A lawsuit by Britney Spears' ex-manager against the pop star and her parents will not go to trial until next year, a judge ruled today.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian scheduled the trial of Osama "Sam" Lutfi's lawsuit for March 8, 2010. Attorneys for Jamie Spears, the singer's father, said his client is considering bringing a countersuit, while a lawyer for Lynne Spears, the entertainer's mother, said he may seek to dismiss the defamation claim against her on grounds it interferes with her free- speech rights.
However, attorneys on all sides also told the judge they will see if the case can be resolved with the help of a private mediator.
Lutfi's lawsuit alleges the pop star's mother defamed him, that her father assaulted him and that the singer owes him money for management fees.
Lutfi's court papers allege that Jamie Spears punched him in the chest at the singer's home in January 2008.
In the defamation claim, Lutfi's court papers cite passages in Lynne Spears' book, "Through the Storm, A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World," which he said contain false information, including a claim that Lutfi admitted he threw away Britney's phone chargers and disabled her house phones.
The suit was filed in February, four days after Spears was granted a temporary restraining order against Lutfi, her 36-year-old former boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and attorney Jon Eardley, forbidding all three from having contact with her, her parents and her two young sons.
The order was later extended until 2012 against Ghalib first, then later until the same year against the other two men as well.