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A-Rod Sues MLB; Albert Pujols Sues Jack Clark

By Aditi Mukherji, JD | Last updated on

The world of baseball has taken a turn for the litigious with A-Rod suing Major League Baseball and Albert Pujols suing Jack Clark.

Both lawsuits are about the wonderful world of doping, of course.

Alex Rodriguez Lawsuit

A-Rod claims the MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig are after "vigilante justice" as part of a "witch hunt" stemming from his Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic's doping scandal, reports The Associated Press.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for tortious interference.

A claim of tortious interference is based on the notion that the possessor of a contract or other property right is entitled to pursue a claim against an intermeddler who adversely affects those property rights.

Here, A-Rod claims the MLB and Selig's interference have potentially cost him tens of millions of dollars in current and future business relationships, including lost sponsorships with Nike and Toyota and having his voice cut from an animated movie, "Henry & Me," according to The AP.

To constitute tortious interference, the defendant must act intentionally -- negligence is not enough.

In this case, Rodriguez claims the league and Selig are intentionally trying to "destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez."

Albert Pujols Lawsuit

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols filed a lawsuit against Jack Clark for making comments on a local radio show accusing Pujols of using steroids, reports The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In early August, Clark said during his "The King and the Ripper" radio program on WGNU 920 AM that he knew "for a fact" that Pujols used steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

According to the lawsuit, those comments have damaged Pujols' reputation, causing him personal humiliation, mental anguish and anxiety.

In a defamation lawsuit -- in this case, slander -- the key to success is proving the falsity of the statements at issue.

Radio host Clark is talking legal-smack on the lawsuit and is "looking forward to the discovery process and the deposition of Mr. Pujols," reports The Dispatch. Translation: Clark thinks the trial will bring the truth out -- and the truth will be that Pujols used steroids.

Pujols seeks unspecified damages and asks for a determination and declaration that Clark's statements are false, reports The Dispatch.

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