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Dodgers Bankruptcy Could Affect Stow Case

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    The Dodgers, as you've probably heard, are out of financial options.

    As such, they've filed for bankruptcy and are in the middle of an embarrassing Monday in which the team's books are being heavily scrutinized.

    For instance, did you know that they still owe Andruw Jones $11 million? Or that they owe Manny Ramirez $20.9 million? Or that they owe the White Sox $3.5 million? Or that ... well, yeah, you get the point -- they owe lots of people lots of money.

    And it could be more people soon, as the Dodgers are currently being sued by the family of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.

    You see, per U.S. bankruptcy law, a bankruptcy filing will put a stay on all lawsuits or actions to collect debts.

    This should be a relatively temporary stay because of the Dodgers' immediate need, if they want to remain in Chapter 11, to free up some cash.

    So that's good news for the lawsuit.

    However, because this is a Chapter 11 case, there won't be a trustee appointed to handle the Stow lawsuit.

    This is bad news for the Stow family, because were a trustee appointed, it's more than likely that such a person would be more rational than the McCourt family and proceed with some sort of settlement.

    Instead, until MLB figures out what they'll do with the team, it looks like the lawsuit could hang around.

    Stow's lawyers can request relief from the stay in order to proceed with the case. And it's probably pretty likely that a judge, understanding that too lengthy a stay could drain money that the Stow family would seek to recover.

    The Cove reached out to Stow's attorney, Tom Girardi, for comment, but has yet to hear back.