On Friday, Alex Rodriguez filed a complaint against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, and Bud Selig himself, claiming, among other things, that they “engaged in tortious and egregious conduct with one, and only one, goal: to improperly marshal evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez, one of the most accomplished Major League Baseball players of all time.”
On Monday, MLB et al. struck back with their own filing.
Theirs is a motion to have the lawsuit moved from New York Supreme Court to a federal court, with what appears to be the ultimate goal of having the complaint dismissed entirely.
In his own filing A-Rod’s lawyers complain repeatedly that MLB is “trampling Mr. Rodriguez’s collectively bargained rights.”
If that’s what they want to fight about, the MLB says, fine–then this fight should be in federal court. The MLB argues it is a national organization whose collectively bargained contract falls under the Labor Management Relations Act. As such, the league says, Rodriguez’s claims are “governed solely by federal law.”
If they succeed in getting the case moved to federal court, MLB’s next move will likely be to get the case dismissed on the grounds that it should be sorted out through a private arbitration process. Both the basic agreement and joint drug agreement, MLB says, “provide for the resolution of disputes through private final and binding arbitration.”
Read the whole thing for yourself …
And here’s A-Rod’s original complaint: