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The Dragons’ Oendan vs the NPB and the 12 teams

by on Jan.28, 2010 @ 4:34 pm, under NPB

=== 2/12/2010 4:03pm JST

The NPB has now filed another appeal.  This one regarding the illegality ruling the Nagoya courts handed down with regards to their ban on the Dragons' Oendan groups.

Honestly, is there any way this will end happily?  I highly doubt it.

=== 2/10/2010 10:37pm JST

It seems the Dragons' Oendan groups are filing an appeal.  They feel strongly that not being allowed licenses to cheer with instruments is illegal and has nothing to do with keeping fans safe.

=== 2/5/2010 4:56pm JST

It appears as though the 12 teams of the NPB decided during a meeting on Thursday that they will appeal the court ruling of paying 240,000 yen in damages to 22 members of the Oendan.

=== 1/28/2010 4:34pm JST

Roughly 100 members from eight Dragons' Oendan groups filed a suit against the NPB and the 12 teams for not allowing them a license to cheer with instruments at Dragons' games.  They also sought 14M yen in damages.

The case went to trial on Thursday in Nagoya.  The judge threw out the lawsuit but is requiring that the NPB and the 12 teams pay 22 members of the Oendan about 240,000 yen in damages.

Based on what I could gather, the suit was dropped because the Oendan are not recognized as official organizations under the Civil Proceedings Act.  And that means they don't have the capacity to file a lawsuit as an organization.

As for the 22 members, the court ruled that the NPB was unlawful in banning them from games since they did nothing to warrant such a harsh punishment.

According to the suit that was filed, 8 Oendan groups submitted requests to the NPB for licenses to cheer at games with instruments.  But the NPB and the 12 teams denied them their licenses and further banned 22 members of the Hakuryukai for their connections to gangs.  Both of these decisions were supposedly made under the guise of keeping fans safe from potential harm.