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Dodgers Say Beaten Fan’s Bankruptcy Claims Should Be Denied

February 17, 2012

(Updates with team’s argument in third paragraph.)

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers asked the judge overseeing the team’s bankruptcy to dismiss injury claims by a San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten in a Dodgers parking lot after a home game in March.

The Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt were sued in May on behalf of the man who was beaten, Bryan Stow. The attack drew widespread media coverage and was one reason Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a monitor to oversee the team before McCourt put it in bankruptcy.

“The Stow claim is, when stripped to its core, based on the faulty premise that a landowner is an insurer of the safety of persons on its property,” the team said in its motion. “That is not the law in California.”

California law only protects people from “foreseeable injury,” the Dodgers said.

Stow, from Santa Cruz, California, was left in a medically induced coma with a fractured skull after being attacked following the home team’s 2-1 win over the Giants on March 31.

Christopher Aumais, a Los Angeles-based lawyer for Stow, didn’t immediately return a phone seeking comment on the filing by the Dodgers.

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

--Editors: Peter Blumberg, Michael Hytha

To contact the reporter on this story: Steven Church in Wilmington at schurch3@bloomberg.net

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


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