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ST. LOUIS — A St. Charles sports agent is suing a former partner in a dispute over their share of a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher's salary in Japan.

Platinum Sports and Entertainment Management, of St. Charles, sued Pierce and Associates and Steve Pierce of Arizona in April in St. Charles County Circuit Court. Pierce and his firm filed a motion in federal court in St. Louis on Thursday seeking to move the case there.

The lawsuit says the two agencies entered into a contract in 2011 to represent Brandon Dickson, and that the contract renewed automatically each year.

The lawsuit says Pierce or his company terminated the joint venture without giving proper notice, and that the St. Charles firm is now owed $60,000 for its share of Dickson's $2 million 2020 contract, plus a share of his performance bonus.

Pierce's lawyers declined to address the claims in the suit when contacted Friday.

Dickson, 35, played for the Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds at various times from 2010-2012. He currently pitches for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

Robert Patrick • 314-340-8131

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This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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