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Lawsuit Claims Law Firm Botched Contract, Leading to Baseball League Troubles

Posted May 3, 2012 9:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a baseball league wouldn’t have lost half of its eight teams if a Chicago law firm had drafted a contract properly.

The suit by the Northern League of Professional Baseball Teams targets the Chicago law firm Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus & Farkas, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the suit, the law firm was told to write a contract requiring member teams to pay $1 million if they voluntarily left the league. Instead, the contract required the fee to be paid if the teams were expelled from the league, the suit alleges.

Four teams jumped to a rival league, forcing the Northern League to suspend its 2011 season, the suit says.

Law firm managing partner Rick Del Giudice told the Tribune that the suit has no merit.

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