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Today is a day we should all root for Frank McCourt

Aug 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Frank McCourt AP

Of all of the litigation in which Frank McCourt is currently involved, the one in which I’m most staunchly on his side is his malpractice action — or malpractice action to-be — against the lawyers that handled the property distribution agreement between him and his wife.

As became clear during the divorce trial, one lawyer’s switching out copies of the agreement to fix what appeared to be a drafting mistake, rather than have Frank and Jamie re-execute a corrected agreement, was the turning point. It gave Jamie McCourt the opportunity — disingenuously in my view — to argue that she was always entitled to half of the Dodgers.  But because of lawyer’s actions the judge was left with little choice but to set the agreement aside and treat the Dodgers as community property. That’s malpractice, pure and simple.

We’re not quite to the point where that’s being litigated, but Frank McCourt is in court today to make sure that day comes.  The law firm sued him first, actually, claiming unpaid fees and hoping to head off the malpractice claim. Today Frank is trying to have the fee claim dismissed so he can proceed.  And it’s important that he win it: he took a $30 million personal loan from Fox earlier this year, secured by the proceeds from the lawsuit. Risky as hell, but that’s Frank.

Anyway, Bill Shaikin, as usual, has the full story.  Let us all enjoy the brief period in which we can actually root for Frank McCourt.

  1. cur68 - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Yeah, right. Go Frank…go get cleaned out by your old firm, that’s what. Can’t do it Craig. Just can’t root for this guy. This is like cosmic justice for his douchebaggery. Finally, it seems someone screwed over Frank and not the other way around. Is this wrong of me, to support injustice? Yeah, probably, but umpires routinely issue ‘make-up’ calls. This is justice’s make-up call. I applaud justice’s make-up call and would like to ask for more of the same for McBroke & Co.

  2. FC - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    I dunno… McCourt is a scumbag, but anytime we can screw lawyers for being paid ridiculously large sums of money and STILL managing to screw up because they can’t get a piece of paper in the right place? Not even McCourt deserves that kind of fate… he just deserves being fed … to a pair of Rottweilers… that have gone hungry… for a week…

  3. dlevalley - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    I’m just as bent out of shape about the malpractice thing as you Craig, but…

    This guy doesn’t get any breaks. When you screw people over for a career and produce nothing of value with your entire life, you get no sympathy from the masses when you get wronged. With how much time Frank has spent litigating his way to false riches, something like this is bound to happen.

    Yes, the law firm should be punished. No, it’s not fair that Frank has to fight Jamie for ownership of the Dodgers. Does Frank deserve every bad break from here on out? Yes. Yes he does.

  4. CJ - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    “Today is a day we should all root for Frank McCourt”

    Do we really have to?

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      He said we should, he didn’t say we must.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Can’t do it, Craig. Frank McCourt brings out the pragmatist in me. If he loses this round, he’s broker than ever, he probably has to declare personal bankruptcy due to the Fox loan, Fox (i.e. Rupert Murdoch) gets screwed, and the day the Dodgers have to be sold draws closer by an exponential increment. That’s a lot of moral victories for millions of Dodger fans and victims of TPN’s blowhard pundits and misinformation shovelling, stacked up against one measley moral victory against a bungling law firm.

        And remember the words of the immortal (though dead) George Bernard Shaw: “All professions are conspiracies against the laity.” A “moral victory” over one law firm is as meaningful as a piss in the ocean.

      • Jeff M. - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:04 AM

        I’m with ya, Gator. McCourt going down for this would correct some karmic imbalances.

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    I think the only way I root for Frank McCourt is if he’s a secret member of Seal Team 6.

  6. IdahoMariner - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    I’m with you on the umbrage over the lawyer’s screw-up — but that comes from McCourt having a knack for choosing to associate with people just as lazy and sloppy and always-looking-for-the-easy-cash as himself.

    So, as a lawyer, I say embarrass those guys, take their cash and give it to the family of Brian Stow (if there were some legal way to do it), but Frank … nope, can’t root for him. Against his lawyers, but not for him.

  7. Jeff M. - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    “We should all root for Frank McCourt.”

    Oooooh. And *that’s* where you lost me. That’s really not gonna happen.

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