Dodgers want Bryan Stow claim thrown out of bankruptcy court
The Los Angeles Dodgers asked a federal bankruptcy judge Friday to reject claims for damages filed by the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten in a Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day of the 2011 season.
In a 44-page motion to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in Delaware, attorneys for the Dodgers argued that neither the team nor other entities in the baseball club's corporate structure have any liability for the March 31 assault that left Bryan Stow in a coma for months.
Stow and his two children sued Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and 13 other Dodger-related companies in May, alleging negligence and poor security arrangements at the ballpark.
Two men, Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were arrested in July and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and mayhem.
In August, the Dodgers and McCourt sought dismissal of the claims brought by Stow's minor children, Tyler and Tabitha, as well as what the ball club says is the beating victim's false contention that half-price beer was offered at the stadium that day and contributed to unruly behavior that spilled into the parking lot after the game. The team also asked that Stow's references in his lawsuit to McCourt's wealth and lifestyle be deleted as irrelevant.
The latest filing asks the Bankruptcy Court to reject Stow's claims altogether, arguing that he can't prove a connection between the alleged security lapses and his beating.
"The Dodgers had no knowledge of any inappropriate conduct by Stow's assailants prior to the time that Stow sustained his injuries and, as a matter of law, are not liable for failure to anticipate criminal acts of third parties," the team said Friday.
The Dodger entities filed for bankruptcy in June. Their lawyers are preparing for sale of the team, the proceeds of which are expected to pay down the $573 million in debt racked up since McCourt bought the team in 2004.
[For the record, 9:28 p.m., Feb. 3: An earlier version of this post said McCourt filed for bankruptcy in June along with the Dodger entities.
For the record, 6:45 p.m., Feb. 4: An earlier version of this post said the Dodgers and McCourt asked Judge Gross in August to dismiss some claims brought by Stow; that request was made in federal court before another judge, not before Gross.]
-- Carol J. Williams
Photo: An image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow and his two children is shown on the scoreboard at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters