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Rangers Lawsuit

Rangers Lawsuit

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Texas Rangers lawsuit against Tom Hicks over parking at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Texas Rangers lawsuit against Tom Hicks over parking at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

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Defendant.JUDICIALDISTRICT
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Plaintiff,
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§§§INTHEDISTRICTCOURTOFRANGERSBASEBALLEXPRESSLLCv.TARRANTCOUNTY,TEXASBALLPARKREALESTATEL.P.PLAINTIFF'SORIGINALPETITIONANDVERIFIEDAPPLICATIONFORTEMPORARYRESTRAININGORDERANDTEMPORARYINJUNCTION
TotheHonorableJudgeofSaidCourt:
COMESNOWPlaintiff,RANGERSBASEBALLEXPRESSLLC("RangersBaseballExpress"or"Plaintiff'),tofilethis
OriginalPetitionandVerifiedApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrderandTemporaryInjunction
againstDefendant,BALLPARKREALESTATEL.P.("BRE"or"Defendant"),andwouldrespectfullyshowtheCourtasfollows:
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itsprincipalplaceofbusinessat1000BallparkWay,Suite400,Arlington,ia9ran~county,1.
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PARTIES2.Texas76011.3.DefendantBREisaTexaslimitedpartnershipwithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat100CrescentCourt,Suite1200,Dallas,Texas75201.DefendantBREmaybeservedwith
PlaintiffsOriginalPetitionandVerifiedApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrderandPageITemporaryInjunction
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PlaintiffsOriginalPetitionandVerifiedApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrderandTemporaryInjunction
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processbyservingitsregisteredagent,Thomas
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Hicks,Jr.,at100CrescentCourt,Suite1200,Dallas,Texas75201.III.JURISDICTIONANDVENUE4.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthepartiesinasmuchasitisbroughtamongresidents/citizensoftheStateofTexas.5.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverthissuitbecauseTexasCivilPracticeandRemediesCode§65.021providesanydistrictcourtwithjurisdictiontohearclaimsforinjunctiverelief.6.Furthermore,thisCourthasjurisdictionoverthismatterbecausethisisadeclaratoryjudgmentactionandtheamountincontroversyexceedstheminimumjurisdictionallimitsofthisCourt.7.ThisCourthasvenueofthisactionunderTexasCivilPracticeandRemediesCode§15.002(a)(1)becauseTarrantCounty,TexasisacountyinwhichasubstantialpartoftheeventsoromissionsgivingrisetoPlaintiffsclaimsoccurred.VenueinTarrantCountyisalsomandatoryunderTexasCivilPracticeandRemediesCode§15.011,becausethisactionconcernsaninterestinrealpropertylocatedinTarrantCounty.IV.BACKGROUNDFACTS
A.RangersBaseballExpressPurchasestheTexasRangersBaseballTeam.
8.PlaintiffRangersBaseballExpressownsandoperatestheTexasRangersMajorLeagueBaseballClub.
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RangersBaseballExpresspurchasedtheTexasRangersinAugust2010fromTexasRangersBaseballPartners("TRBP"),anentityownedbyHSGSportsGroupLLC
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RangersBaseballExpressisalsosometimesreferredtohereinas"theRangers."
 
f/k/aHicksSportsGroupLLC("HSG").BothTRBPandHSGwereultimatelyownedand/orcontrolledbyTomHicks.
9.
Monthsearlier,onMay24,2010,TRBPhadfiledaChapter
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bankruptcyproceedingintheU.S.BankruptcyCourtfortheNorthernDistrictofTexas,FortWorthDivision.Consequently,thesaleoftheTexasRangersrequiredapprovaloftheBankruptcyCourt.
B.UseofParkingSpacesforRangers'HomeGamesisDocumentedthroughaMemorandumRegardingExistingLandUseArrangement.
10.DefendantBRE,aHicksaffiliate,ownscertainrealpropertyandpurportstohaveleaseholdinterestsincertainotherrealestate(the
"BRE
Property")locatedadjacenttoRangersBallparkinArlington(the"Ballpark").TheBREPropertyincludesparkinglots,agreenbelt,alake,anirrigationsystem,andotheramenitiesusedforthebenefitoftheTexasRangersandtheCenterfieldOfficecomplexattheBallpark.TRBP,whenitownedtheballc1ub,usedtheBREPropertypursuanttoaverbalarrangementwithfellowHicksaffiliate,BRE.11.Asoriginallyproposed,itwasaconditionprecedenttothepurchaseoftheballc1ubthatBREwouldagreetoselltheBREPropertytoRangersBaseballExpress.Inthebankruptcyproceeding,however,creditorsoftheHicks'entity,HSG,objectedtotheproposedsaleoftheBREPropertyongroundsthatitwouldunjustlyenrichHSGtothedetrimentofitscreditors.Accordingly,thesaleoftheBREPropertywascarvedoutofthelargertransaction,and,asaresult,thetwoHicksentities,BREandTRBP,memorializedtheirverbalarrangementforuseoftheBREPropertythroughaMemorandumRegardingExistingLandUseArrangement(the"LUA")executedeffectiveMay20,2010.[Ex.A].RangersBaseballExpress,upon
Plaintiff'sOriginalPetitionandVerifiedApplicationforTemporaryRestrainingOrderandPage3TemporaryInjunction
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