LIGHTNING WANT PUBLIC IN THE DARK OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS
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).