Bonds plans lawsuit against authors - UPDATED AGAIN!
by Bob Timmermann
The attorney for Barry Bonds, Michael Rains, announced that he is filing suit on behalf of his client against authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams as well as their publisher Gotham books and also Sports Illustrated and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Rains is attempting to have all the profits from the book forfeited to Bonds under California's unfair competition law.
Just what the heck this means is unclear and the Griddle's crack team of legal experts is trying to figure it out. We think it has something to do with intellectual property.
They [Bonds's attorneys] said they would ask a Superior Court judge to issue a temporary restraining order freezing all profits from the book. The judge would then appoint a receiver who would have custody of the funds during the suit and would distribute them to charity if Bonds won the case.
There's no chance of that, said [Eve] Burton, the Hearst Corp. lawyer. It's not illegal for a newspaper to obtain or use grand jury testimony, she said, "as long as the reporters didn't retrieve or receive the information in violation of the law," like stealing them from the grand jury room, she said.
It took 50 minutes for a judge to rule against Bonds citing "serious First Amendment issues."