Arab $$ Battle in Lidle Suit
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
Arab $$ battle in Lidle suit
By BRUCE GOLDING
Last Updated: 3:55 AM, January 11, 2011
The company that built tragic Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle's death plane doesn't want jurors hearing his widow's lawsuit to know that it's owned by wealthy Middle Easterners.
Cirrus Design Corp. said in court papers yesterday that lawyers for Lidle's widow, Melanie, "may try to inflame and/or distract the jury" by revealing that its majority shareholders are "approximately 225 prominent Persian Gulf individuals and institutions."
"Because of the present global war on terrorism and the World Trade Center attack in 2001, the potential for bias against those of Middle Eastern ancestry cannot be ignored," the papers say.
The Manhattan court filing calls that fact "completely irrelevant and inadmissible."