Frank McCourt has a pretty spiffy malpractice suit heating up


Saw this coming since September:  Frank McCourt has fired his old law firm and his old law firm has hired its own law firm that specializes in defending legal malpractice suits.

This all the result of Jamie McCourt winning the battle over that marital property agreement that was supposed to have the Dodgers being Frank’s sole property but, because of some document switcheroo, ended up being held a nullity and the Dodgers rendered joint property of the McCourts.

As I said at the time, I believe Frank’s old lawyer when he says that he was just trying to make the replaced document conform to the couples’ wishes. A simple mistake and then a harmless fix, right?  But, sadly for him, Frank and his law firm, you can’t just go switching out legal documents like that. Or, at the very least you should destroy the old superseded version.*

The upshot of all of this is that, eventually, Frank is going to have help paying Jamie off to settle the divorce. Help from his old law firm in the form of a malpractice suit settlement.   I suppose that’s depressing on some level, but it could be worse.

*Note: that’s still wrong, but hey, at least no one is getting caught then!

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.