Lawsuit Against NFL, NFL Teams, And Team Owners Arising Out Of Relocation Of Rams Franchise Moves Forward

The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA) recently secured significant victories in their lawsuit against the Defendant NFL, NFL teams, and NFL team owners.  The circuit court judge assigned to the case denied three separate motions filed by the Defendants, allowing the case to move forward and discovery to progress.  Specifically, The Judge denied motions filed by Defendants to dismiss various defendants and claims and denied a motion to send a portion of the case to arbitration.

The City, County and RSA previously filed suit based on the NFL Relocation Guidelines, which 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, as relief, extensive damages, including restitution to the plaintiffs of the wrongfully obtained relocation fee, and punitive damages.

The suit was filed on behalf of the Plaintiffs by Bob Blitz and Chris Bauman of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch L.C. and James Bennett and Edward Dowd at Dowd Bennett LLP.

A copy of the suit, including the Relocation Guidelines, is available here.  A copy of the court’s recent orders are available here.

Read more in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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