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Jurisdiction for law firm's suit against Alex Rodriguez still up in the air

Alex Rodriguez signs autographs as he arrives at

Alex Rodriguez signs autographs as he arrives at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York. (Nov. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

A federal judge on Friday admonished the law firm of one of Alex Rodriguez's former attorneys for filing a "defective" lawsuit against the Yankees third baseman.

Rodriguez is being sued by Gordon & Rees LLP, the law firm of attorney David Cornwell, for more than $380,000 in unpaid legal bills. Cornwell was one of Rodriguez's attorneys when he sparred with Major League Baseball in 2013 regarding the length of his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III said at a hearing Friday that in order for the firm's lawsuit to remain in federal court in Manhattan, Gordon & Rees has to state in a new filing that its partners do not live in Florida, the state where Rodriguez resides.

Gordon & Rees already amended its lawsuit once, correcting A-Rod's home state to Florida.

"Maybe the third time will either be a charm or a strikeout," Pauley said.

The judge gave Gordon & Rees until next Friday to correct the issue, threatening to dismiss the lawsuit. Gordon & Rees then could file its suit in state court in Florida. But its attorney, Peter Siachos, said he prefers to pursue it in federal court.

"If this case stays before me, maybe we'll get to the merits of it before A-Rod gets to spring training," Pauley said.

He then quizzed Rodriguez's attorney, Stephen Grafman of Sharp & Associates, about his client's prospects of a return to the Yankees after a season-long PED suspension.

"He's coming back to the Bronx, right?" Pauley asked.

Grafman replied, "We believe he is."

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