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Posted on: Jun 19, 2019

From Business Law Today:

A federal district court has opened the door for professional athletes to file lawsuits in the United States against foreign professional sports teams—and potentially the international conglomerates that own them—to resolve employment disputes.

In Lutz v. Rakuten, Inc. et al., Civ. Action No. 17-3895 (U.S.D.C. E.D. Pa.), Zach Lutz, a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player for the New York Mets, filed suit against Rakuten Baseball, Inc., a Japanese baseball company that owns and operates the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (the Golden Eagles), and Rakuten Inc., a Japanese e-commerce company and corporate parent of the Golden Eagles (Rakuten), for reneging on an agreed-upon contract for Lutz to play for the Golden Eagles for the 2015 season.

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