If I am getting served papers, I also may not want these papers and am trying to screw the process, but there are methods of confirming receipt.
All that I have seen as far as notification is a single email from Hamlett to Pearson. Even if Pearson was in fact the correct contact person, there should be more notification than a single email with no acknowledgement of receipt - e.g. Fed Ex requiring signature, Certified Mail, contemporaneously documented phone calls. It should be standard operating procedure to meet the contract stipulation and then "over-communicate" via documentable methods.
I'm confident that there are these things, and the MLSPA/Kaku is saying it doesnt matter because Pearson was wrong agent anyway. However, if it is true that the sole method of documentable communication was Hamlet's email, that's just lazy and unprofessional.
my understanding is that Pearson was the agent that rep Kaku when he signed with MLS. When Pearson represented Kaku, he was not required to register with MLSPA. RBNY was in constant communication with Pearson regarding Kaku's transfer requests. However, pearson never registered or paid the registration fee with the MLSPA. It appears there are no consequences if a player's agent does not sign up with MLSPA since the MLSPA doesnt enforce any rules.
Since Pearson did not register, MLSPA claims that he does not represent KAKU. if MLS and RBNY are relying on Hamlets email as a contract renewal, that is a red flag and sloppy. there should have been multiple notifications to Kaku's reps and Kaku. since Pearson does acknowledge that he received the email, it should be sufficient evidence that kaku's contract was renewed since there is evidence that Kaku was repped by Pearson.
i would be shocked if Hamlet didnt get reassigned to scout after this fiasco.