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Mets' owners have to prove goodwill

Updated: March 14, 2012, 8:55 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNew York.com

NEW YORK -- Judge Jed S. Rakoff threw a curveball to the defense team in the $386 million lawsuit against New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, his family, businesses and charities on Wednesday.

Five days before jury selection begins in the civil trial in U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan, Rakoff ruled the burden is on the Wilpons to convince a jury they did not act in "bad faith" when they profited from convicted swindler Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

The burden will not be on trustee ...

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