You lawyers in the audience may be curious to hear which law firms are representing which potential owners’ groups in the sale of the Chicago Cubs. If so, AmLaw Daily has you covered:
OK, two out of three ain’t bad. Especially when one of the two is Morrison & Foerster who, for those of you don’t know, has represented numerous current ownership groups in various bits of business and litigation over the years, and who has also served as baseball’s bad cop in representing MLB’s licensing arm, Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. as it goes after trademark infringers. It was in this latter capacity that, back in 2002, MoFo sent out a bunch of cool cease and desist letters (like this one) to bloggers who dared use team logos in their posts. I don’t hear much about that sort of thing anymore, probably because MLB figured out that you don’t want to threaten the people who give you free advertising.
Anyway, all good lawyers know the old maxim about how it’s great to know the law, but it’s better to know the judge. With respect to the sale of the Cubs, Major League Baseball and the other owners are the judge. Morrison & Forester knows them well. This, I think, bodes pretty well for Mr. Ricketts.