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MLB Withdraws Efforts To Disqualify Dodgers' Bankruptcy Counsel

MLB last night withdrew its effort to disqualify the Dodgers' current bankruptcy counsel. The league had made a motion that the club's two firms on the matter – Dewey & LeBoeuf and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor – should be dismissed on conflict-of-interest grounds with regard to Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt. But Judge Kevin Gross of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware said during a hearing last week he "didn't think very highly of the disqualification motion, to be blunt."

The court-appointed mediator in the case, former U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Farnan, also suggested MLB drop the motion, the league said in its filing. The Dodgers had argued MLB's disqualification bid was a "blatant tactical maneuver" aimed at injuring the club's reorganization efforts. The league did reserve the right to re-file the disqualification motion at a later date, if desired.
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