Former Manhattan federal judge Katherine B. Forrest returned to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday to represent the Boston Red Sox in a proposed class action accusing the professional baseball club, Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros of compromising the fairness of fantasy baseball competitions with a sign-stealing scandal that has roiled the league.

Forrest, who served as a Manhattan federal court judge from 2011 to 2018, entered her appearance in the case before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York at the end of January. In court Friday morning, she introduced herself from the defense table and received a warm welcome from the judge, who responded playfully, “what was that name again?”

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