Souleymane M'baye got some good news from a federal judge in New York City this morning when Judge Denny Chin denied the WBA's request to dismiss M'baye's lawsuit. The French junior welterweight had sued the WBA and Ricky Hatton, claiming that the WBA had denied him a world title shot after taking his money for a title eliminator (which M'baye won in 2004). Hatton was dismissed from the suit a couple of months ago and the WBA made a similar request, but this morning's decision means that the WBA will have to defend M'baye's lawsuit in New York City. "The WBA has been sanctioning bouts (and therefore conducting business) in New York for decades," wrote Judge Chin, explaining why the WBA would not be dismissed from the American justice system even though it is based in South America. "It had its convention here in 1921 and 1923 and over the years has regularly sanctioned fights held here." After being dismissed from the case, Hatton gave up his claim to the WBA title at 140 pounds and is scheduled to face the WBA's 147-pound champion Luis Collazo in two weeks. M'baye could contest the vacant 140-pound title against Raul Balbi, although nothing is scheduled yet.