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Jerry Jones faces apparently frivolous lawsuit

Lost in the Monday crush of news and travel was a bizarre lawsuit filed against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The news first surfaced in D magazine’s FrontBurner blog.  Patricia Gavin has filed a complaint as a pro se litigant, which means that she doesn’t have a lawyer.  Which probably means that she was unable to persuade any lawyer to take the case.

She makes claims that appear to be wildly incredible, at best.  She says Jones sexually assaulted her on the same evening that produced video of an apparently intoxicated Jones talking about Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow.  She also contends that:  (1) she’s an art dealer; (2) that on the night of the incident someone stole her pursue, which included “a check for $2 million (British sterling)” (whatever that means); (3) Jones financial advisors slipped her some GHB to cover up the situation; and (4) she contracted an STD from the encounter.

The suit was filed only 10 days after a judge entered a restraining order against her, which prevents her from contacting Jones, his family, or anyone associated with the Cowboys.

By all appearances, then, the case has no merit.  If it did, she’d have a lawyer.

And before anyone says that lawyers cost money and maybe she has no money (after all, someone stole her check worth $2 million (British sterling)), lawyers will front the expenses and take a fee from the settlement or verdict if the lawyer thinks the case has merit.  Given the depth of Jones’ pockets, the case would have to be pretty damn weak for no lawyer to agree to take it on.

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  1. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 5, 2010 7:30 PM

    She said it, it must be true.

  2. Hauschild says: Oct 5, 2010 7:32 PM

    Tort reform anyone???

  3. leaguemvp says: Oct 5, 2010 7:32 PM

    I wonder what jerry gave her….

  4. superb owl says: Oct 5, 2010 7:32 PM

    mike florio will offer his services for a warm half bottle of yoo hoo.
    and a stale zagnut bar.

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2010 7:41 PM

    Just change your name, Jerrah. Not to Ron Mexico though.

  6. T. says: Oct 5, 2010 7:42 PM

    “Given the depth of Jones’ pockets, the case would have to be pretty damn weak for no lawyer to agree to take it on.”
    And given the depth of Jones’ (and the Cowboys’) influence in Dallas, it might not make much difference how strong the case is.
    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, another well-thought-out legal analysis from a lawyer who was so good at practicing law and analyzing the legal landscape that he now writes about the NFL. Well done, Florio.

  7. stiller43 says: Oct 5, 2010 7:48 PM

    I wish you presented the facts on Ben’s cases like this, listing all the facts the made them seem frivolous in order.
    That being said, he was accused, probably no charges to come, so that’s a 4-6 game suspension, right?

  8. Backinthesaddle says: Oct 5, 2010 7:48 PM

    I bet the STD gets traced back to Roethlisberger.

  9. Backinthesaddle says: Oct 5, 2010 7:49 PM

    I bet the STD gets traced back to Roethlisberger.

  10. SteelTown-6 says: Oct 5, 2010 7:53 PM

    Since Goodell can’t “suspend” him, maybe he ought to make him keep Wade Philips for two more seasons.
    LMAO,

  11. SteelHammer92 says: Oct 5, 2010 7:56 PM

    So, is Goodell going to punish Jerry for these allegations? Big Ben was accused of sexual assault and got 4 games.

  12. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 5, 2010 7:56 PM

    Jerry tarnished her British sterling!

  13. Gordon-Geico-Gekko says: Oct 5, 2010 7:57 PM

    “Given the depth of Jones’ pockets, the case would have to be pretty damn weak for no lawyer to agree to take it on.”
    Maybe she doesn’t feel like giving 40% of a sure out-of-court settlement to some shyster.

  14. ttommytom says: Oct 5, 2010 8:04 PM

    She is a classic EDP.
    Google EDP.
    After that fails, google ‘EDP Police’…

  15. comment_submission_error says: Oct 5, 2010 8:09 PM

    Florio said:
    Patricia Gavin has filed a complaint as a pro se litigant, which means that she doesn’t have a lawyer. Which probably means that she was unable to persuade any lawyer to take the case.
    Which probably means she doesn’t have any money. That’s the only thing that can stop a lawyer.

  16. superb owl says: Oct 5, 2010 8:13 PM

    she was especially repulsed when all jerry’s botox injections wore off during the unholy act.

  17. Bochamps says: Oct 5, 2010 8:22 PM

    He’s been accused of sexual assult. No charges filed.
    That’s an automatic 6 game suspension (reduced to 4 games with good behavior), right Roger G.?

  18. Wrathchild says: Oct 5, 2010 8:23 PM

    LOL, she actually wrote $2 million British Sterling in the filing. Just throw out the case right there.

