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L.A. Dodgers -- McCourt Agreement Invalid

12/7/2010 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A judge has just thrown out a marital agreement that would have made Frank McCourt the sole owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers ... but that's not the end of the story.

Jamie McCourt Divorce

TMZ has learned the core of Judge Scott Gordon's ruling is that the post-marital agreement that Jamie and Frank McCourt signed -- making Frank the sole owner of the team -- was invalid because there was no "meeting of the minds" between the former couple.

In essence the judge was saying that Frank and Jamie never had a joint understanding of what it meant when title to the team was transferred solely to Frank.


According to Jamie McCourt's lawyers, the upshot of the ruling is that the Dodgers are officially community property, which means Jamie and Frank co-own the team ... which would be a HUGE victory for Jamie.

But sources connected with the case tell TMZ ... the fight is not over. There could be a trial that takes the fight beyond community property issues -- technically called "common law ownership."

Sources connected with Frank tell TMZ their position is that ... under California law -- since Frank has title to the Dodgers, there is a presumption that he owns it despite community property laws.

But sources connected with Jamie say that argument is ridiculous ... that a person who has technical title cannot subvert the community property laws.

Dennis Wasser and Michael J. Kump -- lawyers for Jamie McCourt -- tell TMZ, "We are very pleased that the property agreement has been invalidated. We hope that it is possible to resolve this matter in a reasonable manner. The Dodgers are a valuable civic asset and Los Angeles fans deserve stability in the front  office and a winning team on the field."

120710_trope_video_tmzUPDATE: Frank's attorneys -- including Sorrell Trope -- just held a news conference to insist that Frank is still the sole owner of the Dodgers ... and that the judge's ruling about the post-marital agreement did NOT make Jamie a co-owner.



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31.

Lori    

AHHAAAHHAAAHHHAAA...Suck it FRANK

1311 days ago
32.

Lori    

UMMM...HEY THERE! Number 33 can somebody tell you to put a sock in it? Oh and is English your SECOND language...tool.

1311 days ago
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Joao    

Good old Judge Scott Gordon, or as I would prefer to call him, "Hip Pocket Gordon". This guy is so freak'n scary. Can you imagine him on the Supreme Court (not that it doesn't have enough losers on it already)

How in hell can he suggest that the two entered into an AGREEMENT with attorneys because there was not "meeting of the minds". WTF does that mean? It's called an "AGREEMENT" A-HOLE. I just looked up the word "AGREEMENT" and the first thing I read was: "Meeting of minds (or an evidence of mutual accord or understanding) between two or more legally competent parties". Who appointed this jerk-off? What is his freak'n agenda.

1311 days ago
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Firefly    

Why even bother putting out tons of cash on lawyers who can't even make signed agreements stick.Why bother even going through the motions if everything that you worked out will be null and void in the end. What a waste. As for Judge Gordon, I don't like the way he is handling the Mel Gibson case either. He wants to give Oksana the kind of settlement entitled a wife. But she is a gold digging skank that got pregnant to get Mel's money. What is with this judge? I just shake my head and wonder if everyone out in LaLa Land is looney tunes.

1311 days ago
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