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Friday, January 30, 2009
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So what are the Yankees' damages for the comments in Torre's book?

Anonymous john -- 2/02/2009 10:31 AM  

Hi John, thanks for the comment.

I don't see a viable legal claim by the Yankees against Torre, so I don't think there are any damages. Specifically, I don't think libel would work, especially since the Yankees' players and their key front office personnel would likely be considered public figures (plus truth is always a defense to libel, and from what I've seen, Torre for the most part was merely offering his opinions and views, which readers presumably understand to be subjective impressions).

And even if we assume there was a viable claim, I don't see how the Yankees' front office and players have been damaged in a legally-compensable way. Sure, the book may have annoyed them, but Torre was just offering his views and impressions of his time in NYC.

Blogger Michael McCann -- 2/03/2009 12:18 AM  

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