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Bryan Stow Settlement Could Be "Massive" for Dodgers: Attorneys

Attorneys for the Dodgers creditors' committee say the payout could threaten the ability of the team to pay creditors

By Sajid Farooq, Jonathan Lloyd and Lolita Lopez
|  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011  |  Updated 6:55 PM PDT
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    A payout to Bryan Stow and his family could be a "massive" financial liability for the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to attorneys for the team's creditors.

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    The Dodgers are more than $600 million in debt, and a group of attorneys have been assigned to act on behalf of the team's creditors. This week, attorneys for the group said that any payout to the San Francisco Giants' fan, who was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day last season, could seriously impact the team's ability to pay off its debts.

    The debt amount does not take into account  any potential settlement or estimate of a jury reward for Stow and his family.

    Stow's attorney Thomas Girardi told NBC4 none of the creditors, which includes Stow's parents, have expressed any concern to them about financial payments.

    The Stows' lawsuit involves the team and corporations like the stadium and parking that were set up by Dodger owner Frank McCourt and are not under the bankruptcy case, Girardi said.

    He believes all creditors will receive their fair share and that the Stow lawsuit will not affect the bankruptcy filing.

    The team doesn't believe it is liable for Stow's injuries, but the family filed claims to the contrary in their lawsuit against the Dodgers. The lawsuit filed May 24 does not specify an amount for Stow's care. It names McCourt and 13 McCourt-owned corporations, including stadium, parking lot and concession entities.

    Stow's family is seeking damages for the team's alleged negligence in protecting fans at its stadium.

    McCourt is trying to sell the team for more than $1 billion, with debts and tax liabilities that could hit that number.

    This week, "Rock Center with Brian Williams" showed video of Stow's recovery for the first time since his sustained injuries to his frontal lobe. While Stow is now able to communicate at a basic level and slowly write his name, his family doubts that he will ever be able to return to work as a paramedic.

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