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NFL Loses Super Bowl XLV Ticketholder Lawsuit

Thursday, March 19, 2015   (0 Comments)

Courthouse News Service (03/12/15) Lee, David

The National Football League (NFL) has lost a federal lawsuit with a jury's decision that it violated contracts by not providing Super Bowl XLV ticketholders correctly installed unobstructed seats in the stadium at Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, although the jury said this did not constitute fraud. The plaintiffs contended temporary bleachers for which hundreds of fans had purchased seats were not set up by game time, having been designated unsafe by the fire marshal. The NFL gave the fans the choice to have a free ticket to the next Super Bowl game and $2,400, or a free ticket to any future Super Bowl game, round-trip airfare, and hotel accommodations. The plaintiffs claimed this offer was inadequate compensation for their travel costs and aggravation. The NFL was ordered to pay seven plaintiffs between $5,600 and $22,000 each for breaching the terms of their game tickets. Their attorney, Michael Avanatti, notes they have "waited four long years for vindication." NFL lawyer Thad Behrens says the league is satisfied with the verdict "because the NFL did not defraud any of its fans." Over the course of the trial, NFL attorneys told jurors the league assumed responsibility for the problems from the outset and the issue is only how much of the plaintiffs' expenses the NFL should remunerate.


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