Judge favors Frank McCourt in divorce fees fight

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm •  Published: June 26, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ex-wife of former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt must reimburse him $1.9 million in legal fees after she unsuccessfully contested their divorce settlement, a judge has tentatively ruled.

Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon issued his decision Tuesday, citing provisions in the former couple's divorce settlement that called for any party that contested the agreement to pay the other side's attorneys' fees.

The ruling was issued as a civil trial drew to a close in a case over whether McCourt and the Dodgers were responsible for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at the team's home opener in 2011. Bryan Stow, a former paramedic who suffered debilitating injuries in the attack in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, is seeking more than $36 million from the team and McCourt. Closing arguments in the case began Thursday morning.

In September Gordon rejected Jamie McCourt's claims that her husband shortchanged the value of the Dodgers, which sold in 2012 for more than $2 billion.

Frank McCourt's attorneys sought repayment of nearly $2 million in fees spent opposing the motion. Jamie McCourt's lawyers argued in April the fees were excessive.