Cuban v. Perot

Published June 24, 2011

Ross Perot Jr.–yes, the son of that Ross Perot–owns 5 percent of the stock of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team; yes, that Dallas Mavericks team. A while back, he sued the team alleging, under the majority ownership of Mark Cuban, “a litany of questionable, business, financial, and personnel” decisions amounting to mismanagement of the team.

Cuban’s lawyer filed a motion asking the court to throw out the case. In support the lawyer submitted just 93 words of argument, and a picture worth at least a thousand words:

“On June 12, 2011, the World Champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat to claim the franchise’s first NBA championship. A true and correct photo of one of the many victory celebrations is incorporated herein.

“Under Hillwood’s [Perot’s] ownership, the team was deemed the ‘worst franchise’ in all of professional sports. Under Cuban’s stewardship the Mavericks have become one of the league’s most successful teams and are now NBA champions. Accordingly, there can be no genuine question that Hillwood’s claims of mismanagement lack merit and Hillwood’s claims should be disposed of on summary judgment.”

Law professor Jonathan Turley says this is the legal equivalent of “in your face” in basketball. True, but another “F” word–frivolous–comes to mind.

Source: Jonathan Turley, “Best Motion To Dismiss Ever?”, June 24, 2011