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Dodgers Ask Judge to Dismiss Jamie McCourt’s $131 Million Claim

March 23 (Bloomberg) -- The bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team are seeking dismissal of Jamie McCourt’s $131 million claim, saying owner Frank McCourt must pay his ex-wife.

The McCourts signed a divorce settlement requiring Frank to give Jamie $131 million by April 30 or sell team assets to make the payment, according to court records. Since the team isn’t a party to the settlement, it cannot be forced to pay Jamie, the Dodgers said in a filing yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington.

“It is anticipated that Ms. McCourt will be paid by Mr. McCourt from any distribution,” from a sale of the team, the Dodgers said.

Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers after months of legal battles with Major League Baseball, News Corp.’s Fox Sports, which televises the team’s games, and Jamie McCourt. The team may sell for more than $1 billion, it said in a court filing last year. The sale is required to be completed by the end of April.

Laura Davis Jones, a lawyer for Jamie McCourt, didn’t immediately return a call for comment yesterday on the filing. Jamie McCourt had filed a so-called proof of claim in the bankruptcy case, demanding that the team pay her $131 million.

The case is In re Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, 11-12010, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Steven Church in Wilmington at schurch3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net

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