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A handful of extremely high-paid lawyers and a handful of other brave souls trudge through the Albany snow today for oral arguments in Golden Gate Yacht Club’s appeal to the highest court in the state – their last chance to have a say in Ernesto Bertarelli’s vision for the future of the America’s Cup.  The hearing will be webcast live by the Court, and our own bald bastard will be in the court room keeping us informed.  From Mr. Clean:  “I didn’t even bring any clothes to change into – Monday 7PM fly out of Charleston, Tuesday 7 PM fly home from Albany, so one set of stuff is enough.  It was lovely to fly with just a small laptop in a light backpack, and empty planes make air travel much easier.

“Dacapo is picking me up at this airport Comfort Inn around noon so we can have lunch and a martini and then go to court.  I’ll post what I find out here, and if I can do it from the courtroom, I will. Not sure how good their camera set up is, or if their servers can deal with international traffic, but their archives show some important cases that would attract many times more viewers than a sailing case could, even one as unique as this one is – so you might be able to see more than I can from the benches.”

Here’s more background from AmericanLawyer.com:

Given the legal talent involved, it should be worth watching. Appellate ace Maureen Mahoney of Latham & Watkins will be arguing for the Golden Gate Yacht Club, whose BMW Oracle Racing team claims that it is the rightful challenger for the Cup. Barry Ostrager, head of the litigation department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, will be arguing for the current holder of the Cup, Société Nautique de Genève, whose Alinghi syndicate chose Club Nautico Espanol de Vela as the challenger of record for the 2010 race. David Rivkin of Debevoise & Plimpton, who represents Club Nautico Espanol, will also be allotted time during oral arguments at the Court of Appeals. Right now, Ostrager and Rivkin have the upper hand: In July, the New York State Supreme Court issued a 3-2 ruling in favor of SNG.  More