Two appellate rulings in two days have found against the NFL, the Rams, Stan Kroenke, and other defendants in a lawsuit against them for wrongfully relocating the Rams away from St. Louis. Recently the trial court allowed the plaintiffs to obtain the phone and text records of various defendants, and the defendants appealed that decision to the Missouri Court of Appeals. That appellate court sided with the trial court, and BBD’s clients, and allowed the discovery of the phone and text records to proceed. One day later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a request by the Rams and by Kroenke to freeze the case in state court while the Rams and Kroenke continue to argue that they belong in arbitration. The U.S. Supreme Court denied that request, allowing the matter to proceed in state court.
The City, County, and RSA, plaintiffs in the case, had previously filed suit based on the NFL Relocation Guidelines. Those guidelines require the NFL, NFL team owners, and NFL teams to follow certain procedures before allowing any team to relocate. The suit contains five counts and requests extensive damages.
A copy of the suit, including the Relocation Guidelines, is available here.