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Jamie McCourt: Frank changed the agreement

August 19, 2010 | 10:03 am

Jamie McCourt

The agreement that Frank McCourt says gives him sole ownership of the Dodgers was thrown into dispute Thursday when his estranged wife asked a court to consider three copies of that agreement that she says specifically exclude him from sole ownership of the team.

In a court filing Thursday, Jamie McCourt argues there were six copies of the agreement, three that provided Frank with sole ownership and three that did not. Dennis Wasser, an attorney for Jamie, said the wording that provided Frank with sole ownership was changed after Jamie signed the agreement, thus committing fraud.

If the judge deems as valid the three copies that Jamie has urged the court to consider, Wasser said, the case could be quickly decided in Jamie’s favor.

“I don’t think there’s much to argue about,” Wasser said.

The purpose of the agreement, Wasser said, was to shield the couple’s non-business assets from creditors. He said Jamie never would have signed an agreement in which she had been told she would have surrendered her interest in the Dodgers in exchange for sole ownership of the couple’s homes.

“They weren’t trading assets,” Wasser said. “There was no quid pro quo, to trade residential property for the Dodgers. That would have been absurd. No one would have ever done that."

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-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Jamie McCourt in 2006. Credit: Los Angeles Times