LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada Supreme Court panel has denied an appeal in a legal battle between UFC President Dana White and a Las Vegas man who went to jail for trying to extort White in a sex tape affair.
A lawyer representing Ernesto Joshua Ramos in his breach of contract lawsuit against the mixed martial arts mogul said on Monday he would ask the full seven-member tribunal to reconsider Thursday’s decision by a three-judge panel.
Attorney Ian Christopherson said he believes a U.S. District Court judge who in 2016 sentenced Ramos to 366 days in federal prison for the attempted extortion ruled that Ramos had the right to assert his rights against White.
White’s attorney, Donald Campbell, did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.
The state high court panel noted that Ramos and White previously entered into a nondisclosure agreement and said Ramos failed to clarify an error by a Las Vegas state court judge that refused his request.
The Supreme Court’s decision was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Ramos, a Las Vegas real estate agent and personal trainer, has pleaded guilty to threatening to post a video online of his girlfriend having sex with White in a hotel room at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event at the Brazil in October 2014. Ramos was accused of demanding $200,000 from White.
The federal judge handling the criminal case in 2015 had ordered prosecutors, defense attorneys and Ramos not to reveal White’s identity while the case was open.
Ramos filed a lawsuit against White in April 2020 – revealing White’s name as the victim of the extortion attempt and accusing White of failing to pay Ramos the agreed $450,000 to keep White’s name a secret after the closure of the criminal case against Ramos.
White’s lawyers argued there was no deal and called the lawsuit another attempt to use the courts to extort money from White.
The Supreme Court panel also found that Ramos did not have a valid contract with White to compensate him for his silence.
“Without a valid contract, Ramos’ breach of contract claim necessarily fails and the district court correctly dismissed it,” the judges said.