Dodgers Attorney Wants Partial Blame Assigned to Bryan Stow in Lawsuit Over Attack

Bryan Stow family photo
From ESPN LA:

An attorney representing the Dodgers and owner Frank McCourt filed a civil complaint against the two men charged in the Opening Day beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, arguing that they should be held liable for the attack, not McCourt, the team or other parties named in the suit filed by Stow’s family in May.

“One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event,” McCourt’s attorney Jerome Jackson told ESPNLosAngeles.com…

Jackson said that if the case goes to a jury trial, he will ask jurors to assign percentages of liability to the Dodgers, McCourt, Norwood, Sanchez, Stow and the other entities named in the original suit. If financial damages are awarded, they would be paid out at those percentages.

“I’ve been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet in which it didn’t take at least two people to tango,” he said, referring to the notion that jurors could decide Stow bears some liability in the attack. “So stay tuned and stand by.” Full article

Stow’s family filed a lawsuit against the Dodgers in May. You can read the full text here. The suit alleges it took 10-15 minutes for Dodger Stadium personnel to arrive on the scene of the attack, and that inadequate security measures amounted to a failure to take reasonable steps to prevent the incident.

The LA Times reported on Tuesday that the Stow incident is playing a role in Major League Baseball’s lawsuit against McCourt for “looting” $189 million from the team.

On Monday, the adversaries each used Stow to make their case. The league claimed the aftermath of the Stow incident revealed how inadequate stadium security was on McCourt’s watch; the team claimed that aftermath revealed how low Selig would stoop to drive its owner out of the league.

“He set about fabricating the public misimpression that security at Dodger Stadium was somehow inadequate,” the Dodgers’ filing read. “This is, by far, the most unforgivable action taken by the commissioner during this entire saga, and has caused enormous and irreparable harm to the Dodgers, Mr. McCourt and the game of baseball.”

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