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Chargers owner Dean Spanos sued by sister, accused of fiduciary mismanagement and misogynistic behavior.


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Vince Carbonneau
June 12, 2022  (5:48 PM)
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Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos has been accused of repeated breaches of fiduciary duty and misogynistic behaviour in the lawsuit filed by his sister a few days ago.

The filing is the next step in an ongoing battle among the four Spanos siblings over control of the franchise.
Dea Spanos Berberian (the sister) filed a petition Thursday in San Joaquin County Superior Court seeking sole control of the family trust that has a 36% stake in the ownership of the Chargers. The lawsuit also asks the court to suspend and remove Dean Spanos as a co-trustee in the trust and requests the disqualification of Michael Spanos as successor co-trustee.
The brothers responded. Indeed, Dean Spanos, Michael Spanos and Alexis Spanos Ruhl issued a statement saying they are united in continuing ownership of the team.
«It is unfortunate that our sister Dea, who clearly has no interest in continuing to participate in the family's businesses, has resorted to levelling false and provocative charges in an attempt to impose her will on the rest of the family,» the statement said. «The three of us and our children, representing more than 75% of the family and its ownership of its businesses, stand united in support of our parents' and grandparents' wishes, including as to the continued ownership and operation of the Chargers.»

In the petition, Berberian accuses her brothers Dean and Michael of repeatedly acting «out of their deeply-held misogynistic attitudes and sense of entitlement as the men in the family to rationalize their pitiable behavior which she believes is intended to teach her that a woman has no rights, no matter what any trust instrument might say.»
It also states that Dean and Michael «believe to their cores that, regardless of what their parents intended and their wills specified, men are in charge and women should shut up.»
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