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Steiner caught in ‘fake’ document dust-up
Brandon Steiner, who has risen to the top of the cutthroat spo
rts memorabilia game by selling indisputably authentic balls, bats and autographs, has become ensnared in a legal tussle over, of all things, filing a fake document in a nasty labor dispute.
A state appellate court yesterday found that Steiner Sports Marketing “submitted a fabricated agreement” with the trial court containing a one-year non-compete clause -- in an attempt to keep a former employee from jumping to a rival company.
Lawyers for New Rochelle-based Steiner Sports claim the former employee, Steven Weinreb, changed pages of the employment pact and that it was an innocent victim of the switcheroo.
Facts surrounding the case are admittedly murky.
Both sides admit Steiner gave Weinreb an employment contract with a one-year non-compete clause. Weinreb’s legal eagles with Kaufmann, Gildin, Robbins and Oppenheim claim he revised it to a one-month deal, signed it and didn’t tell Steiner of the moves.
In an attempt to keep Weinreb from jumping to a rival, Steiner presented to the trial court a contract containing a one-year non-compete. Oddly, it also found in its files an unsigned contract with a one-month non-compete.
A forensics expert found that the signature page of the one-year non-compete document matched the first four pages of the one-month non-compete contract.
Steiner Sports now admits the one-year non-compete contract is a fake -- but claims an innocent reshuffling of the document created the fabricated document.
However, it was shown before the trial court that the agreement was stapled, ripped apart and re-stapled.
Steiner Sports partners with the New York Yankees and other organizations to sell game-used balls and jerseys. The company’s slogan is “The Steiner Seal Means It’s Real.”
The appeals court decision yesterday does not settle the question of who is responsible for the fabricated document. That may be determined at the trial court -- where the appellant panel sent the case for a second look.
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