June 11, 2021
New York (Reuters)-Next month’s annual baseball All-Star game remains in Denver after a federal judge rejects a conservative small business group’s request to return to Atlanta on Thursday.
At a hearing in Federal Court in Manhattan, Judge Valerie Caproni of the U.S. District Court disputed the decision that the Job Creators Network would run a Major League Baseball game, or faced irreparable damage. He said he lacked legal status to show that he was.
In early April, shortly after Georgia adopted a new restrictive voting method, MLB moved its July 13 match from Troist Park, a suburb of Atlanta, to Coors Field, Denver.
Caproni said MLB’s decision did not select SMEs for unfair treatment, including plaintiffs’ estimated 3,600 members in the Atlanta area.
“It’s a conservative statement to say that the proceedings are weak and confusing,” Caproni said.
“The decision dealt with big and small. Black and white; Latino and Asian; Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist. Male and female; Heterosexual, gay, transsexual. Democratic Party. The Republican business owners are exactly the same, “she said.
Despite plaintiffs’ “strong interest” in where the game took place, “it wasn’t clear why we were more interested in Atlanta SMEs than Denver SMEs,” she added.
Georgia law was signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp with the approval of a Republican-controlled legislature.
It added absentee ballots, limited dropbox identification requirements, and made it a misdemeanor to give water and food to people in line to vote.
Plaintiffs’ lawyer Howard Kleinhendler said MLB’s opposition to the law was not a reason to punish Georgia’s small businesses and other businesses.
“We don’t like your vote, so we can’t say for Colorado and against Georgia,” he said.
MLB states that by running an All-Star game, it can demonstrate its value and contribute to the public good.
The Job Creators Network is also seeking $ 100 million in compensatory damages and $ 1 billion in punitive damages.
Its founders include Bernie Marcus, a retired co-founder of Atlanta-based Home Depot Inc.
(Report by Jonathan Stempel, New York, edited by Chris Reese, Jonathan Oatis, David Gregorio)
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