MLB, Players Union and Commissioner Rob Manfred to be Sued For $1 BILLION Over All-Star Move

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Major League Baseball, the players’ union and commissioner Rob Manfred have been named in a $1 billion lawsuit by a conservative corporate group over the recent decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s new voter laws.

In the filing, obtained by DailyMail.com, the Job Creators Network (JCN) says that unless Manfreds decides to reschedule the annual event in July, businesses in the Atlanta area will suffer $100,000,000 in losses.

Including punitive damages, the plaintiffs are seeking $1 billion, which would be distributed by the JCN, under court supervision, to the Atlanta area businesses allegedly damaged by the move. If the lawsuit succeeds, the league’s 30 teams, not the 1,200 players represented by the union, would be responsible for paying that $1 billion, JCN attorney Howard Kleinhendler explained to DailyMail.com in an email. -mail.

Major League Baseball spokesmen did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

FoxBusiness.com was the first to report on the lawsuit.

Major League Baseball, the players' union and commissioner Rob Manfred (pictured) have been named in a $1 billion lawsuit by a conservative corporate group over the recent decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest against Georgia's new voter laws

Major League Baseball, the players’ union and commissioner Rob Manfred (pictured) have been named in a $1 billion lawsuit by a conservative corporate group over the recent decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest against Georgia’s new voter laws

The Job Creators Network, a conservative group representing small business interests, says unless MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to reschedule the annual event in July is reversed, businesses in the Atlanta area will lose $100,000,000 in losses. will suffer, according to the application obtained by DailyMail.com.  The group targeted Manfred in an ad campaign in April (pictured)

The Job Creators Network, a conservative group representing small business interests, says unless MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to reschedule the annual event in July is reversed, businesses in the Atlanta area will lose $100,000,000 in losses. will suffer, according to the application obtained by DailyMail.com. The group targeted Manfred in an ad campaign in April (pictured)

Manfred moved the April All-Star Game away from Atlanta's Truist Park (pictured) amid national outcry over Georgia's controversial new voting law, which critics say is unfairly targeting poorer minority voters with vote identification requirements

Manfred moved the April All-Star Game away from Atlanta’s Truist Park (pictured) amid national outcry over Georgia’s controversial new voting law, which critics say is unfairly targeting poorer minority voters with vote identification requirements

As described in the filing, the JCN alleges that MLB, the MLBPA, Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark “conspired to cancel the All-Star Game in Atlanta…with a direct, punitive and malicious intent to hurt Plaintiff.” to intimidate and punish. ‘

“MLB defendants planned to punish Georgians for issuing a reasonable statute for voting rights and to force Georgia and its duly elected government to give up Georgia’s sovereignty in our federal system.”

Manfred moved the April All-Star Game away from Atlanta’s Truist Park amid national outcry over Georgia’s controversial new voting law, which critics say is unfairly targeting poorer minority voters with vote identification requirements. President Joe Biden, who defeated incumbent Donald Trump by less than 12,000 votes in Georgia last November, said the law is “un-American” and a “blatant attack on the constitution and good conscience.”

Supporters of the law, including Governor Brian Kemp, say it is actually expanding voting access as it adds more early voting days. Like Biden, Trump slammed the bill, but did so because it was “too weak.”

JCN’s lawsuit cites controversial pending vote audits in Arizona and Georgia as justification for Georgia’s “Election Integrity Act,” which it says “is to prevent future abuses, promote transparency and trust in election laws…” Critics of the audits have claimed they are attempting to bolster Trump’s lies about voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Including punitive damages, the plaintiffs are seeking $1 billion, which would be distributed by the JCN, under court supervision, to the Atlanta area businesses allegedly damaged by the move.  If the lawsuit succeeds, the league's 30 teams, not the 1,200 players represented by the union, would be responsible for paying that $1 billion, JCN attorney Howard Kleinhendler explained to DailyMail.com in an email. -mail

Including punitive damages, the plaintiffs are seeking $1 billion, which would be distributed by the JCN, under court supervision, to the Atlanta area businesses allegedly damaged by the move. If the lawsuit succeeds, the league’s 30 teams, not the 1,200 players represented by the union, would be responsible for paying that $1 billion, JCN attorney Howard Kleinhendler explained to DailyMail.com in an email. -mail

Critics of the new Georgian voting law say it unfairly targets poorer minority voters with vote identification requirements.  Protest groups protested in Atlanta before the law was passed

Critics of the new Georgian voting law say it unfairly targets poorer minority voters with vote identification requirements. Protest groups protested in Atlanta before the law was passed

Protesters gather in Atlanta for a March 27 demonstration against Georgia's voter ID law

Protesters gather in Atlanta for a March 27 demonstration against Georgia’s voter ID law

Supporters of the law, including Governor Brian Kemp (pictured), say it is actually expanding voting access as it adds more early voting days.  Like Biden, Trump slammed the bill, but did so because it was

Supporters of the law, including Governor Brian Kemp (pictured), say it is actually expanding voting access as it adds more early voting days. Like Biden, Trump slammed the bill, but did so because it was “too weak.”

Founded by former Home Depot CEO Bernie Marcus (pictured), the Job Creators Network is a conservative advocacy group that receives funding from The Mercer Family Foundation, another major conservative donor

Founded by former Home Depot CEO Bernie Marcus (pictured), the Job Creators Network is a conservative advocacy group that receives funding from The Mercer Family Foundation, another major conservative donor

JCN’s lawyers also argue that the move caused disproportionate damage to minority businesses.

“Some of these companies will incur significant losses if the All-Star Game is not immediately reinstated at Truist Park,” the file reads. “According to the US Census Bureau, Atlanta has a 51% black population, while Denver’s black population is only 9%. Data from the US Census Bureau also shows that there are about 7.5 times more small black businesses in Georgia than Colorado.”

The JCN also claims it has been affected, saying it paid $1.6 million “to address the damage” of Manfred’s decision with an advertising campaign aimed at undoing the move. In addition to an April ad in The New York Times, the group rented a Times Square Billboard to attack Manfred with the slogan, “All Strikes & No Balls?”

In addition to the other defendants, the lawsuit also names “John Does 1-50,” who are described as “companies, corporations and individuals who conspired with defendants,” although the filing states that “the identities of these individuals are unknown at this time.” ‘

Founded by Bernie Marcus, former CEO of Home Depot, the Job Creators Network is a conservative advocacy group that receives funding from The Mercer Family Foundation, another major conservative donor.

MLBPA Director Tony Clark (pictured) was named in lawsuit, which, if successful, will demand Major League Baseball's 30 franchise pay the entire $1 billion fine

MLBPA Director Tony Clark (pictured) was named in lawsuit, which, if successful, will demand Major League Baseball’s 30 franchise pay the entire $1 billion fine

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