Published Monday, 14 October 2013
Major winning golfer Rory McIlroy is taking the case to court. (© Getty)
The 24-year-old is seeking termination of his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports.
It is understood the issue is centred on fees charged by the ex-agent on endorsements.
The details were not outlined in court on Monday, but McIlroy is reportedly unhappy with the amount paid to Horizon - thought to be some €5.9m - since he signed in 2011.
His legal team applied to have the case fast-tracked in the Commercial Court in Dublin - but the barrister for Horizon has revealed a counter claim will be also be heard.
The agency is fighting the action and maintains the contract was fair.
A provisional date for the trial has been listed for October 2014.
In a statement, Horizon spoke of its "disappointment" in McIlroy's decision to initiate legal action seeking to terminate his representation contract.
The company added: "Regrettably, this legal action has been taken despite Horizon's efforts to reach an orderly and fair resolution.
"The claim will be defended vigorously and comprehensively in legal process.
"Horizon has confidence in its position. We will always be proud of what Rory McIlroy and Horizon achieved together and we wish him well in his future golf career."
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