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Bankruptcy judge urges settlement in Bryan Stow-Dodgers lawsuit

March 8, 2012 | 11:00 am

Bryan Stow with children

A bankruptcy judge is urging attorneys for Bryan Stow and the L.A. Dodgers to settle their legal dispute over a beating in the stadium parking lot that left the San Francisco Giants fan critically injured.

Stow's attorneys filed a civil suit against the Dodgers in Los Angeles Superior Court and a subsequent claim against the team in Bankruptcy Court. They have said Stow will need lifelong medical care and cited $50 million as a "conservative total estimate" of his damages stemming from the beating last year on the Dodgers' opening day.

With the civil case on hold, the Dodgers last month asked the Bankruptcy Court to throw out Stow's claim and find that the team could not be held liable because stadium security was at record levels and the attack could not have been reasonably foreseen.

Stow's attorneys say the Dodgers are trying to use the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to execute an end run around the civil trial, where a jury would hear the case. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross put off a decision until March 21.

Stow, 43, was transferred March 1 from a hospital and into “a facility with aggressive therapy,” his family said on its website. He had been receiving treatment at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center since October.

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Photo: San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, pictured here with his children, was severely beaten in a Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day last year. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters

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