Judge Rejects Lawsuit Seeking to Return 2021 MLB All-Star Game to Atlanta

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJune 10, 2021

A handful of players warm up before a baseball game in Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies host the Texas Rangers Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will remain in Denver after a Manhattan judge rejected a lawsuit that sought to return it to Atlanta on Thursday.

The league moved the game because of Georgia's controversial voting law, and the Washington-based Job Creators Network filed a lawsuit seeking to change that in addition to $100 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages, per Larry Neumeister of the Associated Press.

However, U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Carponi ruled against the group, which was represented by attorney Howard Kleinhendler.

Carponi ruled that Kleinhendler was unable to prove the move was unconstitutional and would cost businesses in the Atlanta area an irreparable $100 million.

Steve Gardner of USA Today noted that Job Creators Network is a conservative advocacy group, and Kleinhendler was part of former President Donald Trump's legal team that failed to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

MLB said the group "failed to meet the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief," while the players association called the lawsuit "political theater" and "frivolous."

Jason Morrin @jmorr1

The @MLBPA_News and Tony Clark submitted their joint response to the lawsuit filed by Job Creators Network over pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia. <br><br>Led by W&amp;S Sports Attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, the MLBPA labeled the lawsuit "political theater" and "frivolous." pic.twitter.com/QCSdWGBRKm

The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 13 at Coors Field.