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L.A. court rejects Jamie McCourt's bid to return as Dodgers CEO

November 5, 2009 | 10:41 am

A Superior Court Commissioner ruled today that Jamie McCourt should not be reinstated as chief executive of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

McCourt's husband, Frank McCourt, fired her last month amid their divorce proceedings. 

Although her attorneys had argued that it was simply a matter of returning her to the “marital status quo,” Commissioner Scott Gordon found otherwise. 

“From an employment analysis, there’s no law that would support the court reinstating an employee,” Gordon said. The commissioner said that the issue of whether the team is community property is a complex issue that should be decided at trial, not at the emergency hearing he was presiding over today.

Neither Frank nor Jamie McCourt was present. Instead, each sent a platoon of lawyers.

Jamie McCourt has argued she is a co-owner of the baseball team and was deeply involved in running the organization. But Frank McCourt’s lawyers today reasserted their stance that he is the sole owner as far as Major League Baseball is concerned.

“Her position has been largely ceremonial,” said attorney Mark Seltzer, representing Frank McCourt. “He makes the major decisions.”

Seltzer argued that reinstating Jamie to her position as CEO "would be destructive in the extreme. ... This is a community asset, a treasure of Los Angeles that will be disrupted .”          

Attorneys for Frank McCourt have argued that he had the right to fire his estranged wife and had paid her $500,000 to cover her salary from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. With a separate hearing on spousal support set for Dec. 15, the attorneys have said, the reinstatement bid is "little more than a backdoor attempt" for more money until then.

-- Carla Hall at L.A. County Superior Court