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ESPN legal analyst: A-Rod lawsuit “does not amount to much”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A-Rod Season  BaseballIt should be pretty obvious that I’m no legal expert. But Lester Munson is.

Writing for ESPN.com, Munson says Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball doesn’t have much legal muscle, but it might still serve its purpose.

“As a lawsuit, it does not amount to much,” Munson wrote. “As a declaration of war on Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, it works well.”

As for specifics…

If legal theories were to be ranked by their validity and strength, “tortious interference” would be at the bottom. If you want to sue someone and have no legitimate basis for suing them, you use “tortious interference” as the theory. … (If) Rodriquez really wanted to present his grievance in a public court action, he would have said that MLB’s misconduct must be stopped immediately with an injunction. If he asked for an injunction, he would be in court in a matter of days. He did not ask for an injunction. He does not want his assertions tested in court in a public hearing on an injunction. He is asking instead for compensatory and punitive damages. He wants money.

The immediate impact, Munson writes, might be a stop to the media leaks that seem to be coming from the league office.

It’s an interesting read. Go check it out if you’re looking for perspective that can go beyond the surface of those 33 pages in the lawsuit. I’m not at all a legal expert and don’t want to pretend to be one.

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