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BONDS’ BALL OWNER TO BE DECIDED BY JURY A San Francisco judge said Thursday that a jury should decide who owns Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ record 73rd homerun ball. A trial date of Oct. 7 has been set to determine who has the rights to the ball, which has been estimated to be worth from $1 million to $3 million. Superior Court Judge James McBride had been asked to rule whether the legal owner is Alex Popov, who caught the ball, or Patrick Hayashi, who eventually wound up with it. The judge denied summary judgment motions by both men, saying “triable issues of fact exist regarding whether [Popov] exercised unequivocal dominion and control over the baseball.” A videotape of the event shows Popov leaping up to snare the ball, but after a rugby-like scrum, Hayashi emerges with it. Martin Triano, Popov’s attorney, said McBride’s orders showed it was “not the law of jungle” in the arcade at Pacific Bell Park. “He caught the ball — and you can’t mug him to get it,” Triano said. McBride appeared to back that position, saying that Popov’s claims to the ball “do not, as a matter of law, arise from the outcome of competition.” Boalt Hall Dean John Dwyer, who represented Hayashi, could not immediately be reached for comment. Triano said he has 16 witnesses who saw his client catch the ball. At trial, Hayashi is expected to submit statements from two major league umpires who say Popov did not keep possession of the valuable ball. — Dennis J. Opatrny GREENE RADOVSKY HIRES CROSBY PARTNER Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May has lost partner James Dawe to transactional boutique Greene Radovsky Maloney & Share. Dawe joined the 30-attorney Greene Radovsky last month after six years at Crosby. A specialist in international law and finance transactions, he was based in Crosby’s San Francisco office. Dawe said Greene Radovsky offered a better fit for his practice. “Crosby is litigation-oriented,” Dawe said. “Since I don’t do litigation and do a lot of transactions a lot of my clients are in the same industry as Greene Radovsky.” Prior to joining Crosby, Dawe had his own firm — McCabe Schwartz Evans Levy & Dawe — in Walnut Creek for 10 years. When the firm dissolved he joined Crosby. Dawe is among at least 16 partners who’ve left Crosby in the past 20 months. Earlier this month San Francisco partner Judith Droz Keyes and of counsel Tim Emert jumped to Morrison & Foerster. — Brenda Sandburg

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