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Super Bowl XLV ticket lawsuits will continue, on individual basis

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The NFL’s recent run of good fortune in federal court recently continued, with one of the oldest cases on the league’s docket.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld the decision to prevent the Super Bowl XLV ticket lawsuit from proceeding as a class action. However, that decision doesn’t end the case.

“We are now going to try the remaining cases on an individual basis,” lawyer Michael Avenatti told PFT via email.  “We are not going to simply pack up and go home.  We recovered on average $10,000 for each of the first seven fans.”

There will be far more than seven remaining cases to be tried, with more than 150 claims remaining.

Avenatti told PFT Live last month that the NFL has spent more than $20 million through more than five years of litigation. Absent a settlement, plenty more likely will be spent going forward.

The league scored another victory, which will be relevant to the potential recovery in the remaining cases. The fraud claims arising from the reality that not enough seats were installed to correspond with all of the tickets sold. Likewise, the Cowboys no longer will be separately liable, leaving the league as the primary defendant.

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9 Responses to “Super Bowl XLV ticket lawsuits will continue, on individual basis”
  1. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:06 PM

    The NFL front office is a National disgrace.

  2. 4rings4brady says: Sep 13, 2016 2:08 PM

    The NFL has spent 20 million on this? What a complete waste of money on the League’s part. Nothing like wasting $20m of money on lawyers because you are too stubborn to pay the people who got jobbed by the league a little bit extra. 157 (I’m guessing based on numbers in the article) x $10,000 = $1,570,000.

    If I were an owner, I’d be asking the ginger hammer for an explanation as to why the league has wasted $18,430,000 (and will continue to waste even more $) on this black eye.

  3. bsizemore68 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:09 PM

    2 words that the NFL can be called ” Greed and Money “. Bill

  4. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    Poor Jerry. Like all snake oil salesmen he is trying to sell product he doesnt have. Nice.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Sep 13, 2016 2:41 PM

    Jerry Seinfeld explained to the rental car agent that he/she (I forget which) knew how to take the reservation, but didn’t know how to fill the reservation. That’s the NFL.

  6. mogogo1 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:37 PM

    $20 million and counting in legal fees and constant bad press for something that could have been settled for probably 1/10th of that amount? What is the magic number where the NFL actually would acknowledge they screwed this up royally? $30 million? $50 million?

  7. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 13, 2016 4:05 PM

    What are you practical folks doing the math thinking?
    No matter the cost he league has a sacred obligation to defend the integ…
    (bwahahaha..can’t…type…the…rest…of…the…word…it keeps…causing…paroxysms…of…laughter…)

  8. factschecker says: Sep 13, 2016 4:38 PM


  9. 4rings4brady says: Sep 13, 2016 5:33 PM

    3 negs so far… must work for the league or are part of the nfl’s legal team

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