Judge rejects effort to return MLB All-Star Game to Georgia


A Manhattan judge on Thursday dismissed an attempt to force Major League Baseball to back next month’s All-Star Game in Atlanta

U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Carponi ruled against a non-profit organization representing small businesses, saying a lawsuit failed to provide evidence that the decision to move the game caused any injury to its members. It’s on

The lawsuit, filed on May 31, alleged that Major League Baseball acted unconstitutionally when moving the game from Atlanta Braves Stadium to Denver after Georgia Republicans enacted a restrictive new voting law.

According to the lawsuit, businesses in the Atlanta metro area would lose $100 million in business because the All-Star Game would not take place.

Georgia’s rewriting of election rules followed repeated unsubstantiated claims of fraud following the loss of the presidency to former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.

Biden has declared Georgia law “un-American” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has said he decided to move all-star events after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization formed after the death of George Floyd last year.

Before the ruling, Caproni had a verbal spat with attorney Howard Kleinhandler for more than an hour, making it clear that he thought there was no basis for the lawsuit’s claims and that his organization had no reason to sue. did not stand for.

The lawsuit sought $100 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. The attorney said he represents the Washington-based Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization described in the lawsuit as a nonpartisan organization that supports more than 30 million businesses nationwide, including more than 10,000 Georgia businesses.

He said his client supports Georgia’s new election law.

At one point, Caproni said: “This case is not about whether Georgia law is a good law or a bad law.”

After Caproni made it clear through her interrogation of Kleinhandler that she would rule against the lawsuit, lawyers for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association kept their arguments brief. Out of court, he declined to comment.

In the ruling, Caproni said he doubted whether Atlanta businesses could have caused anything close to $100 million in damages. She said the plaintiffs further weakened their case when they suggested that Major League Baseball could remedy the damages by setting up a $100 million relief fund for damaged businesses.

He said such a fund would make it difficult to argue that any losses would be irreparable.

Out of court, Kleinhandler said Caproni’s decision was disappointing and that lawyers were required to evaluate legal options.

Kleinhandler noted that a legal document described how business owners in Atlanta were reluctant to go public with the damages caused to them by Major League Baseball’s decision because they feared protests against them or bad online reviews. Such as intimidation tactics will be used.

“We grieve for those small businesses because this game was, in many respects, the difference between possibly keeping their doors open and closed forever,” he said.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Major League Baseball

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