Angelos’ sons interact in lawful fight over law agency, Orioles management

Mike Elias, center, the Baltimore Orioles’ government vice president and general manager, 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 lawful fight in excess of command of their father’s law agency and the baseball team. (AP Picture/Patrick Semansky)

A bitter fight amongst brothers over the upcoming of their storied and ailing father’s Baltimore legislation business will be waged in a Baltimore County courtroom as Louis Angelos submitted go well with Thursday in opposition to John Angelos seeking a judicial purchase that he not interfere with The Legislation Workplaces of Peter G. Angelos Computer.

In the grievance, Louis also alleges that John has wrongfully assumed unilateral command more than 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 courtroom orders are dependent on his allegation that John’s steps with regards to the company and baseball staff have violated his fiduciary obligations of loyalty, excellent faith and trustworthy as a co-trustee with Louis of their father’s revocable trust.

An aide to John, who is the Orioles chief government officer, said Friday that he is not taking phone calls but instructed an e mail seeking remark on Louis’s lawsuit be sent to the team’s general public relations business office. The electronic mail was not promptly returned Friday.

Louis, an attorney, manages the Angelos agency and hopes to continue to keep it in operation should really his 92calendar year-aged father succumb to his ailment. John, a regulation college graduate not accredited to apply regulation, would like to dismantle the company or have it dissolved, in accordance to the complaint.

Louis, through counsel, stated that John’s wish to near the business is rooted in his hostility towards their father.

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

“The friction amongst them more than John’s deficiency of expert standing was internecine,” the complaint mentioned. “With Mr. Angelos now disabled, John intends to have the last term. He has established out to dismantle the authorized empire his father crafted. He desires to extinguish all traces of Mr. Angelos’ results as a attorney. The law organization – the practice which gave John all the strengths he has relished – need to go.”

According to the grievance, John “uncompromisingly” wrote Louis that the regulation agency was unsustainable and “must be in combination dissolved, spun off to other people, or/and ordered.” John afterwards threatened that he would go to their mother and father and have Louis removed as a co-trustee of the company.

“Lou knew that Mr. Angelos did not intend to see his business impulsively and haphazardly dismantled, with tiny or no regard for shoppers or staff, and he did not accede to John’s demands,” wrote Nusinov and Raschke, of Nusinov Smith LLP in Baltimore. “The message (from John) was clear: Possibly Lou cooperated in John’s dismantlement of Mr. Angelos’ single biggest achievement, or John would force Lou aside and strip him of his law observe.”

Angelos, whose regulation company has acquired tens of millions of pounds in asbestos-exposure cases given that the late 1970s, retired from energetic follow in the summer months of 2018 thanks to illness.

The agency is currently embroiled in a authorized malpractice lawsuit filed past 12 months in Baltimore City Circuit Courtroom in which previous consumers allege the firm’s failure to timely file an enforcement action and fraud assert from an asbestos corporation and its insurers cost the shoppers a multimillion-greenback recovery. The company denies the allegation.

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

For illustration, the complaint alleged, John pretended to aid his mother’s selection that it was in the trust’s best fascination to market the staff after Peter Angelos became ill.

However, John “has carried out everything in his ability to stall and finally, thwart strategies to offer the club,” the grievance stated.

“He single-handedly torpedoed interest expressed by a single really credible team of purchasers,” the grievance added. “John intends to maintain complete control in excess of the Orioles – to manage, to provide or, if he chooses, to move to Tennessee (in which he has a property and his wife’s profession) – with out acquiring to solution to everyone.”

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.

Sherri Crump

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