Angelos’ sons engage in lawful struggle in excess of law business, Orioles administration

Mike Elias, centre, the Baltimore Orioles’ government vice president and common supervisor, poses for a photograph with Orioles ownership representative Louis Angelos, still left, and govt vice president John Angelos on Nov. 19, 2018, in Baltimore. The two Angelos brothers are locked in a legal struggle about regulate of their father’s law agency and the baseball group. (AP Image/Patrick Semansky)

A bitter struggle among brothers over the upcoming of their storied and ailing father’s Baltimore law firm will be waged in a Baltimore County courtroom as Louis Angelos submitted match Thursday towards John Angelos looking for a judicial get that he not interfere with The Regulation Places of work of Peter G. Angelos Pc.

In the complaint, Louis also alleges that John has wrongfully assumed unilateral handle around the Baltimore Orioles, which Peter Angelos owns, and is trying to find a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge’s buy to rein in John.

Louis’ requests for the two court orders are dependent on his allegation that John’s steps with regards to the business and baseball workforce have violated his fiduciary obligations of loyalty, excellent faith and honest as a co-trustee with Louis of their father’s revocable rely on.

An aide to John, who is the Orioles chief executive officer, said Friday that he is not taking phone calls but proposed an email looking for remark on Louis’s lawsuit be sent to the team’s community relations workplace. The e mail was not straight away returned Friday.

Louis, an attorney, manages the Angelos business and hopes to maintain it in procedure need to his 9212 months-old father succumb to his sickness. John, a regulation school graduate not accredited to observe regulation, would like to dismantle the agency or have it dissolved, in accordance to the complaint.

Louis, by means of counsel, said that John’s need to near the organization is rooted in his hostility toward their father.

“(F)or decades John experienced been reminded by Mr. Angelos that his deficiency of professional standing was an avoidable shortcoming,” Louis lawyers, Jeffrey E. Nusinov and Paul D. Raschke, wrote in the grievance.

“The friction among them in excess of John’s lack of expert standing was internecine,” the complaint stated. “With Mr. Angelos now disabled, John intends to have the final phrase. He has established out to dismantle the legal empire his father built. He would like to extinguish all traces of Mr. Angelos’ accomplishment as a lawyer. The regulation agency – the follow which gave John all the pros he has enjoyed – will have to go.”

In accordance to the complaint, John “uncompromisingly” wrote Louis that the regulation firm was unsustainable and “must be in combination dissolved, spun off to others, or/and purchased.” John later threatened that he would go to their mom and father and have Louis eliminated as a co-trustee of the agency.

“Lou understood that Mr. Angelos did not intend to see his firm impulsively and haphazardly dismantled, with minor or no regard for shoppers or workforce, and he did not accede to John’s needs,” wrote Nusinov and Raschke, of Nusinov Smith LLP in Baltimore. “The message (from John) was clear: Both Lou cooperated in John’s dismantlement of Mr. Angelos’ one finest accomplishment, or John would press Lou apart and strip him of his regulation practice.”

Angelos, whose regulation agency has earned tens of millions of dollars in asbestos-exposure instances given that the late 1970s, retired from active follow in the summertime of 2018 due to illness.

The business is at this time embroiled in a legal malpractice lawsuit submitted final calendar year in Baltimore Metropolis Circuit Courtroom in which former clients allege the firm’s failure to well timed file an enforcement action and fraud claim towards an asbestos business and its insurers cost the purchasers a multimillion-greenback recovery. The organization denies the allegation.

Concerning the Orioles, Louis termed John the team’s self-appointed chairman in the complaint, indicating he has sought unilateral handle in violation of his obligations as co-trustee with Louis and their mom, Georgia K. Angelos.

For example, the grievance alleged, John pretended to guidance his mother’s selection that it was in the trust’s finest curiosity to provide the group right after Peter Angelos grew to become ill.

Nevertheless, John “has carried out every thing in his ability to stall and ultimately, thwart programs to market the club,” the criticism mentioned.

“He single-handedly torpedoed desire expressed by just one really credible group of buyers,” the grievance additional. “John intends to sustain complete regulate around the Orioles – to manage, to sell or, if he chooses, to go to Tennessee (in which he has a house and his wife’s vocation) – with out owning to response to anybody.”

The lawsuit is docketed in Baltimore County Circuit Court as Louis F. Angelos v. John P. Angelos et al., No. C-03-CV-22-002262.