FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his former agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, alleging that they “secretly and unilaterally” increased their commission fee on an endorsement deal from 10 percent to 50 percent, according to a court document.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Westchester County Supreme Court, claims “breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, conversion, and other common law violations at law and in equity.”
Revis alleges that Schwartz and Feinsod “set out to take advantage” of him and his limited liability company, Shavae LLC, while the football star was “focused on” the playoffs and Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots. According to the complaint, Schwartz had Revis sign a one-page contract with Healthy Beverage LLC, a manufacturer of iced tea and energy drinks, without explaining the terms of the contract.
The lawsuit also claims that Revis was unaware that his former agents had hired a law firm to represent him in his dealings with the energy drink company. The complaint states that Schwartz and Feinsod “prevented” the new attorney from sending a retainer agreement for legal services directly to Revis and, without Revis’ knowledge, arranged for the company to pay the attorney’s legal bill “directly from funds owed” to Revis.
According to the complaint, “Shocked that a person who had been his lawyer for about nine years, a person he had trusted totally, had taken advantage of him, stolen from him, and refused to return the misappropriated funds,” Revis terminated Schwartz as his lawyer and legal representative in a letter dated May 1, 2016.
Manhattan attorney Mario Aieta told Courthouse News that Schwartz had acted only as Revis’ sports agent and had “never been his attorney.”
Reached by phone Monday evening, Aieta told Newsday: “When all of the facts are known, the allegations against my clients will be proven to be false. And they will confirm that, in fact, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod have done a spectacular job for Mr. Revis, as they’ve done for all of their clients.”
Aieta also said he’s worked with the pair for more than 15 years.