  19. In & Out Burger says: Oct 5, 2010 8:37 PM

    “lawyers will front the expenses and take a fee from the settlement”
    Not that I disagree with anything you said but this could be the reason that she is running solo too.
    @Hauschild
    Tort reform is a ridiculous idea.
    @steelerfan9598
    I have a feeling Jerry Jones isn’t going to get the same treatment as your QB. For one, Florio dismissed this case right away. Furthermore, the “she said it, so it must be true” logic, seems to only apply to Ben. Anyone else must be convicted before being suspended. At least no one can complain about the league being in the Steelers pockets. That was getting pretty annoying.

  20. KolbFan says: Oct 5, 2010 8:38 PM

    I completely believe this lady.
    ……and JJ has an STD, zing!

  21. CaptainFantastik says: Oct 5, 2010 8:45 PM

    There is a stark difference between how you’re presenting this and how you presented the Roethlisberger issue, which was every bit as frivolous…….especially regarding the Nevada “case”. too late for Jerry. The precedent has been set. 4 game suspension. After all, one doesn’t need to be arrested of even charged anymore. And Jerry is far more high profile than Ben.

  22. ProfessorEmmitt says: Oct 5, 2010 8:50 PM

    Is this the same Jerrah Jones, you disparaged for years Florio, and Vox kicked your ass in the comment section about such disparity, now….No matter what the topic…Suddenly, it’s frivilous?……You are so transparent now, it’s literally disgusting……

  23. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    Florio, you have a law degree, drop the apparently from the subject heading and dump the story…
    She can’t even find representation and the story is ludicrous at best, this girl’s life may be over…

  24. shaggeez says: Oct 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    I hate it when people steal each other’s pursues : (

  25. VonClausewitz says: Oct 5, 2010 9:17 PM

    This article needs to be banned for its apparently misogynist leanings according to PFT’s new moderation policy.

  26. Bigbluefan says: Oct 5, 2010 9:38 PM

    Must have been a Hair Spray STD
    Sue sue sue

  27. JesseJames says: Oct 5, 2010 9:40 PM

    Sheesh..Imagine old Leatherface what with his stretched lifted face, bad rug and false teeth, sporting prescription induced wood & chasing this poor cowgirl around. Real or not, that’s one horrific scenario.

  28. ShaKey says: Oct 5, 2010 9:44 PM

    Ah, the so called “art dealer”. - The Fifth Element

  29. Gitlin says: Oct 5, 2010 9:47 PM

    THat SOB did the same damn thing to me last year. I have been pissing razor blades ever since!

  30. WingT says: Oct 5, 2010 9:49 PM

    Jerry can still get it up? No way – case dismissed

  31. 3 yards and a cloud says: Oct 5, 2010 10:05 PM

    Florio… you’re probably right that no one wants the case, BUT don’t you think you’re jumping a little ahead?
    Plenty of people file Pro Se and then pick up an attorney along the way. I agree it’s a backward way of commencing any litigation, but its possible. Also, I find it hard to imagine that no lawyer would take this case. Even if the case is frivolous, an attorney could get in there for the first round and see if theres any chance JJ will throw some money at the case to shut her up.
    The devils in the details, and while Art gal sounds a little nuts, there is probably some version of an encounter that took place; even if she just brought him his next drink…

  32. BigMFBen says: Oct 5, 2010 10:21 PM

    Florio, I expect a similar post for McNutty’s suit against Ben in Nevada.
    Get to it… Chop! Chop!

  33. Ocho says: Oct 5, 2010 10:29 PM

    Eagles fans pulling out all of the stops now I see

  34. tnsteve says: Oct 5, 2010 10:30 PM

    I haven’t seen anyone comment on the fact the lawsuit was filed as “pro se.” How many non-lawyers know what that term means? How many non-lawyers have the knowledge or skill to file this kind of lawsuit on their own? There’s more we don’t know. I’m willing to wait for more facts to emerge before posting a comment one way or another – unlike many of my fellow posters it seems.

  35. QB or not QB says: Oct 5, 2010 10:41 PM

    Guilty!!!!

