Virat Kohli-Nike dispute: Karnataka High Court orders status quo

Nike claims Virat Kohli had breached the contract by disagreeing to continue being its brand amabassador till 2014 © Getty

Bangalore: Aug 20, 2013 

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered issuance of emergent notice to cricketer Virat Kohli on a suit filed by sports giant Nike accusing him of breach of an endorsement contract with it.

Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh directed Kohli to maintain status quo for the next four weeks regarding endorsement deal signed with Nike and adjourned the case.

In its suit filed yesterday, Nike claimed Kohli had breached the contract by disagreeing to continue as its brand amabassador till 2014. The five-year contract from 2008 was extendable by one year.

Nike, in its suit, has pleaded with the court to restrain Kohli from entering into or negotiating any endorsement deal with any third party until the expiry of the deal, company counsel Aditya Sondhi said.