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Alex Rodriquez Faces Stacked Odds In Federal Court In Attempt To Reduce 162-Game Suspension

Publication Date: 
January 12, 2014
Source: 
Associated Press
Author: 
Ronald Blum

Professor William Gould is quoted by The Associated Press on the likelihood of Alex Rodriguez finding success in his lawsuit against the MLB. 

The odds are against Alex Rodriguez in federal court as he tries to overturn his season-long drug suspension.

For the past five decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has set narrow grounds for judges to consider when evaluating lawsuits to overturn arbitration decisions. That position was reaffirmed in 2001 when it ruled against Steve Garvey in his suit against the Major League Baseball Players Association stemming from the collusion cases of the 1980s.

”I don’t think he has very much of a chance,” said Stanford Law School professor emeritus William B. Gould IV, the former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. “There are many cases that are appealed from arbitration awards, but the case law at the Supreme Court level makes success very much a long shot.”