  36. Deb says: Oct 5, 2010 10:44 PM

    @T. …
    1. Mike was an employment attorney–helpful when posting about CBA negotiations, contracts, and other employment matters that come up in the NFL. But sexual assault is a criminal issue. The law is a broad field.
    2. He left employment law to blog about his favorite sport, built a Web site from nothing to 3 million hits, and sold it to NBC. Now he’s a commentator on Sunday Night Football. Do you have any idea what successful bloggers make? A LOT more than the average employment lawyer.
    3. Power … pffft. Any fly-by-night plaintiff’s firm would jump at the chance of getting a hand in Jerry’s pocket and take a case on contingency. But it’s too easy to disprove her allegations. No sane attorney would touch it. Jones also robbed her of two million dollars sterling (a nonexistent currency)? Gave her an STD? And she didn’t call the cops? Uh-huh.
    Hey … lin1945 posted earlier the NFL should bar Ben–and presumably anyone else accused of sexual assault in a civil suit–from team activity until the case is decided. Guess Goodell needs to ban Jones from the ‘boys. Ah, the geniuses of PFT impress me more each day. ROFL

  37. Mr. Lagoo says: Oct 5, 2010 10:47 PM

    I read the headline wrong…I assumed Jerry Jones’ face was bringing a lawsuit – persumably against the doctor that bastered it up a few years ago.

  38. BigMFBen says: Oct 5, 2010 10:47 PM

    People file BK oro se all the time. Big deal…

  39. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:59 PM

    @wrathchild
    – British STerling is absurd, is this woman a pirate?
    @tnsteve
    -“pro se” is a standard legal term, google it, or – better yet – read about it.. not that hard to grasp. In fact, it’s incredibly easy…
    @all
    -people like this girl should be removed from the gene pool, our society is over litigious in all the wrong places..

  40. Steve W. says: Oct 5, 2010 11:54 PM

    British sterling is simply another way of saying British Pounds, which are also referred to as Pounds Sterling.

  41. Deb says: Oct 5, 2010 11:56 PM

    @Chiefs2010 …
    British Sterling is a common way of referring to Britain’s currency. The absurdity was in using the dollar sign. Essentially that’s saying “dollars pounds”–and there’s no such currency. We’re being snarky given that she wrote the document herself. But it should have been written as:
    £2 million
    £2 million GBP
    2 million pounds sterling
    2 million British sterling
    No $$$

  42. edgarpoe says: Oct 6, 2010 12:13 AM

    I find this to be totally frivolous. Really. Think about. What woman would want to be in the same area code as Jones.
    AS far as most of the Steelers fans posting here: You got your QB back. Maybe it’s time to show that you have class and let it go. You have a good team. Enjoy the season and hope that BR can stay clean – which he is an idiot if he doesn’t. If I were Rooney, I’d put him on double secret probation. :D

  43. chadc4240 says: Oct 6, 2010 12:13 AM

    6 game suspension, 4 with good behavior whether he is guilty or not! He cannot interfer w team during that time. Only fair Roger….apparently all it takes is a false accusation or a chick sayin she cganged her mind

  44. edgarpoe says: Oct 6, 2010 12:20 AM

    Deb,
    You really are a homer (from other post). But that’s much better than the many band wagoners. My brother is a Steelers fan too and we get along just fine. Well, he hasn’t called me since Sunday, but I think it is just coincidence. ;)
    Anyway, keep on homering.

  45. benh999 says: Oct 6, 2010 12:31 AM

    Were you really a lawyer? This just means she couldn’t find a lawyer willing to take a small enough cut of the settlement/judgement. If anything, complaints filed pro se are probably less likely to be frivolous.

  46. Floriostoupee says: Oct 6, 2010 12:31 AM

    Deb says: October 5, 2010 10:44 PM
    @T. …
    1. Mike was an employment attorney–helpful when posting about CBA negotiations, contracts, and other employment matters that come up in the NFL. But sexual assault is a criminal issue. The law is a broad field.
    2. He left employment law to blog about his favorite sport, built a Web site from nothing to 3 million hits, and sold it to NBC. Now he’s a commentator on Sunday Night Football. Do you have any idea what successful bloggers make? A LOT more than the average employment lawyer.
    _______________________________
    blah blah blah —
    So when did you become so knowledgeable in the life and times of Mike Florio?
    I’m thinking you are either one of the PFT writers in disguise or a stalker. No other reason makes any sense whatsoever since most that clash with you suddenly have their accounts suspended/canceled!

  47. XLI says: Oct 6, 2010 12:46 AM

    Wait, isn’t that just the Reverse Cowgirl that she described?
    I hope the sleaziest lawyer in Dallas picks this sideshow up and HBO works up an impromptu Hard Knocks: Jones v. Crazy Golddigger.

  48. C-Student says: Oct 6, 2010 2:03 AM

    dumb broad,
    everyone knows that the way into a multimillionaires pockets isnt through a sexual assault suit. its through a paternity suit.
    should have let the big JJ drop a little JJ in your oven. then you’d have a nice 5 figure monthly income for the next 18 years.
    guess you skipped golddigging 101.

