Stotz Sues LL, Inc.
INJUNCTION ASKED : BY LITTLE LEAGUE the in led 01 in to Legal Move Made To Prevent Former Commissioner Carl Stotz From Forming Rival Organization (Bv The Associated Press) WILLIAMSPORT — Little Lea- itue Baseball, Inc., has asked a fed- J an injunctlon the Jnti^ former Little League again Commissioner Cari stotz from forming a rival organization. trot* The action filed yesterday with the or other two. by at were the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania is aimed at removing a prior suit brought by Stotz against the league from a state court to federal jurisdiction, a spokesman said. Claims Trademarks Involved Little League, Inc., with head quarters here, is a New’ York cor poration and President Peter J. i»-» porawuu itliu -a i CoiUviiv X cwn u . i McGovern said there are federal x., trademarks involved in the dispute, stotz, who founded the nation- the wide baseball organization for boys half- between the ages of 8 and 12 in and trotter—159% time Billy anci time 2 :00 1935, says he intends to set up a newr organization to be called “Original “Original Little League.” He was fired as commissioner of Little League, Inc.. last week after announcing a $300,000 breach of contract suit against the league. Stotz called a meeting at at Pittsburgh Dec. 10-11 when, he said, he intends to offer franchises in ■•original Little League” to the 3 977 LitUe LeagUes around the xirnnlH anrt fn era in mftrp Slinnnrt, world and to gain more support from volunteer workers within the nuiex eSent organization_ and stotl Had Life Contract to The action by Little League, Inc., were yesterday states that “it is abso- Kim. lutely essential that Little League, , in order to prserve the national • _ program and protect its integrity, must come out in the open w’ith ^ ful, sW)ry of lhis unfortunate controversy and let the public by 17 - - five u imow exactly what has gone on riai, over ^ve period of development of by uule League.” and Stotz contends that his position, . prestige and authority, guaranteed his jde contract, were altered bv the league’s board of directors and had resulted in deviations from Hodney, Volo, Ace, Boy, Scottish Out At the original concept of the Little League movement. Hearing Scheduled Monday Little League. Inc. said in its court action that it “has never departed departed from its original purpose of a proper program; that its development development had the full approval of a group of able, honest and outstanding outstanding local businessmen on the board of directors as well as men with a national interest. “These men have been almost unanimous in the feeling that the developments which have taken place to which Mr. Stotz objects were necessary and furthered the original concept while the policies and restriction of the development sought by Mr. Stotz, are in fact, detrimental to the program.” A hearing will be held Monday on the injunction request before Federal Judge Frederick V. Foll- i«ct!rner at Lewisburg last ---------■year fate balance studied of One be for plane.” The conciliatory trying franchise calling including tween