Astros Signal Potential Class Action

No cheating in baseball

Although two World Series champions have been named since the Houston Astros won the title in 2017, Los Angeles Dodgers fans still refuse to accept the defeat.  Instead, they are taking the matter one step further and are talking about initiating a class action lawsuit.  They plan to seek compensation for parking fees, Dodger dogs, and beer.  This potential class action comes in response to the termination of Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, due to their roles in the use of audiovisual equipment to steal pitching signals from other teams during home games throughout the 2017 season.  Read more

A Major Problem in a Minor League

Home run for minor leaguers

In a bill passed by Congress in March 2018, there is a short section entitled “Save America’s Pastime Act,” which intends to prevent minor league players from taking legal action against Major League Baseball.  The Act ensures minor league baseball players are paid federal minimum wages for a 40-hour work week; however, they are not guaranteed overtime pay.  The MLB’s push for this Act came in response to a federal class action lawsuit filed in 2014 on behalf of 45 minor league baseball players who alleged they did not receive fair wages.    Read more

Batting Zero in Ballpark Construction Project

Batter Up

The incomplete construction of the Dunkin Donuts ballpark for the minor league team, Hartford Yard Goats, has led to a $90 million lawsuit against the City of Hartford, CT. The developer hired for the project, Centerplan, claims their contract with the city was unjustly terminated. The city contends that Centerplan missed deadlines to complete the project, made changes to the original plans, and produced several mistakes in the building of the new ballpark. Centerplan blames the city for their delays and the alteration of certain aspects of the original plans. The lawsuit has already progressed to the trial level, and an anticipated verdict will be heard by the end of this Friday, July 5.   Read more

Woman Bruised by Hot Dog at Phillies Game

Beware of flying bats, baseballs, and hot dogs

Demonstrating good sportsmanship is valued in any competitive game.  Kathy McVay may be considered a good sport, but not for playing the game with a positive attitude.  On June 18, the Phillies baseball fan fell victim to the Phillie Phanatic’s hot dog cannon; and sustained facial bruising and a hematoma in her eye.  Instead of using the incident as an excuse to sue for personal injury, McVay is saving the accident as a funny story she can tell others. Read more

Fishy Decision for Miami’s Marlins

White Marlin in North Caorlina, by flickr user Dominic Sherony, licensed by Creative Commons.

Gone Fishin’

The beauty of sportsmanship is trying to out-perform and out-think the competition. A baseball team based in Florida is now trying to claim that, legally, their ownership group is based in the British Virgin Islands. This would mean that any governance by the United States or Florida would not have jurisdiction, and any decisions would have to be filed in Island nation. This would also take a recent lawsuit brought against the Miami Marlins and their former owner, Jeffrey Loria, and essentially throw it overboard. Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami itself are seeking compensation after Loria allegedly over-promised, under-delivered, than sold the Major League Baseball franchise for $1.2 billion. Read More