  49. Bwa Ha Ha says: Oct 6, 2010 5:01 AM

    Super Bowl!!
    (There’s lot’s of kinds of Super Bowls!!)

  50. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 6, 2010 6:08 AM

    Fight it Jerry, fight it!

  51. footballfreak says: Oct 6, 2010 7:02 AM

    If I was a lawyer in Dallas, I wouldnt want to piss off JJ It might ruin my career… if you get my drift.
    People of means can do alot of damage and JJ seems to be the type. VINDICTIVE!

  52. KolbFan says: Oct 6, 2010 7:39 AM

    I completely believe this lady.
    ……and JJ has an STD, zing!

  53. Big Tex says: Oct 6, 2010 7:56 AM

    To those who think this lawsuit might have the slightest amount of merit; Please go to the link to the story. From there, you can access the court filing. I can’t believe that anyone could read that filing and come to the conclusion that this gal’s life consists of anything except sitting in a darkened apartment with her aluminum foil hat on waiting for Scully and Mulder to come interview her.
    @footballfreak
    One wouldn’t have to be a lawyer in Dallas to take the case, just one licensed to practice in the State of Texas. That being said, any lawyer with the IQ of an ant farm would want to stay as far away as possible from a nut job like Ms. Gavin.

  54. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Oct 6, 2010 7:56 AM

    I wasn’t anywhere near Dallas on the night in question but I know he’s guilty. Why? Just because.
    Ben R.

  55. heyguru says: Oct 6, 2010 8:43 AM

    Even though MOST peoples’ financial advisors carry GHB for just such a purpose, and STD’s are readily available from toilet seats and pre-marital petting, it is a little worrisome that a new Picasso is hanging in Jerry’s den.

  56. FloriosHairHat says: Oct 6, 2010 8:54 AM

    You ran Roethlisberger articles 5 or 6 times a day for a similar type of case, an unfounded accusation.
    Who wants to bet this is the last article on this case you’ll ever see here??

  57. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Oct 6, 2010 9:22 AM

    This story is ridiculous.
    Almost as ridiculous as the story told by DTF who was locked in a bathroom (that had no lock) and was sexually assaulted while sitting on the toilet by a famous QB that never unbottoned or unzipped his pants, and evidence shows she likely had sex earlier in the day with someone else, and she denied it happened, then said it did, then changed her mind again… I could go on and on….
    That said, there will obviously be a severe punishment….
    Unless of course Goodell is inconsistent and unfair. That couldn’t really be, could it?

  58. steelersmichele says: Oct 6, 2010 9:43 AM

    edgarpoe says: AS far as most of the Steelers fans posting here: You got your QB back. Maybe it’s time to show that you have class and let it go.
    I wish non-Steelers fans would show they have class and let it go. If I had a penny for everytime I read “Rapistberger” on PFT, I would have been able to buy that soccer team.
    Big Tex says: To those who think this lawsuit might have the slightest amount of merit; Please go to the link to the story.
    Don’t even bother. Most people on here would be incapable of reading something other than PFT and make an intelligent conclusion.

  59. SteelTown-6 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:58 AM

    HATER LOGIC 101
    ——————–
    1) Two similar cases of sexual assault accusations
    2) The claims made are highly questionable
    3) Zero evidence exists to support the claims
    End Result:
    1) Ben did it.
    2) Jerry didn’t
    / got it – thanks for clearing that up.

  60. rjs says: Oct 6, 2010 10:15 AM

    Well I agree that the lawsuit seems entirely frivolous, in which case, Florio posting the story on this site seems equally frivolous. Still the day that Florio passes up on a Jerry Jones story to feed the PFT trolls, no matter how ridiculous, is probably the day this site goes out of business.
    Just for the record, I guess it’s possible that the check could be worth $2 million but made out in British Sterling, i.e. approx. £1.2 million.

  61. Deb says: Oct 6, 2010 12:31 PM

    @edgarpoe …
    If I were all about homerism, I’d be frying Jerry for all the Cowboys fans that fried Ben. Instead I’m defending the old goat. Just call ‘em like I see ‘em, hon ;)
    @Floriostoupee …
    Gee, let’s see … I’ve never had any contact with Mike Florio so how do I know all this inside scoop???
    Maybe it’s because Florio has posted that he was an employment attorney, the history of PFT is common knowledge, nbcsports is in the URL, and I caught his commentary during the game. And anyone familiar with Internet business models knows how hard it is to build a site this successful–and what it pays.
    See … if only you had an IQ in triple digits, you could know these things, too.

