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Wilfs face $15 million in legal fees from New Jersey fraud case


With Vikings owner Zygi and Mark Wilf already facing $84.5 million in liability arising from a New Jersey fraud lawsuit, the total expense could now be exceeding $100 million.

According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, an arbitrator has decided that the Wilfs should pay more than $15 million in attorneys’ fees incurred by the plaintiffs during litigation that dates back more than 20 years.

A 132-page report from special master Stephen Orlofsky finds that the Wilfs should fully reimburse the plaintiffs for the legal fees associated with pursuing the case.

Morris County Judge Deanne Wilson will hear arguments regarding the issue on December 12.

The American civil justice system generally requires parties to civil litigation to pay for their own legal fees.  Certain laws allow the prevailing party to recover legal fees, in order to encourage citizens to pursue relief for certain types of wrongdoing.

The Wilfs were found to be liable on various theories, including fraud and civil racketeering, in connection with a partnership that constructed an operated an apartment complex.

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27 Responses to “Wilfs face $15 million in legal fees from New Jersey fraud case”
  1. weepingjebus says: Nov 6, 2013 10:03 AM

    Think I’ll stop complaining about my roof repairs now.

  2. primenumber19 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:05 AM

    Something about this stinks and seems a lot more serious and shady than what is on the surface.

  3. mlenenski says: Nov 6, 2013 10:13 AM

    Whenever a guy has that much money, somebody had to get screwed.

  4. favrewillplay4ever says: Nov 6, 2013 10:13 AM

    Just think bikes fans, for that kind of money you could have had not just a real quarterback, but one the quality of Peyton

  5. ccjcsr says: Nov 6, 2013 10:17 AM

    I bet he has that under his mattress!


  6. stevent92 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:18 AM

    I’d send it in a truck full of pennies.

  7. favrewillplay4ever says: Nov 6, 2013 10:32 AM

    Steven92… I get what you’re saying, but wouldn’t a truck full of mixed change be more fun? He could throw a big party where everyone gets to unwrap the rolls of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies together.

  8. orangepeanut28 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:34 AM

    Favre, its called the salary cap. This isnt baseball, you cannot simply buy a championship.

  9. purpleguy says: Nov 6, 2013 10:35 AM

    Cripe, the case has been litigated for over 20 years — I’m surprised the fees aren’t higher.

  10. stealthscorpio says: Nov 6, 2013 10:41 AM

    Player gets a DUI 2 week suspension…owner guilty of $94 million fraud and racketeering no punishment. He “should” be forced to sell his team. Owning an NFL team is a privilege just like the owners like to say playing in the NFL is a privilege.

  11. chillyball says: Nov 6, 2013 10:44 AM

    Cash money, homey.

  12. mogogo1 says: Nov 6, 2013 10:52 AM

    He “should” be forced to sell his team. Owning an NFL team is a privilege just like the owners like to say playing in the NFL is a privilege.

    If only that were the case. They’re actually just big toys for the ultra-rich. And it’s tough to become ultra-rich without bending (or outright breaking) plenty of rules.

  13. radioactivechimp says: Nov 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    Is he wearing a Groucho Marx disguise to hide from the people he defrauded, or is that his real face?

  14. favrewillplay4ever says: Nov 6, 2013 10:56 AM

    Orangepeanut28, Vikes had the cap room last year. Now they don’t because they thought it was more important to sign the all world wideout Greg Jennings instead of a QB

  15. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 6, 2013 11:01 AM

    Wilf paid that much for one year of Brett Favre. He’s not too worried about it.

  16. uwsptke says: Nov 6, 2013 11:04 AM

    “Thanks for taking the heat off me, bro!”

    – Jimmy Haslam

  17. glac1 says: Nov 6, 2013 11:06 AM

    It’s fitting that the team he owns is the vikings!

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 6, 2013 11:16 AM

    I expect the taxpayers of MN to step up and pay for this.

  19. granadafan says: Nov 6, 2013 11:20 AM

    The Wilfs will just fleece the taxpayers again like they did with their stadium.

  20. olcap says: Nov 6, 2013 11:22 AM

    Looks like Vikings ticket prices will be going up. Can’t expect them to pay for their shenanigans themselves.

  21. mattkgray says: Nov 6, 2013 11:35 AM

    Better call Saul…

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    What do the Wilfs care ? They’ll just extort an extra 15 mil from the taxpayers and laugh all the way to the bank.

  23. bishopslappytruelove says: Nov 6, 2013 12:58 PM

    The Wilf’s lawyer must be incompetent. How did they only manage to run up a $15 million bill on such a protracted case?

  24. dietrich43 says: Nov 6, 2013 2:21 PM

    Richie Incognito and the Redskins thank the Wilfs for the momentary headline grab.

    Roger will punish players for getting in trouble, but not the guys paying his salary.

  25. Frazier28/7 says: Nov 6, 2013 4:00 PM

    I’d rather have my team owned by Zygi Wilf then a bunch of idiots most people wouldn’t trust with a potato gun.

  26. skolvikesskol says: Nov 6, 2013 4:51 PM

    That’s a lot of orange peanuts…. Or 1/9th of our new stadium.

  27. whatjusthapped says: Nov 6, 2013 6:49 PM

    I bet right now he is sitting down with his accountant thinking about how much to increase the PSL’s to pay for these legal fees.

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