Baseball Sues Biogenesis for Tortious Interference with Contract

Hello baseball fans and contract law fans! (That would be an interesting Venn diagram.) Anyway, this morning Major League Baseball sued Biogenesis (among others) for allegedly tortiously interfering with the “Joint Drug Agreement” between MLB and the MLB Players Association. The basic theory is (1) that MLB and the MLBPA have a contract pursuant to which the players agree not to use drugs and (2) that Biogenesis interfered with that contract by giving drugs to certain players.

Bonds & Steroids

Craig Calcaterra is one of my favorite baseball writers–and he also happens to be a former lawyer. He’s got a post up at NBC’s Hardball Talk in which he helpfully provides a copy of MLB’s Complaint; he concludes that the “lawsuit is crazy on its face” and “should be thrown out of court.” Indeed, Calcaterra is “shocked Major League Baseball found someone who would file it.”

Well, I’m not so sure… Continue reading


Daily Decisions: Varying Standards of Review of Workers’ Comp Decisions

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of thinking about Jorge Cantu’s injuries, mainly because he was on one of my fantasy baseball teams for about four seasons in a row a while back. Well, Jorge L. Cantu v. Department of Labor & Industries (Division 3, March 27, 2012) (published May 8, 2012), involves an injury to Jorge Cantu, but it’s not this Jorge Cantu:

Jorge Cantu

Unfortunately, this post has nothing to do with baseball. No, it’s about an injury a different Mr. Cantu suffered to his knee while working at WestFarm Foods back in 2004. He initially filed a claim with the Department of Labor and Industries about a month after his accident. Pursuant to that claim, and based on his leg injury, Cantu was awarded permanent partial disability payments from WestFarm. Continue reading

Baseball > Legal Analysis (at least for today)

I would love to write more about the Fifth Circuit vs. President Obama, which seems to be of interest to lots of folks all over the interwebs.  (Folks from South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and England read that post!)  But today is opening day (or Opening Day, depending on how you feel about it) and tonight is my long-time league’s fantasy baseball draft. So today is a baseball day. I generally finish in the bottom half of my league, but this year I’m committed to a more average or slightly above average result. To that end, I’m actually going to spend some time this afternoon looking at players, planning a draft strategy, and all that good stuff.  Should be fun.

In more general news, things are going well here at Ziff Blog!  After two weeks the site has had over 1100 views (!!) from ten countries.  And while I know a good number of those are from friends and family, there have to be some real people out there reading the blog. (Although I have confirmed that all my views from Italy are from a friend with no real interest in Washington civil litigation.)

Thanks to everyone for checking out the blog. I appreciate it. And go Twins!