Everyone saw this coming – According to Bill Shaiken of The LA Times, Frank McCourt has severed ties with the crook, ‘er attorney who “doctored” an agreement between Frank and Jamie:
Frank McCourt has severed ties with Bingham McCutchen, the law firm whose attorney drew up the faulty agreement that could cost McCourt ownership of the Dodgers.
McCourt parted ways with Bingham late last month, after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon threw out an agreement that would have given McCourt sole ownership of the team. The Times confirmed the split on Friday with three people familiar with the matter, none of whom were authorized to speak publicly about it.
Neither Steve Sugerman, the spokesman for McCourt, nor Claire Papanastasiou, the spokeswoman for Boston-based Bingham, would comment.
Legal analysts have suggested McCourt might sue the law firm, claiming its actions cost him the team. Generally, McCourt would have one year from the time Bingham stopped representing him to sue, said Michael Dempsey, a Century City attorney specializing in legal malpractice.
Dempsey said it would be “highly likely” that the sides would have reached an agreement to waive that one-year limit, since the McCourt divorce litigation could extend beyond that.
Such an agreement would preserve McCourt’s right to sue — and ultimately could spare Bingham from a claim of liability if McCourt can secure ownership of the Dodgers, in court or in a settlement.
This is another card that Frank has “up his sleeve.” Could he negotiate a deal with them to help him pay off Jamie? He’s a tricky son of a gun. I have an idea we haven’t heard the last of this.
What does this all mean? Tell me…
- Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com has a good Q & A today.
- I know everyone is underwhelmed at the signing of Mike MacDougal. I have even seen people blast Ned for it. That’s silly – don’t forget that the Dodgers have to stock the roster at Albuquerque, and occssionally, only very occasionally, you get lucky. I live in Indy, which is also a AAA city and we see these “retreads” all the time.