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Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:56 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Hey everybody, it's frivolous lawsuit time!

Apparently, back in February of 2008, there was some sort of awards banquet with an auction in Miami. Marlins president David Samson -- who doesn't own the team, mind you -- said the first item up for bid was the Marlins and he'd sell them for $10 million, seemingly as a joke. And a man said he'd bid the $10 million, which was surely seen by everyone in attendance as furthering the joke.

Instead, Omeranz and Landsma Corporation in Florida is now suing the Marlins, believing it bought the Marlins for $10 million and that the Marlins have breached contract. Seriously, here's the court filing PDF, via Sportinlaw.com.

Too many things annoy me about this. First of all, I understand it takes time to file lawsuits, but it's quite the coincidence that the lawsuit is filed now that the Marlins have their new home, a shiny new payroll -- with new free agents Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle -- a high-profile manager (Ozzie Guillen) and some solid young up-and-comers (Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, etc.). Why wasn't this filed in 2010? It took more than two years to put together this case, when a nine-figure profit hangs in the balance (if the plaintiffs win the Marlins)?

It seems rather obvious the main intent is to get the Marlins to pay a lump sum settlement to make this go away as quickly as possible. Here's hoping Jeffrey Loria (the Marlins actual owner) refuses to do so and the court just throws this thing out. Not to get all preachy, but we don't need to start suing companies over jokes, especially when the person making the joke doesn't have the right to sell.

Hat-tip: Sun-Sentinel.com

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Comments

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:28 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

Wow! I wish my boss would jokingly say I'm going to give you a million dollar raise... especially since he is the one who signs the approval line on my appraisal.Laughing



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

I'm sure I'll get criticized for saying this but if you read the complaint, it actually does have a little merit especially if the President of the team was the one who offered it for $10 million (even if in jest).  After all, the President of the team is a fiduciary of the team and has the ability to bind them into agreements.  I'm not saying it is a winnable case but I'm sure it'll cost the team a little for his gaffe!

That said, I'm not saying I would ever file a suit like that and it's probably a money grab by Omeranz but you never know what sort of ruling a judge could come up with.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

What a moron this douche you can't buy a sports franchise for 10 miilion dollars unless it's two dozen Burger King franchises lol.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

Neptune, Please turn in your legal degree if you are actually smart enough to have one which I doubt. It is illegal to sell something you don't own period. If it was so I will take any bid over 10 mil for the white house so I can evict the current occupants.




Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

If I was the city of Miami I would tell this jerk that you may own the team but since our agreement to play in the new park is with the current ownership and is not transferable unless agreed upon by both parties good luck in finding a place to play. And by the way if you want to use the new park you have to pay for all construction costs plus any legal fees associated. If this doesn't get thrown out then they should have the heads of the judges.




Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:55 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

Have we reached the point in America where we can't even tell a joke anymore for fear of being sued? This lawsuit is about as ridiculous as the notion that an American President would pass on the Keystone pipeline and all its obvious benefits so it could go to China. Wait, that actually happened!



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

@Neptune Ummm....He didn't own the team....You can't sell something that isn't yours. This will be tossed away. It's sad that people are trying to make money this way. I hope it immediately gets thrown out.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

Neptune you are a joke in itself. get a life.



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

Who's being more idiotic:  the plaintiff, or the attorney?  The former probably doesn't have $10M to spend to begin with, and the "professional" filing the suit ought not to waste the Court's time.  The Marlins might want to countersue (on grounds of defamation), and the lawyer should have his license revoked by the Florida bar.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Miami Marlins being inexplicably sued

The reality is that while this may prove to be a frivilous lawsuit, the mear presence of the company suing the Marlins gives them marketing exposure.  And if there is one thing that is known about marketing is that any publicity (negative or positive) is better than no publicity.  Go ahead and jot this down as a marketing ploy by Landsma Corp of Florida who I hadn't heard of prior to this BS tactic for attention.


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