Judge dismisses San Jose's remaining claims vs. MLB

Judge dismisses San Jose's remaining claims vs. MLB
January 3, 2014, 8:45 pm
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A judge dismissed the two remaining state law claims in San Jose's antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Dec. 27. (APIMAGES)

A judge dismissed the two remaining state law claims in San Jose's antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Dec. 27.

The claims were dismissed without prejudice to refiling by district judge Ronald Whyte, meaning the city can still refile the case in state court.

Compared to the dismissal of San Jose's illegal monopoly claims back on Oct. 11--the crux of the city's case against the MLB--the most recent ruling is relatively small news. MLB still retains the right to bar the relocation of the Oakland A's to San Jose if they deem it to be contrary to the best interests of the baseball.

The official ruling as released by the district court is as follows:

"On October 11, 2013 the court issued its order dismissing Plaintiff City of San Jose et al.'s Sherman Act claim and its state law claims for violation of the Cartwright Act and for unfair competition. On December 27, 2013 the court dismissed without prejudice to refiling in the appropriate state court the two remaining state law claims. Therefore, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that judgment be entered in favor of defendants Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, an unincorporated association doing business as Major League Baseball, and Allan Huber “Bud” Selig and against plaintiffs City of San Jose; City of San Jose as successor."

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