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Bills lose effort to dismiss cheerleader lawsuit

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In response to the lawsuit filed by several former members of the Buffalo Jills against various defendants, the Buffalo Bills filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming that they do not actually employ the cheerleading squad.

In that initial skirmish, the Bills have done what they often do on the football field.  They’ve lost.

Judge Timothy J. Drury has concluded that the question of whether the Bills employ the Jills can’t be decided without considering some of the facts of the case.  Which makes it impossible to throw the case out at the opening stage of the process.

“Judge Drury’s decision denied the Bills’ scheme to insulate themselves from the illegal cheerleading operation,” lawyer Marc Panepinto said in a press release. “We will now have the opportunity to prove the unlawful wage practices by the Bills and their contractors. However, we remain hopeful that all parties can now begin a discussion about settling these cases, and move forward into a successful football season.”

Based on the facts developed during the litigation, it’s possible that the Bills will prove that they did not actually employ the Jills. Regardless, the public identifies the Jills as part of the overall Bills operation, and if the Jills were not being properly paid and/or mistreated while on the job, it’s a bad reflection on the team, regardless of the lengths taken by the team to protect itself from the notion that it has any legal responsibility for the squad.

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18 Responses to “Bills lose effort to dismiss cheerleader lawsuit”
  1. weepingjebus says: Jul 1, 2014 5:12 PM

    That picture…

  2. dapollock69 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:16 PM

    If I were the judge, I’d request as many exhibits, preferably photos, that’ll get the job done. Excuse me, I meant to say help me reach a verdict.

  3. craniator says: Jul 1, 2014 5:33 PM

    Yeah , it looks like the “Wide Right” missed field goal at the end of the 1991 Super Bowl against the Giants. One of the best plays in Miami Dolphins history. I think the NY Giants are every Dolphins fan’s second favorite team :-)

  4. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 1, 2014 5:47 PM

    They’re running an illegal cheerleading operation? Do the Feds know about this?

  5. purplengold says: Jul 1, 2014 5:57 PM

    Norwood lines up…the ball is snapped…the kick is up and it’s…

  6. broncosaddict says: Jul 1, 2014 6:21 PM

    Just like football players, nobody forced the cheerleaders to accept a job or sign a contract. They knew what the pay and work expectations were from the start.
    If you don’t like the pay or think you may not like doing what is expected of you….simply don’t sign any contract and don’t accept the job….
    You always have the choice to work somewhere else.

  7. jjackwagon says: Jul 1, 2014 6:33 PM

    I think the Bills should cancel the Jills current contract in order to cover their legal expenses.

  8. mediasloppy says: Jul 1, 2014 6:34 PM

    Take it to the supreme court. Where Corporations are human-beings and now they have souls. Plus the guys seem to know more more about female issues… I’m sure the Bills would win.

    but…

    The Buffalo Bills own the trademark for the Jills; they control the field and everything that happens on that field, from the uniforms the cheerleaders wear to the dances they perform. Yet the organization appears content to attempt to wash their hands of any connection to their own cheerleading squad.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 1, 2014 7:06 PM

    An “illegal cheerleading operation”? Not sure exactly what constitues that, but my mind is racing with possibilities.

  10. abninf says: Jul 1, 2014 7:20 PM

    mediasloppy says:

    Take it to the supreme court. Where Corporations are human-beings and now they have souls. Plus the guys seem to know more more about female issues
    ==================================

    Of course we don’t need to mention it was women who brought the lawsuit against the government that the Supreme Court ruled on yesterday heh

  11. 49erfan44 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:24 PM

    Hey purpleandhold, Gary Anderson ring a bell?

  12. bcgreg says: Jul 1, 2014 7:33 PM

    Get rid of cheerleaders altogether except in high school.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 1, 2014 7:34 PM

    You put in the time, then somebody better be paying you.

  14. mediasloppy says: Jul 1, 2014 7:55 PM

    Of course we don’t need to mention it was women who brought the lawsuit against the government that the Supreme Court ruled on yesterday heh
    ———————————
    It was a couple (family). I was also referring to the 5 guys vs the 3 women that serve the Court.

  15. theteop says: Jul 1, 2014 8:24 PM

    They should just have this picture for every article about the Bills until they have a winning season again.

  16. theflyingelvis says: Jul 1, 2014 9:16 PM

    Like others have said in previous threads on this topic, either pay them or get rid of them. Nobody goes to an NFL game to see the cheerleaders.

  17. joetoronto says: Jul 1, 2014 10:15 PM

    Report: Bills lose at everything.

  18. thisdamnbox says: Jul 2, 2014 3:17 AM

    Buffalo 66…

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