Kimie Bunyasaranand
Tuesday February 19th, 2013

at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. Maryland's motion to dismiss an ACC lawsuit filed against it was denied. The school faces a $52 million exit fee for leaving the conference. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A North Carolina judge refused to drop the lawsuit the ACC filed against the University of Maryland for exiting the conference, reports the Baltimore Sun. The conference slapped a $52 million exit fee on Maryland for its plans to leave the ACC and go to the Big Ten; the school's attorneys filed a motion to drop the lawsuit last month, saying the suit was invalid but was denied.

David Paulson, the spokesman for Maryland's Attorney General, said "the state is going to be be considering its options in light of this ruling." Maryland's attorneys have 30 days to appeal the ruling, which was issued on Monday. The school's argument is that since it is state-funded, it is protected from lawsuits by sovereign immunity. The ACC's attorney says sovereign immunity is not a part of contractual claim in North Carolina.

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