Practice Area: Entertainment
Outcome: After nearly a decade, MLB agreed to pay the class of retired MLB players represented by James Acho $10,000 per man for two years in recognition of their efforts in growing the national pastime. (See case details below)
Description: 2002 class action lawsuit brought on behalf of 1300 Major League Baseball retirees (who played from 1947-1979 and would have otherwise vested for pension under the amended vesting requirement in the 1980 MLB CBA) for pension and medical benefits. The lawsuit was handled by James Acho for CMDA as lead counsel for the retirees, and filed in Los Angeles with co-counsel Jason Rumsey of L.A./Holmby Hills-based DaCorsi Placencio PLC in 2002. The case took nearly a decade to finally adjudicate and resolve. MLB finally agreed to pay the class $10,000 per man for two years in recognition of their efforts in growing the national pastime.