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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Rays minority owners sue principal owner over ‘fraudulent transfer,’ other claims

The plaintiffs have alleged in multiple lawsuits that Sternberg transferred the Rays into a different business entity, Rays Baseball Club, without their knowledge. In March 2021, the same five owners — Robert Kleinert, Gary Markel, the MacDougald Family Limited Partnership, Stephen M. Waters and a trust in Waters’ name — filed a lawsuit that alleged a “scheme to squeeze out the limited partners” starting in 2004. The group owns about 9.6 percent of the Rays.

All counts in the original lawsuit but one, a request to expel Sternberg as general partner, were sent by the judge to arbitration. In May, in an attempt to dismiss that count, lawyers for Sternberg argued that the minority owners’ complaints “amount to nothing more than the personal grievances of limited partners.”

A second lawsuit, filed in February, alleged the partners had been provided with documents “with obviously altered dates” and had not been provided some documents at all…

The newest lawsuit alleges that Sternberg did not disclose that a $376 million payment from the team’s regional sports network, Fox Sports Sun (now known as Bally Sports Sun), had been received after the ownership of the team and had been transferred into the new entity.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2022 at 01:43 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: June 30, 2022 at 12:05 AM (#6084692)
Link malfunction alert.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2022 at 09:35 AM (#6084731)
Fixed.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 30, 2022 at 10:41 AM (#6084739)
I'm shocked, shocked that a former Goldman Sachs partner would screw over his investors.
   4. Zach Posted: June 30, 2022 at 07:50 PM (#6084910)
"But he came so highly recommended from the prestigious Screw Over the Investors program at Goldman Sachs! That's where they send their top people!"

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