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JOCKEYS' GUILD FILES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CIVIL ACTION AGAINST NORTH AMERICAN RACETRACKS AND THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATIONS INC.

JOCKEYS' GUILD FILES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CIVIL ACTION AGAINST NORTH
 AMERICAN RACETRACKS AND THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATIONS INC.
 LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, attorneys for the Jockeys' Guild Inc. today commenced a multi-million dollar civil action in Los Angeles Superior Court against North American racetracks and against Thoroughbred Racing Associations Inc., a trade association representing the racetracks.
 The 19-page complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as over $15,000,000 in damages. At the heart of the dispute is the guild's entitlement to compensation for publicity rights of its member jockeys from the racetracks and their trade association. These rights, and the guild's entitlement to compensation, had been acknowledged by the racetracks and the trade association for more than 23 years.
 During that time, the guild used the income from the sale of the publicity rights to purchase health insurance for its member jockeys that would also protect the jockeys from the often catastrophic injuries associated with track accidents. This year, however, the tracks and the association refused to renew the long-standing arrangement, thus precipitating the lawsuit.
 John Giovanni, the guild's national manager remarked, "We are very sorry we've been forced to take this action, and we're prepared to pursue our rights vigorously, but we're still willing to work toward a resolution of this issue. In fact, we are ready to talk to any track that offers to provide the benefits to jockeys that we've been seeking."
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 /CONTACT: Joel Kozberg of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, 213-556-5867/ CO: Jockeys' Guild Inc. ST: California IN: SU:


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