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Houston Astros Statement Re Lawsuit Against Drayton McLane and Comcast

Houston Astros Statement Re Lawsuit Against Drayton McLane and Comcast

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The Houston Astros statement filed with the Bankruptcy Court in the Houston Regional Sports Network involuntary bankruptcy case regarding the Astros lawsuit against former Astros owner, Drayton McLane, and Comcast.
The Houston Astros statement filed with the Bankruptcy Court in the Houston Regional Sports Network involuntary bankruptcy case regarding the Astros lawsuit against former Astros owner, Drayton McLane, and Comcast.

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Published by: Tom Kirkendall on Nov 22, 2013
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INTHEUNITEDSTATESBANKRUPTCYCOURTFORTHESOUTHERNDISTRICT OFTEXASHOUSTONDIVISION
In re:HOUSTON REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORK, L.P.Alleged Debtor.))))))))Chapter 11Case No. 13-35998
STATEMENTOFTHEHOUSTONASTROS
Houston Astros, LLC, Astros HRSN GP Holdings LLC, and Astros HRSN LP HoldingsLLC (collectively the “Astros”) respectfully state as follows:1. This evening Houston Baseball Partners LLC (“HBP”) filed an Original Petition(the “Petition”) in the District of Harris County, Texas, against McLane Champions, LLC, R.Drayton McLane Jr., Comcast Corporation, NBCUniversal and Jon Litner (collectively, the“Defendants”).2. The Petition asserts causes of action for fraud as to McLane Champions, LLC andR. Drayton McLane Jr.; negligent misrepresentation as to all Defendants; breach of contract anddeclaratory judgment as to McLane Champions, LLC; and civil conspiracy as to all Defendants,relating to and in connection with the purchase of Houston McLane Company, LLC and itsequity interests by Jim Crane and the current ownership group in 2011.3. The Astros and HBP refrained from volunteering the prospective filing of thePetition prior to this filing as Mr. Crane had not yet notified and conferred with Major LeagueBaseball and related interests, among other reasons. However, because the statute of limitations
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on certain causes of action the Astros and HBP wish to preserve are set to expire today, theAstros and HBP determined it was necessary to file the Petition in order to preserve their rights.4. The Astros and Mr. Crane understand and appreciate their obligations under thisCourt’s order, dated October 29, 2013 [Docket No. 137], and will continue to abide by the termsof this order and serve as lead negotiator for the Houston Regional Sports Network, L.P.Dated: November 21, 2013
 /s/ Paul M. Basta
Harry A. PerrinDuston K. McFaulVINSON & ELKINS LLP1001 Fannin Suite 2500Houston, Texas 77002Telephone: (713) 758-2548Facsimile: (713) 615-5016hperrin@velaw.comdmcfaul@velaw.comPaul M. Basta, P.C. (
 pro hac vice
)Marc Kieselstein, P.C. (
 pro hac vice
)David S. Meyer (
 pro hac vice
)KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP601 Lexington Avenue New York, New York 10022Telephone: (212) 446-4800Facsimile: (212) 446-4900 paul.basta@kirkland.commarc.kieselstein@kirkland.comdavid.meyer@kirkland.comJeffrey S. Powell (
 pro hac vice
)Thomas A. Clare, P.C. (
 pro hac vice
)Elizabeth M. Locke (
 pro hac vice)
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP655 Fifteenth Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20005Telephone: (202) 879-5000Facsimile: (202) 879-5200 jeff.powell@kirkland.comthomas.clare@kirkland.comelizabeth.locke@kirkland.com
Counsel for Houston Astros, LLC, Astros HRSN GP  Holdings LLC and Astros HRSN LP Holdings LLC 
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CERTIFICATEOFSERVICE
I hereby certify that a true and accurate hard copy of the foregoing Astros’ Motion to Sealwas filed with the Clerk of the Court on this 21st day of November 2013. Notice of this filing is being sent to all parties listed below:
ElectronicMail:
Howard M. ShapiroCraig GoldblattWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALEAND DORR LLP1875 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. 20006Telephone: (202) 663-6000Facsimile: (202) 663-6363howard.shapiro@wilmerhale.comcraig.goldblatt@wilmerhale.com
Counsel for Petitioning Creditors
Timothy GraulichDana M. SeshensArthur J. BurkeDAVIS POLK &WARDWELL LLP450 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017Telephone: (212) 450-4000Facsimile: (212) 701-5352timothy.graulich@davispolk.comdana.seshens@davispolk.comarthur.burke@davispolk.com
Counsel for Petitioning Creditors
George W. Shuster, Jr.Sanket J. BulsaraWILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALEAND DORR LLP7 World Trade Center 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007Telephone: (212) 230-8800Facsimile: (212) 230-8888george.shuster@wilmerhale.comsanket.bulsara@wilmerhale.com
Counsel for Petitioning Creditors
Vincent P. Slusher DLA PIPER 1717 Main StreetSuite 4600Dallas, Texas 75201-4629Telephone: (214) 743-4500Facsimile: (972) 813-6267vince.slusher@dlapiper.com
Counsel for Petitioning Creditors
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