Dodgers News: Lawsuit Filed Against Yasiel Puig Dismissed

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig’s journey to the United States has been a well-documented case. The Cuban sensation has provided few details of troubles encountered and the specifics of his journey to come to America, which invariably has led to plenty of speculation and educated guesses.

What has been public was an ongoing lawsuit filed against Puig that centered around his defection. Cuban native Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot sued Puig for $12 million under the Torture Victims Protection Act. Corbacho Daudinot has been imprisoned in a his native country and alleged Puig defamed him to Cuban authorities.

After multiple failed attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed, a federal judge has now done so, according to Nathan Fenno of the LA Times:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that blamed Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for the alleged imprisonment and torture of a Cuban man. The order Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams in Miami ends almost two years of legal wrangling after Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot sued Puig for $12 million.”

Given that Corbacho Daudinot was in jail, he missed several hearings, which led to his attorneys asking for the case to be dismissed ahead of a November trial date:

But Corbacho Daudinot wasn’t able to leave Cuba to participate in pre-trial discovery, despite a series a deadlines that came and went. Last week, his attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the case that had been scheduled for trial in November.

Puig and his group of attorneys repeatedly denied the claims brought forth, but have more times than not opted against public comment. The 2014 All-Star recently sat down for an interview with ESPN, in which he got emotional while describing some the struggles he faced in Cuba.

It was announced last April Puig’s escape will be the subject of a major motion picture directed by Brett Ratner.


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