The contentious divorce trial of Frank and Jamie McCourt opened in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Monday with lawyers for each side accusing the other of engaging in bad faith. Control of the Los Angeles Dodgers could rest on the outcome.

“Frank and his lawyers have deceived Jamie, her lawyers and this court,” said Dennis Wasser of Wasser, Cooperman & Carter in Los Angeles, representing Jamie McCourt. He quoted Sir Walter Scott’s poem “Marmion”: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

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