Lawyers for the Los Angeles Dodgers have thrown a brushback pitch in response to a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who suffered severe injuries after an attack at Dodger Stadium.
Bryan Stow, a 42 year-old paramedic from Santa Cruz, attended a Dodgers-Giants game at Dodger Stadium on the night of March 31, 2011. Stow, who was wearing Giants gear, was attacked in the parking lot after the game. He suffered head injuries and has been in a medically-induced coma since shortly after the attack. A recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Stow and his two children alleges nine separate claims against the Dodgers, including charges that the team failed to provide adequate security at the stadium.
But lawyers for the team and owner Frank McCourt argue that Stow’s two children shouldn’t be able to sue the team, in part because they weren’t at the stadium on the night of the incident. So (the team’s argument goes) the kids’ negligence-based claims against the team and their requests for loss of consortium and other damages should be dismissed.
The team is also trying to limit the scope of the lawsuit by asking the judge to reject a claim for punitive damages. And not only that, the Dodgers want the court to throw out the complaint’s references to consumption of alcohol (gasp!) at the stadium, McCourt’s “lavish lifestyle” (McCourt is a named defendant, and no stranger to the L.A. county court system these days), and the lawsuit’s characterization of the incident as “brutal and vicious,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.