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Players’ union, Stow family part of unsecured creditors’ panel in Dodgers’ bankruptcy case

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The Major League Baseball Players’ Assn., the family of Bryan Stow and KABC radio are among five parties appointed Wednesday to represent the interests of unsecured creditors in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case.

The committee, selected by a United States trustee, acts to ensure the interests of all unsecured creditors in the case. The Dodgers, as the debtor, are responsible for covering the legal bills incurred by the committee.

The Dodgers’ bankruptcy petition listed the team’s top 40 unsecured creditors, in accordance with bankruptcy law. The majority of those 40 are current and former players, led by Manny Ramirez, to whom the Dodgers owe $21 million. Of the 13 unsecured creditors owed more than $1 million, all involve payment to current or former players.

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The Dodgers do not currently owe Stow any money, but his family has sued the Dodgers over the stadium parking lot beating in which he was critically injured.

The Dodgers owe KABC $273,321, according to the filing. The other two parties appointed to the committee represent vendors.

— Bill Shaikin

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