Court Of Appeals: A.G. Can Go Ahead With Investigation
ST. PAUL, June 05, 1998 -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals refused to
block an antitrust investigation of major league baseball by the attorney
general's office, saying it would be premature to intervene in the stadium-linked
A three-judge panel, in a ruling filed Wednesday, rejected a request
filed by the Twins and baseball to block a lower-court order that they
turn over documents regarding league operations going back to 1992.
Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III is investigating whether baseball
owners conspired to get publicly funded stadiums by controlling franchise
The league says a federal exemption from antitrust laws protects baseball
from state antitrust lawsuits. But the appellate panel said allowing the
investigation to continue doesn't prevent that or any other defense if
the investigation leads to prosecution.