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FANS BEGIN CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST BASEBALL OWNERS
Published November 8, 1994
Joel Bernstein, a Manhattan attorney, has been retained by a group of season-ticket holders to launch a class-action suit against MLB. The action alleges "unjust enrichment" and fraud on the part of the owners and seeks $183M in damages. Bernstein has "process-servers spread out across the nation," serving notices to owners and MLB officials. Bernstein: "The owners are only offering refunds or credits on 20 unplayed games. But they have earned $15 million in interest on the advance payments for those games that were not played. This is what the law calls unjust enrichment. ... If they were selling season tickets while knowing the season probably wouldn't be played out, you could say that was fraud (N.Y. POST, 11/8). BASEBALL MEETING: "Where do we go from here? That was the "principal question" Monday when execs of the 28 clubs opened a 3-day meeting in Phoenix, according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE's Jerome Holtzman. "No. 1 on the agenda" for the owners: "How do we sign the 595 players not under contract for 1995?" The main problem for the teams is to determine what revenue estimates can be used to pay players in '95 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/8). One team, the Royals, is likely to trim its payroll from $42M to "just more than" $30M. Right now they have five players which take up $20M, so the team may trade a high-price talent to get to the $30M level (Dick Kaegel, K.C. STAR, 11/8). Baseball's traditional Winter Meeting of all GMs will be held next week in Scottsdale. NEW TALKS: Labor talks are set to resume next week in Rye, NY. Mediator Bill Usery has proposed "going round the clock until at least Sunday" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 11/7).