Today, we learn from Sport In Law via HardBall Talk that there exist some fully grown and developed individuals on this planet whose understanding of what constitutes a lawsuit isn’t a whole lot more developed than my childish definition.
Omeranz & Landsma Corporation is suing the Miami Marlins Baseball Club, claiming it bought the team at a public auction in 2008. The plaintiff claims it attended the Fourth Annual Awards Banquet at Diplomat County Club and Spa in Hallandale Beach, Florida on February 8th 2008. Allegedly, a major component of the banquet was an auction. David Samson, President of the now Miami Marlins (it was the Florida Marlins at that point-in-time), was the auctioneer at the event. According to the suit, the Marlins were offered for sale with bids starting at ten million dollars. Omeranz & Landsma claim they made the only bid and a bidding contract was created.
I don’t think I’m reading too much into things by assuming that the auctioning off of the Marlins was done in jest. I just hope that common sense can prevail and the no-humoured opportunists suing the baseball team don’t profit from their actions at all.