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McCourt marital deal on Dodgers said to be invalid

A judge has ruled that a postnuptial marital agreement giving sole ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Frank McCourt is not valid, a spokesman for his estranged wife Jamie McCourt said Tuesday.

Mark Fabiani told The Associated Press the decision means the Dodgers could be shared under California’s community property law.

Fabiani said he saw the decision issued by Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon but had not yet reviewed the entire document.

The ruling came after an 11-day trial that focused on whether the signed pact between Jamie and Frank McCourt in 2004 should decide who owns the team.

Frank McCourt contends the agreement gives the Dodgers to him. His estranged wife argues no one told her she gave up her purported stake in the team by signing the document.

The couple have been embroiled in a nasty and costly divorce trial, where legal bills alone are estimated to top $20 million.

The case has provided the public a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Major League Baseball team. Through testimony and reams of court documents, observers have learned about the Dodgers’ finances and how the couple’s lavish lifestyle affected the team.

Although both sides gave differing accounts of what their intentions were when they signed the agreement, one aspect was clear — neither of them read the agreement closely enough. The pact spelled out how their assets would be divided in the event of a divorce.

Jamie McCourt, 56, maintained she was the team’s co-owner and would never have signed away her purported stake in the Dodgers had she know the agreement took it away from her.

Frank McCourt, 57, countered the pact was his wife’s idea so she could protect her separate property — a group of opulent homes — from his business creditors.

Both took the witness stand during the trial and gave snapshots of their nearly 30-year marriage.


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