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Friday, January 10, 2020

In bizarre lawsuit, Yankees’ failed prospect says Derek Jeter ruined his career

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day:

In a rambling, conspiracy-laced lawsuit, a failed prospect, who never played above High-A and had a career batting average of .244, sued the Yankees for $34 million and blamed Yankees legend Derek Jeter for derailing his career as a shortstop, presumably because the soon-to-be Hall of Famer was afraid of the competition.

It was a wild swing and a miss.

In the lawsuit, dismissed by a judge in May, Garrison Lassiter used letters, newspaper clippings and scouting reports to weave a strange tale of conspiracy that he said was launched against him “to protect the career of Derek Jeter.” He alleged that it was “blantanly (sic) obvious” that Jeter controlled the Yankees organization, and he insisted Yankees employees libeled and slandered him to other teams, preventing him from reaching the major leagues.

The reason? “To protect the career of Derek Jeter.”

 

QLE Posted: January 10, 2020 at 01:26 AM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, garrison lassiter, lawsuits, yankees

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Minor-league players win another ruling in federal minimum-wage lawsuit

A group of minor league players suing Major League Baseball over alleged illegally low wages secured an important victory in court Friday.

MLB had sought to prevent a 2014 lawsuit brought by minor league baseball players seeking minimum wage and overtime pay from proceeding as a class action, but the Ninth Circuit court in San Francisco has denied the league’s request.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it’s the second major ruling to go in favor of the players. On Aug. 16, 2019, a three-judge panel ruled that the 2014 lawsuit originally brought by forty-five minor league baseball players against MLB, then MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, and a number of MLB franchises, could proceed as a class action.

The August ruling also allowed minor league players in California, Arizona and Florida to participate, which is significant considering that all 30 teams hold spring training in either Arizona or Florida. The lawsuit, which alleges that baseball’s owners have not complied with labor laws, could expand to include thousands of players who participated in spring training from 2014 to 2019.

My apologies for the nature of the link- the source is behind a pay-wall for me.

Any assessment of this from the site lawyers?

 

 

QLE Posted: January 04, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuits, minor leagues, wages

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Chicago Cubs facing federal review over Wrigley Field access

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are investigating whether the Chicago Cubs’ ongoing $1 billion renovation of Wrigley Field provides adequate wheelchair access.

The Cubs have filed a notice of the review in Chicago federal court where the team is defending itself against a lawsuit filed by a wheelchair user who alleges the stadium’s seating doesn’t meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and is actually worse than before the renovation.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a team attorney wrote in a letter to the judge that the Cubs believe the renovation has “significantly increased” accessibility in the 105-year-old stadium, but that the team is halting plans to install more accessible seating before the 2020 season, calling it prudent to wait for federal officials to conduct the review.

 

QLE Posted: December 07, 2019 at 10:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuits, wrigley field

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Phillies Phile Lawsuit To Prevent Phanatic Phrom Becoming Phree Agent

Biggest mascot case since the Mr. Met - Mrs. Met divorce?

In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, the Phillies accused Harrison/Erickson Inc., the creators and designers of the Phanatic, of threatening to withdraw from their 1984 agreement to let the Phillies use the mascot “forever.” According to the suit, the designers have “threatened to obtain an injunction against the Phillies’ use of the Phanatic” and “make the Phanatic a free agent,” selling the rights to the furry, green-beaked creature to another sports team if the Phillies do not renegotiate with the mascot’s creators and pay them “millions of dollars.”

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, lawsuits, mascot law, mascots, philly phanatic

 

 

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