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OFF THE RADAR SCREEN? MLB IN COURT OVER GIANTS NON-MOVE
Published September 28, 1994
A civil lawsuit brought against MLB by Vincent Piazza and Vincent Tirendi, who were rejected in their bid to move the Giants to FL, is scheduled to begin tomorrow in a Philadelphia federal court. The suit alleged that Piazza and Tirendi's civil rights, state contract laws and federal antitrust laws were violated by MLB. Harvard Law's Paul Weiler, noting that a jury may be prejudiced against the owners by the ongoing labor dispute: "There's no doubt the strike makes this a tougher case for baseball." The case will center around the issue of "defamation" concerning a '92 comment from Fred Kuhlmann of the Cardinals that Piazza had problems with his "background." Piazza alleges an anti-Italian bias. But the case has "the potential to bring down" baseball's antitrust exemption. While U.S. District Court Judge John Padova has already ruled that the exemption "won't have any validity in this case," the owners vow to appeal the case to the Supreme Court should Piazza and Tirendi prevail (Noam Neusner, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/28).