Friday, October 15, 2004

Expos hearing to be held day before stadium renovation meeting

The Associated Press
October 15, 2004

MIAMI (AP) -- A hearing on the lawsuit aimed at blocking the Montreal Expos' move to Washington, D.C. will be held in Miami the day before the capital's city council is scheduled to vote on millions of dollars in renovations to RFK Stadium to make it ready for next season.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages on Friday set Dec. 6 for the hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction against the move sought by 14 former limited partners in the Expos.

The judge left open the possibility she would rule from the bench at the end of the hearing.

The partners sued in Miami federal court in July 2002 claiming major league baseball and commissioner Bud Selig fraudulently conspired with former Expos principal owner Jeffrey Loria to eliminate Montreal and allow him to buy the Florida Marlins. The injunction would halt the Expos' move pending trial on the merits of their claims.

But a three-member arbitration panel's ruling expected by Nov. 15 may make the hearing moot.

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