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LIGHTNING WANT PUBLIC IN THE DARK OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS
Published March 23, 1998
Lightning attorneys have filed a request to have the team's financial records kept out of public view, "citing the text of a recent Tampa radio interview in which plaintiff Marc Ganis ... promises next year's trial will be a 'media circus,'" according to Larry Dougherty of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Ganis, who accuses the Lightning of "thwarting his bid to start an NHL franchise in Tampa" and is seeking more than $100M, said in a March 4 interview: "I want this information to be made public. You and the press are going to love the information that comes out of this." But attorneys for the team and former Lightning exec David LeFevre say that Ganis' interview "reveals a willingness to abuse the legal system to damage the team and vent his personal frustrations." Team attorneys are also worried that Ganis "would publicize confidential business documents provided to him during pretrial discovery." Ganis could not be reached for comment (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/21).