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Bryan Stow attorneys ask court to reject Dodgers statement [UPDATED]

February 15, 2012 |  1:29 pm

Dodgersbig1Attorneys for Bryan Stow on Wednesday asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to reject a proposed disclosure statement necessary for the Dodgers to exit bankruptcy.

Stow, the fan beaten and critically injured in a Dodger Stadium parking lot beating last March, has sued the Dodgers in Los Angeles Superior Court and filed a claim in Bankruptcy Court. The Dodgers earlier this month asked the court to throw out Stow's claim.

Stow's attorneys are expected to file a formal objection to that request next week. The papers filed Wednesday relate to a disclosure statement necessary for the Dodgers to proceed with their plan of reorganization — that is, the sale of the team.

In Wednesday's filing, Stow's attorneys asserted that the Dodgers do not need to resolve the claim in order to proceed with the sale of the team. They also alleged that the Dodgers are trying to use the bankruptcy process as an end run around Superior Court, as the defendants in that suit include the Dodgers and other entities in bankruptcy as well as parties not in bankruptcy, including team owner Frank McCourt.

"The proposed releases seem designed particularly to protect Mr. Stow's non-debtor defendants from facing trial in state court," attorneys for Stow wrote.

A hearing is set for next week. In the interim, the Dodgers can file a formal reply and/or try to resolve the issues surrounding the disclosure statement with Stow's attorneys.

[UPDATED, 2:03 p.m.: "The Disclosure Statement objection filed by Stow is not actually an objection to the adequacy of disclosure," the Dodgers said in a statement. "It is in reality an objection to confirmation of the Dodgers' plan of reorganization. The Dodgers will deal with the Stow objection at the appropriate time. The objection will not delay or obstruct confirmation of the Dodgers' plan."]

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