Thursday, July 19, 2012

Super Bowl Tix Suit v. NFL to Proceed without Cowboys

Following a failed mediation earlier this summer, U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn of Texas threw out all claims against the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones today, ruling that a Super Bowl game ticket constitutes a contract between the NFL and a purchaser. Some of the lawsuit was already dismissed and many ticket holders accepted the NFL’s offer of compensation. The NFL and lawyers for the ticket holders still suing engaged in mediation previously, followed by a motion claiming the NFL negotiated in bad faith, purposefully delaying proceedings for months while allegedly falsely claiming to be truly interested in resolving the case. Fans moved to other seats were offered refunds or a ticket to a future Super Bowl, while those not seated at all were offered their choice of $5,000 cash or $2,400 and a trip to a future Super Bowl, with airfare and hotel included. Most of the 3,200 fans affected accepted. The league must also defend fraud in the inducement claims brought by fans whose seats had obstructed views at the 2011 Super Bowl Game at Cowboys Stadium during the game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Some 475 ticket holders who watched the game on video screens and another 2,800 fans that were given new seats or kept waiting outside the stadium can also pursue their claims against the NFL. Simms v. Jones, Case No. 3:11-cv-00248, U.S. District Court, Northern District Texas; See stories - and and and