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GMs served with papers in players' suit

Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:20 pm
A procedural but interesting wrinkle in the players' antitrust lawsuit in Minnesota emergered Thursday. In addition to filing the complaint in district court, the plaintiffs' attorneys served papers via first-class mail on all 30 NBA general managers, according to court documents in the case.

The certificate of service was amended in the court records Thursday to add the Miami Heat. When the lawsuit was filed Tuesday, the Heat were left off the list of team general managers served with the complaint. For unknown reasons, the attorneys served the papers on Heat executive and salary cap expert Andy Ellisburg, rather than team president and Hall of Famer Pat Riley.

Also, the Knicks' copy of the lawsuit may get lost in the mail. It was sent to Donnie Walsh, who is no longer the Knicks' team president.

Sending the complaint to team general managers does not mean they're liable in the lawsuit. It's simply a procedural step, and also one of many ways that attorneys can and do annoy defendants in civil lawsuits. It is not known if the same procedure was followed in the separate antitrust lawsuit filed in California Tuesday because the government's online database had not finished loading for that case.

In other developments Thursday, commissioner David Stern updated the full Board of Governors via conference call on the state of the collapsed collective bargaining talks and the litigation. In addition to the antitrust lawsuits filed against the NBA in California and Minnesota, the league has a pending case in the Southern District of New York in which it is asking a federal judge to rule that the lockout cannot come under antitrust attack by virtue of the players dissolving the National Basketball Players Association.

Stern explained the meaning of the two antitrust lawsuits, but it is likely that a strategy session discussing how to proceed won't happen until owners on the labor relations committee meet or have a call themselves, according to two people familiar with the league's procedures.


Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:55 pm

GMs served with papers in players' suit

I found the letter that allegedly was written to Donnie Walsh.  It was stuffed in an insurance ad featuring a miniature alligator.  I opened the envelope and saw that the letters were in ransom font.  There were quite a few misspells, but the message was pretty simple:  "Request for Urgent Business Relationship..."  My Dear Mr NBA...  There was also link to 419 a site with instructions to leave an account number with an offer to collect "$5 billions US dollars."  I don't think the GMs will be concerned because the link might be a Nigerian 419 scam.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:17 pm

GMs served with papers in players' suit

What did the papers say ?

"Stickum up MO-FO... gimme all yalls moneys or get a cap in yo azz...we got dempendants to feed".  Respectfully, Billy Hunter ?? 

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