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Angels again prevail in legal battle over tote bag giveaway
2008-11-24 21:25
by Bob Timmermann

Back in 2006, a man named Michael Cohn sued the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim because they had a giveaway on Mother's Day where all women in attendance received a free tote bag.

Cohn felt that the giveaway was discriminatory based on age and gender. Last year, an Orange County Superior Court dismissed the case, but it ended up in the State Court of Appeals.

And Cohn's claim was rejected again. From Bill Shaikin's story in the Los Angeles Times:

"This important piece of legislation provides a safeguard against the many real harms that so often accompany discrimination," Justice Kathleen O'Leary wrote in the opinion. "For this reason, it is imperative we not denigrate its power and efficacy by applying it to manufactured injuries such as those alleged by the plaintiff in this case."

The court ruled there was no discrimination in a "promotional gift" provided to women so long as the Angels did not discount the admission price for women.

The court also rejected Cohn's demand that the Angels reimburse the fees for his attorney. He argued he had in fact won the case because the team gave away bags the following year to all fans, regardless of gender.

No payment is in order, the court ruled, because the Angels changed their policy not to comply with the law but to avoid "another costly and irksome lawsuit."

A pdf of the opinion is available through this link. The case is titled Cohn v. Corinthian Colleges. (Corinthian Colleges was the sponsor of the giveaway and were listed before the Angels as a defendant.)

2008-11-25 08:31:21
1.   ToyCannon
They should have made him pay for the Angel attorney fee's.
2008-11-25 08:38:51
2.   old dodger fan
A victory for common sense.
2008-11-25 12:09:04
3.   Eric Enders
And fans of Ladies Night at bars everywhere rejoice.
2008-11-25 20:42:44
4.   68elcamino427
Thankfully the court prevented Angels and their fans from being "Cohned".
2008-11-25 23:41:41
5.   mintxcore

has this been covered here?

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