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Venture Funds Launched By 49ers Legends Embroiled In Lawsuit That Could Shake Up Silicon Valley

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 7:19 AM
With the San Francisco 49ers girding for Sunday's Super Bowl, there's been much talk of the legacy set by the championship teams of the 1980s and '90s.

Some of the key players from those teams, though, have left another legacy: a troubled venture capital firm that invested the fortunes of other famous athletes, then floundered near bankruptcy. Now, in a lawsuit about to get under way in Santa Clara County Superior Court, three former employees of HRJ Capital -- formed by former 49ers Harris Barton, Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana -- claim they were cheated out of tens of millions of dollars when Silicon Valley Bank seized the now-defunct firm's assets four years ago.

Venture funds launched by 49ers legends embroiled in lawsuit that could shake up Silicon Valley - San Jose Mercury News
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