  62. CincyAllDaWay says: Oct 6, 2010 1:00 PM

    Cmon Foolio…..Just because you don’t have the stones, the intestinal fortitude, or the backbone to take on a case like this doesn’t mean any of the rest of the bottom feeders (doctors, lawyers, car salesmen, etc.) in the world don’t!
    No doubt Jerry did this…he even looks like a pervert. And with an STD even…WOW! I always thought he looked diseased!!!

  63. antneejay2 says: Oct 6, 2010 1:53 PM

    I was just kidding when I told her my name was Jerruh. I didn’t think she’d believe me.

  64. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 6, 2010 3:00 PM

    It’s obviuosly a false story. Ever since Jerrah had the last face lift, that thing is dried out and sitting about chest high. If he’s ever shown wearing a bolo tie, well, now you know what it REALLY is.

  65. patriciagavin says: Nov 15, 2010 10:14 PM

    Who is Patricia Gavin
    Who is Patricia Gavin?

    The matter of Gavin v. Jones is subject to seal by the US District Court Oct 4, 2010 after Emergency Motion to Seal the Record by Jones Counsel.

    Reports stating that the US District Attorney has filed charges against me are false however I have been asked to specify those charges.

    I responded October 20, 2010 to the US Magistrate Judge and asked for the case to be unsealed with my military records and medical records which were sealed in the US Federal Court of Claims.

    Contrary to many reports I have never filed against any celebrity and don’t consider Mr. Jones as such.

    I did not file criminal charges because I was uncertain if Mr. Jones is in ill health as it is reported in the press that he has arrythmia in reports on the web.

    I do not know Jerry Jones but left the restaurant Ocean Prime at his insistence and expected his interest had to do with my multi-million dollar lien claim on a hotel in Dallas where I have had several attorneys assist me in my litigation.

    I filed pro se not because I could not get counsel but because I could not afford it after having exhausted my resources litigating a wage claim against the People’s Republic of China who operates hotels under the Warwick brand in Dallas and elsewhere. Further Jones interfered with my work in the arts.

    Mr. Jones and I do not know one another but share mutual acquaintances due to the fact Dallas is a small town and I have been working with artists to include those casting sculptures of football players which can be viewed with my own and other artist work on my Facebook page.

    My work included cataloging art for those affected by British Petroleum spill in the Gulf in New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina as I have two children who graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge and many artists in Jackson Square are prohibited from selling their reproductions on the Square.

    So if you are interested in “Who is Patricia Gavin” I invite you to my Facebook page to view the art and sculpture that we are working to cast and place in 33 NFL cities nationwide.

    Although a restraining order was issued it was issued after failure on the part of Jones attorneys to serve me with a timely response to a Motion to Subpoena him in the 68th Judicial District Court on a case involving my lien claim where he caused the withdrawal of counsel due to my contact and conflict of interest between my appellate counsel and Jones where the managing partner of the law firm was a personal friend of Jones.

    My father was a graduate of William Mitchell Law School and practiced with the Department of Interior and US Park Service and is highly conservative; my husband and I both served as military officers and he was a special ops pilot and we divorced 10 years ago after the Gulf War. I am single by choice after having raised two children with one who is 8 years old and the subject of a custody battle.

    I had an 8 year old daughter and was not interested in a married billionaire with a wife and a mistress where both are common knowledge in the community and no secret.

    I don’t think that makes me “crazy”.

    The 2 million pound check was for a water project in Haiti and uncapitalized. It is entered in Cause No. 09-11243 Nuevo Sol v. Hamsher exhibits along with my Objections to a protective order issued in that Court where I was unable to subpoena my medical records to refute Jones libelous claims that I am both “a Middle East CIA operative” and “mentally ill” because military members records and Veteran’s Administration Personnel can’t be subpoenaed in state court.

    People are generally ignorant and an assault victim is entitled to a certain measure of privacy which I have been denied as a result of Mr. Jones behavior which I did not invite.

    I wish the Cowboys the best and have petitioned to return to law school and the Air Force.

    I had a warrant for failing to appear on a registration issue the night of April 8, 2010 as I had missed a hearing because I was not notified of the Addison hearing by my counsel.

    I did not want to call for help or file because it took a while for my warrant to be adjudicated and dismissed.

    My goal on my lien claim is to assign it to my children who are Native American so that a casino can be placed in Dallas to drive business downtown and tourism.

    I have applied to return to law school and the Air Force.

    If there is any question that anyone has, please feel free to direct it to this blog site.

    I will be happy to diffuse the strange claims that have resulted from my filing in the US District Court.

    I hope that makes me seem more reasonable than the media reports allow.

    Sincerely,
    Patricia Gavin

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