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Editor: D. A. Jeremy Telman
Valparaiso Univ. Law School

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Maybe winning isn't everything

Oakland_raiders Al Davis, the majority owner of the Oakland Raiders football team, is famous for his admonition to "Just win, baby."  But the controversial Davis couldn't follow his own advice today.  He was blitzed by an Alameda County (Calif.) judge who ruled that breach of contract and fraud claims brought against him by the team's minority owners can go forward. 

Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw held that the heirs of E. J. McGah, who had owned 31 percent of the team, succeeded as limited partners and can thus pursue their claims against Davis.  They argue that Davis has used his majority position to be—well, piratical in his relations with the minority owners, taking things that belong to them.  Trial date has not yet been set.

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