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Los Angeles Dodgers LLC has reported that it has filed a motion to disallow all claims (the “Stow Claim”) asserted by Bryan Stow, Tyler Stow and Tabitha Stow against the Los Angeles Dodgers with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
On March 31, 2011, which was Opening Day for the Dodgers’ 2011 baseball season, Stow was injured during an altercation that occurred after the baseball game ended in Parking Lot 2, situated on the outer ring of the parking lots surrounding Dodger Stadium. Stow subsequently filed a complaint in California state court against more than a dozen defendants, including LAD and other debtors.
Stow’s lawsuit, as against the debtors, was automatically stayed under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code when the debtors filed for bankruptcy protection on June 27, 2011. Stow filed the Stow claim with the bankruptcy court on July 11, 2011. Also in July, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested two individuals, Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez, as suspects in the altercation with Stow.
These individuals also attended the Opening Day game and sat on the opposite side of the stadium from where Stow was seated. Neither individual is part of the Dodger organization. Norwood and Sanchez are currently in criminal custody awaiting trial.
The Dodgers have moved that the Bankruptcy Court disallow the Stow claim in its entirety because, as a matter of law, Stow cannot prevail in his claims against the debtors.
The debtors’ motion makes clear, among other points:
In addition, the debtors’ motion makes clear that, based on the material facts that are not genuinely at issue, and, as a matter of law, no basis exists for Stow’s claim for punitive damages. Accordingly, Los Angeles Dodgers have moved that the bankruptcy court should grant summary judgment disallowing all punitive damage claims against LAD.
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