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Dodgers Don't Want to Be On the Hook for Punitive Damages in Stow Family Lawsuit

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Court papers filed this week by attorneys for the Los Angeles Dodgers and team ownerFrank McCourt indicate the baseball franchise is looking to have a request for punitive damages dismissed in the lawsuit filed by the family of beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Several specifics of the suit, which names 14 defendants, are taken to task in these papers, reports the Daily News. Among the objections are the Dodgers' responsibility to Stow's children, who are among those on behalf the suit was filed, because the Dodgers believe they are not liable for the interests of people who were not present at the game or during the beating.

The papers also say "the complaint does not specifically state which of the 14 named defendants undertook the alleged actions that purportedly gave rise to punitive damages."

Also brought up in the Stow suit is the sale of alcohol, and the ensuing cancellation of a half-off beer promo, as well as McCourt's management of the team, and the problem of gang members attending games. The Dodgers are seeking the removal of those mentions from the lawsuit.

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The Dodgers' filing will be discussed in front of a judge on September 30th.