Dodgers Owner McCourt's Ex-Wife Seeks Documents on Baseball Team Finances
Frank McCourt, embroiled in a divorce dispute over ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, should turn over documentation about the Major League Baseball team’s finances and business dealings, his ex-wife said.
Jamie McCourt, in a filing yesterday in state court in Los Angeles, asked a judge to order her ex-husband to turn over the information following a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times report that Frank McCourt made a secret deal with a Fox unit of News Corp. for a $200 million loan secured by the team’s television rights.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected the agreement, Jamie McCourt said, citing the Times article.
“It is outrageous that Jamie and her counsel have to rely upon the news media for information that Frank is affirmatively obligated under California law to provide before the fact,” Jamie McCourt’s lawyers said in the filing.
Frank McCourt last year lost a trial over the validity of a postnuptial agreement that he said made him the team’ sole owner. Without the agreement, signed before the couple moved to California, their assets, including the Dodgers, are presumed to be community property unless proven otherwise and Jamie McCourt is entitled to any material information about those assets, her lawyers said.
Ryan Kirkpatrick, a lawyer for Frank McCourt, said in an e- mailed statement that his client has complied with his obligations to Jamie McCourt and that their attorneys have already scheduled a meeting to discuss how to exchange information about assets under their separate control.
“It is not clear why Jamie decided to file a motion for the disclosure of information before that meeting even took place, and before she has disclosed any information to Frank regarding the assets under her control,” Kirkpatrick said. “In any event, we will respond to the substance of the motion through our responsive filing.”
The couple went to trial in September, a year after Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, over the validity of the postnuptial agreement they signed when they moved to Los Angeles from Boston. The $421 million acquisition of the Dodgers from Fox Entertainment Group Inc. was completed Feb. 13, 2004. The team is worth about $727 million, Forbes magazine said in April.
The McCourts were officially divorced Oct. 26, almost 31 years after they were married.
No date has been set for the next phase of the trial, which will address their ownership claims to the Dodgers and their other assets. Dennis Wasser, another lawyer for Jamie McCourt, said in January that phase of the trial was at least one year away.
The case is McCourt v. McCourt, BD514309, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Los Angeles).
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