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Cowboys want lawyer to pay $200,000 in Super Bowl lawsuit expenses

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When last we heard from lawyer Michael Avenatti, he suggested that the Cowboys use their $25,025 reimbursement for expenses incurred in connection with the Super Bowl ticket lawsuit to hire a new General Manager.  If the Cowboys have their way, they’ll have a lot more money for a G.M. to replace the team’s owner, Jerry Jones.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the Cowboys want Avenatti to pay the full $196,584.44 requested for legal fees and others costs associated with efforts to comply with Avenatti’s requests for documents in the possession, custody, and/or control of the Cowboys.  The request comes via a motion to reconsider the decision to give the Cowboys one third of their initial estimate that the process will cost $75,075.

“Mr. Avenatti should not now be allowed to hide behind his clients in an attempt to avoid paying the expense borne of his unreasonable recalcitrance,” the Cowboys said in court documents.  The says that Avenatti submitted “overly broad” requests for information.

Parties to civil litigation typically fight over the extent of information that will be shared as the two sides gather all potential evidence and prepare the case for further proceedings.  And courts typically hate to be caught in the middle over fights regarding how much one side or the other will pay for it.

The lawsuit arises from the failure of Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) to finish temporary seating for Super Bowl XLV, preventing hundreds of fans with tickets to the game from actually attending the game.

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9 Responses to “Cowboys want lawyer to pay $200,000 in Super Bowl lawsuit expenses”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 7, 2013 4:52 PM

    He’ll counter with an offer for $500k and to keep the change to buy a GM.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 7, 2013 5:27 PM

    Ok if you don’t like that offer then I’ll take out the clause. Final offer is $6.66.

  3. daysend564 says: Nov 7, 2013 5:42 PM

    It’s always fun to watch those that go for the money grab get knocked back down a few notches.

  4. 700levelvet says: Nov 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    The “most mediocre franchise in sports “…

  5. redbirdsrising says: Nov 7, 2013 6:19 PM

    >The lawsuit arises from the failure of Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) to finish temporary seating for Super Bowl XLV, preventing hundreds of fans with tickets to the game from actually attending the game.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the fans get to still attend the game, and were given access to the Club level of the stadium?

  6. joemammy says: Nov 7, 2013 6:38 PM

    Leave it to the owner of that team to try to collect a boatload of cash, in payment for something he couldn’t provide.

    It’s almost embarrassing to live in the same state as that guy. But, then, I remember he’s from Arkansas…and it all makes sense.

  7. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    and sadly this is the only way somebody can put cowboys and super bowl in the same article these days hahaha

  8. apmn says: Nov 7, 2013 7:06 PM

    Do we really live in a world in which it costs $200,000 to make some copies of your files and send them over to a law office? You gotta be kidding me!

  9. bluebongzilla says: Nov 8, 2013 2:11 AM

    Regardless of the cost, the Cowboys are due their expenses since they were dismissed from the lawsuit. This suit is already a loser, no way they’re going to get a judgment that covers even the original $25K because they chose to stay and see the game. That constitutes acceptance of the contract in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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