New Zealand sailor Matt Mitchell is suing two-time defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA for the US$68,000 (NZ$87,000) he has spent on legal fees fighting accusations he helped illegally alter a catamaran used in a warm-up regatta.
Mitchell filed the suit against Oracle Racing last week in San Francisco Superior Court. Oracle Racing is owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, who isn't named in the suit.
Mitchell, a grinder, was barred by an international jury from the first four races of the 2013 America's Cup match as part of the harshest penalties in regatta history.
The Kiwi is seeking his legal fees, plus interest, and special damages for Oracle Racing's failure to indemnify under the California Legal Code, according to the suit.
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