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Florida Business Sues Marlins, Says It Bought Team For $10 Million at Charity Banquet

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Somewhere in Florida there is a business named Omeranz & Landsma whose owner, whoever he or she may be, has just the worst sense of humor in all the Sunshine State. Even worse than Connie Mack's campaign manager!

Omeranz's owner attended a charity auction hosted by Marlins president David Samson where Samson was all like, "The first item to bid, haha, is the Marlins for, uh, $10 million, haha," and the rest of the audience laughed, but this guy raised his hand and said, "Done!" Now he's actually suing the Marlins because he thinks the bid was a "binding contract" and he now owns the $360 million team with a brand new stadium and roster of superstars.

The very odd lawsuit, which you can read in full below, was filed a couple weeks ago in Broward County Court. It says that Samson bidded away the Marlins on Feb. 8, 2008 at an awards banquet held at the Diplomat Country Club & Spa in Hallandale Beach.

"David Samson commenced the auction by offering for sale the Florida Marlins," writes attorney Todd Payne, who filed the suit, "and opened the bidding to anyone who would offer ($10 million)."

Omeranz's owner -- who is not listed by name in the lawsuit, and whose business is not registered with the state of Florida as far as Riptide can tell -- promptly raised his hand, thus creating a "binding contract," in his mind.

He wants a judge to agree the Marlins have breached their contract by not handing over the team (which, as we noted earlier, was valued last year at $360 million by Forbes.)

Among the many things that don't add up in this complaint: Samson does not own the Marlins -- his Hamptons-livin', Miami-Dade taxpayer-swindlin' step-father Jeffrey Loria does. So even if Samson was inclined to give away the Fish for $10 million, he wouldn't exactly have the power to do it.

Riptide has called Payne to try to get a little more information on this lawsuit. If and when we hear back, we'll update the post.

Here's the full complaint, via Courthouse News:

Marlins Suit

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The Canadian Marlins
The Canadian Marlins

The Marlins are owned by a Canadian company. How about calling the team, The Canadian Marlins?

Little Havana Marlins
Little Havana Marlins

Because the taxpayers are forced to pay $3 Bil for the Marlins Stadium and Garage the team is now worth $550 mil when the Marlins Canadian owner decides to sell,

The taxpayers got screwed. Thanks disgraced Ex-Mayor Manny Diaz.

Marlins scam
Marlins scam

County Commissioners Dennis Moss and Bruno Barrerio and City Commissioners Joe Sanchez, Michelle Spence-Jones and Marc Sarnoff are all implicated in this scam.

Bribes paid?
Bribes paid?

Miami-Dade County taxpayers will pay well over $3 BILLION in bond payments and interest costs to the out-of-town bond holders who fronted the money to pay for the Marlins Stadium and Garage. The payments will increase every year and they will continue for 40-60 years.

The Marlins keep 100% of all ticket sales and they keep 100% of the sale of the naming rights. Did ex-mayors Carlos Alvarez and Manny Diaz accept bribes?

$3 Billion theft
$3 Billion theft

Jeffrey Loria and the height challenged David Samson are so smugly distasteful that seeing them replaced by a pedophile priest would be a huge improvement.

Loria and Samson's theft of $3 Billion is under investigation by the SEC. Yes, the SEC are the same dolts who let Bernie Madoff steal $50 Billion.

Oscar
Oscar

Any agreement Involving a sum greater than $10,000 must be in writing. Verbal agreements are not binding in this case and, in an auction, they have to verify and record the bid/sale.

$3 BILLION diverted
$3 BILLION diverted

Jeffrey Loria is Canadian and yes it is true he and the midget David Samson conned elected officials of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami into giving him over $3 BILLION of the taxpayers money.

Disgraced ex-mayors Carlos Alvarez and wanker Manny Diaz were the biggest dopes.

Fishfan
Fishfan

Loria is actually Samson's step dad, not his father in law. (David is Loria's ex-wife's biological son.)

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

I didn't know that. Ugh, that makes David Samson even more annoying, and I didn't realize that was possible.

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

Right you are, Fishfan. Thanks for the catch.

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