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Frank McCourt is still waiting to sue his former law firm

August 8, 2011 |  2:08 pm

Mccourt_640 Dodgers owner Frank McCourt plans to sue his former law firm for malpractice, but when he can do so remains uncertain after a court hearing Monday in Boston.

Attorneys for McCourt asked a judge to dismiss a suit filed in Massachusetts by Bingham McCutchen, the firm responsible for the since-voided agreement that would have granted McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers. The judge did not issue a ruling on Monday.

Bingham sued McCourt in April, asking for a preemptive judgment from the court that the firm had done nothing wrong. McCourt strongly disagrees but says the court fight should not begin now because the damages cannot be determined until he either retains or loses control of the Dodgers. In the latter case, McCourt has claimed that damages could run into the "hundreds of millions of dollars."

McCourt has pledged $30 million of his proceeds from a settlement with -- or judgment against -- Bingham as collateral for a personal loan he received from Fox in April.

Also Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross approved a $150-million loan agreement under which the Dodgers will operate during bankruptcy using funding provided by Major League Baseball.


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Photo: Frank McCourt. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times