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Dillas: We were illegally evicted by Potter County

Amarillo DillasReunion Sports Group was back in court this week, asking a district court judge to reverse his decision to deny a temporary restraining order against Potter County over the eviction of the Amarillo Dillas (independent; United League Baseball) from Potter County Memorial Stadium.

Judge Dan Schaap denied the motion, ruling that the county was immune from such a legal action, saying state law limited actions that can be taken against a governmental unit in Texas. The new filing argues that the county waived its right to immunity by entering into a new lease agreement for the ballpark.

The Dillas were evicted after failing to pay $75,000 in rent for the 2011 season; since then RSG wired $25,000 to the county to cover a bounced check. However, $50,000 in back rent is still outstanding, and based on that the county evicted the team and entered into a new lease with Southern Independent Baseball, and an independent American Association team is slated to play in the ballpark for the 2011 season.

The filing also argues that the county did not give RSG sufficient notice to make up the late payments.

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