Friday, September 25, 2015

Big Hitters in Trial for LA Times Sports Writer

9/23/2015 4:12:00 PM, Matt Reynolds

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The trial of former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers continued Wednesday, in which the retired writer seeks an estimated $18 million in damages for being allegedly fired from the paper in 2013.
     Simers, 65, sued the Times two years ago claiming the paper had fired him after he suffered a "mini-stroke" and the true reason for his termination was "his age, his disability, and his medical leave."
     After the parties failed to settle the case, a jury trial in Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin's courtroom began last week and continued on Wednesday morning with testimony from former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
     The 88-year-old's deadpan delivery led to frequent laughter from the jury box and gallery before he vacated the stand for Mike James, the sports editor who was Simers' direct supervisor at the Times.

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