In Legal One-on-One Against Ross Perot Jr., Mark Cuban Wins as Judge Tosses Case

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On May 10, 2010, Hillwood Investment Properties' Ross Perot Jr. got the bright idea to sue Mark Cuban in Dallas County District Court, hoping to prove that the "reckless and careless" Dallas Mavericks owner had put the team $200-and-some-odd million in debt and "in imminent danger of insolvency." Perot, who still owns 5 percent of the team he told to Cuban in 2000, wanted the court to appoint a receiver to run the team. To which Cuban's attorneys would eventually respond with the greatest legal filing of all time.

But on the other side is a single piece of paper, just signed by Judge Craig Smith, that ends this case -- for now, anyway. It reads, in part: "IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff Hillwood Investment Properties III, Ltd. take nothing against Defendants Radical Mavericks Management, LLC and Dallas Basketball Limited d/b/a/ Dallas Mavericks, that all claims asserted by Plaintiff are DENIED, and that all costs of court be taxed against Plaintiff." Cuban attorney Tom Melsheimer, once again up to the task, offers this slam dunk: "The Mavs are winning even during the lockout!" Cuban Wins Perot Lawsuit

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18 comments
MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Hillwood Investment Properties v. Radical Mavericks Management   aka    Douche v. Douche

Sammy
Sammy

From a PR standpoint this lawsuit was almost as stupid as IBM giving computers to Highland Park High School.

DD
DD

Take that giant sucking sound of a lawsuit wit chew.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Too bad the taxpayers still lose.  But seeing Lil' Ross' temper tantrum fall down around his ears provides a measure of sweet vengeance.

Mike
Mike

How many more pictures of these guy with the trophy are we going to see?  He did not win the trophy.  Dirk did, the last man on the roster will least playing time did, somebody that was on scrimmage roster and played Dirk tough in the paint did because they played the game.  It was ok in the beginning, but now goes on and on and on.  The ONLY people that matter in sports are the men and women between the lines of the game.  Everybody else is just a suit, no matter how much money you have, because if you were good enough, you'd play the game.  It's amazing how far we've come.  Watching North Dallas 40, you get a sense of revulsion when Dabney Coleman and G.D. Spradlin say we are the team.  Who knows what people think of that line these days.

Don
Don

Can Cuban sue Perot for building the biggest bust in Dallas real estate at Victory Park between the West End and the AAC??  Oh, I forgot, Perot got to simply toss the keys to someone else and walk away from it all.

Rooster
Rooster

That was definitely the "greatest legal filing of all time".  I get a belly laugh every time I read it, especially the way the dude kept referring to the "World Champion Dallas Mavericks".

Admonkey
Admonkey

Can we persuade Cuban to buy the South Dallas Inland Port?

Wang Chung
Wang Chung

Everybody have fun tonight!  Perot is a schmoe

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm pretty sure Cuban had a greater than zero influence on winning the title. Steve Jobs didn't manufacture your iPhone, but he had a little something to do with it.

Paul
Paul

I especially liked:

"... and such further relief to which they are entitled (although they are quite content at the moment)."

Iwearblack
Iwearblack

Better yet: Can we persuade him to buy Alliance as well? ;)

Mike
Mike

In other endeavors, the suits get to claim all or a share of the limelight. Sports are supposed to be different. You may give 19 gazillion dollars to your college, but if you were not good enough to letter, then you are not part of that Varsity Club while somebody now mowing grass is. Come to grips with the fact that others were better and you did not have the stuff to make the team.

Mr. Cuban consistently leaves the impression that he thinks he is on the team. I do not know of any other owners in any sports that act the same way.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

When you start covering the nut on the $63 million+ dollar pay roll you can start dictating photo composition.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Google this Jerry Jones person. You may have heard of him.

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