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Beating victim's case vs. Dodgers underway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury is hearing opening statements in the trial of a lawsuit that seeks damages from the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt for the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow after a game.

Plaintiff's attorney Tom Girardi spoke in a packed courtroom Thursday, but his severely disabled client was not present. Stow had attended jury selection, but Girardi said outside court that it had been too much for him.

Stow suffered brain damage when he was attacked by two men in a stadium parking lot after the April 2011 opening day game between the rival Giants and Dodgers.

The attorney faulted Dodgers' security, saying the team employed more non-uniformed, off-duty police officers at $20 an hour each than more costly uniformed officers.

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