The city of Anaheim has decided to drop that lawsuit in which they’re trying to force the Angels to change their name:
Mayor Curt Pringle says the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to give up its battle to restore the team’s name to the Anaheim Angels.
The city had argued that team owner Arte Moreno violated the city-owned stadium lease agreement when he changed the name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005.
A California appeals court ruled against the city last month, and an Orange County Superior court jury sided with the team in 2006.
Pringle says city leaders believe the wrong court decision was made twice, but says “it’s in everybody’s best interest to take no further action.”
Given the contract language at issue — as you’ll recall, it only required that the word “Anaheim” be in the name somewhere, and Moreno has certainly done that — dropping the suit is clearly the right decision. Heck, they probably shouldn’t have even sued to begin with.
Which is why this story confuses me a bit. I mean, at some point, some lawyer had to convince the City Council that this was a winnable case even though it clearly wasn’t, right? Well, if he’s that good a salesman, how come he couldn’t convince them appeal this baby to the Supreme Court? Depending on whether he’s a private practice guy or a city staff attorney, that’s a good six months worth of fees and/or job security he just threw away.
Almost makes me ashamed of my profession.