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The A's want to move to San Jose, and San Jose elected officials want the team there. But Major League Baseball apparently doesn't -- and neither does a group of citizens.

The City of San Jose "illegally" maintained a land-purchase agreement with the A's, according to a new lawsuit filed by anti-stadium citizens group Stand For San Jose, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

There's a plot of land in downtown San Jose formerly controlled by that city's Redevelopment Agency. The city made a deal with the A's to transfer the land at a below-market rate -- so below-market that it constitutes an "illegal encumbrance," according to the lawsuit.

The citizens' group filed a similar suit in 2011 challenging the validity of the land transfer, saying that the A's deal to pay $6.9 million for five acres of land that the city paid $25 million for is a bum deal, the newspaper reported.

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