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Dodgers Creditors’ Panel to Have Beating Victim’s Representative

July 14, 2011

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers official creditors’ committee will include representatives of the man beaten after the team’s first home win, an attack that helped prompt Major League Baseball to appoint a monitor over the team, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records.

The family of the man who was beaten, Bryan Stow, sued the Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt in May. The attack drew widespread media coverage and was one reason Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a monitor to oversee the team, Dodgers’ attorney Bruce Bennett said at a court hearing.

Others on the official committee of creditors include AVM Systems Limited Partnership, KABC Radio LLC, Major League Baseball Players Association and fireworks company Pyro Events, Inc., according to a filing by the Office of the U.S. Trustee, an arm of the Department of Justice that monitors bankruptcies.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy on June 27 after Selig rejected a proposed television-rights deal McCourt negotiated with News Corp.’s Fox Sports.

Unsecured creditor committees are involved in business bankruptcies, sometimes by challenging the company to raise more money for creditors and sometimes as the company’s ally. The committee hired the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP to represent it in the case. The firm’s bills will be paid by the Dodgers.

“We’re very happy,” Morrison attorney Lorenzo Marinuzzi said. Christopher Aumais, a Los Angeles-based lawyer for Stow, declined to comment immediately.

Stow, a 42-year-old San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz, California, suffered a fractured skull when he was attacked in a Dodgers parking lot following the home team’s 2-1 win over the Giants on March 31.

Stow, who was in a coma, has shown signs of improvement such as parting his lips when his temperature is taken, or moving his arm toward a television in his room, according to a website set up by his family.

The bankruptcy case is In re Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, 11- 12010, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

--With assistance from Phil Milford in Wilmington, Delaware. Editors: Charles Carter, Peter Blumberg

To contact the reporters on this story: Steven Church in Wilmington, Delaware, at schurch3@bloomberg.net; Michael Bathon in Wilmington, Delaware, at mbathon@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net


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