The agreement that lured the Rams from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995 includes a provision that guarantees the Rams a first-tier NFL stadium by 2015. The procedure for getting there includes an arbitration process, which the Rams won earlier this year.
There’s another term of the agreement that now will benefit the Rams. The party that prevails in the arbitration is entitled to reimbursement for attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.
According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission owes the Rams $2.01 million, with $1.85 million coming from attorneys fees and $159,150 attributed to costs.
The Rams had asked for $3.42 million, and the CVC had argued that the expenses should not exceed $787,398.
Typically, parties to litigation bear their own legal expenses. In this case, with the parties expressly agreeing that the loser in arbitration will pay the winner’s fees, the Rams have won on both counts.
The bigger victory, of course, comes from the fact that, if the CVC doesn’t provide the upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome that the arbitrators have determined to be appropriate and necessary, the Rams will be able to leave the venue after the 2014 season.