The Samoa Rugby Union has asked the Supreme court for time to respond to the $US400,000 claim filed by former Manu Samoa 7's coach, Damian McGrath.
Defense counsel Semi Leung Wai confirmed to the court last week that they have been served with the claim motion, and asked for an adjournment.
Also included in the lawsuit is the SRU Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.
McGrath claims wrongful dismissal and that SRU had defamed him.
His service was terminated after the Sevens team failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics and still had over a year of his contract to run.
Talamua Online reports the matter is adjourned to the 16th of January for the defense to file and serve a response.
MacGrath has since been appointed Sevens Coach for Canada.