A federal judge ruled Thursday that next month’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game can stay in Denver, rejecting a conservative business group’s lawsuit that it must be played in the Atlanta suburbs as originally planned.
U.S. District Court Judge Valerie E. Caproni declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have forced MLB to play the July 13 game in Georgia.
In early April, MLB announced the game would move to Denver rather than Georgia in response to the southern state’s new voting law that Republicans believe will improve election integrity but Democrats consider voter suppression.
On May 31, Job Creators Network filed a federal lawsuit in New York City, asking for the injunction. It also requested MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association pay $100 million to make up for lost business revenues in Georgia, as well as $1 billion in punitive damages.
In court filings earlier this week, MLB and MLBPA criticized the lawsuit as “political theater” and “abuse of the judicial process.” They warned that if JCN succeeded, citizens of every state that wasn’t chosen to host the game could file lawsuits every year.
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