Bills remain confident of victory in cheerleader lawsuit

The Bills went wide right in round one of the legal fight instituted by cheerleaders alleging wage violations. But the Bills remain confident that they’ll eventually prevail.

“The order issued today is a procedural component of the legal process and our organization remains confident in our position in this matter,” the Bills said in a statement. “For decades, the Bills have contracted with third parties to hire, train, manage and compensate cheerleaders. We are confident that the facts developed in this matter will further support our position.”

In litigation, every party expresses confidence about its position. For the Bills, the question will be whether the team can prove that, despite an obvious connection to the team, the squad is sufficiently disconnected to insulate it from liability.

Regardless of whether the Bills don’t have to compensate the cheerleaders who sued, it’s a bad look for the team if it turns out that the third party contracted to manage the squad violated the legal rights of the cheerleaders.

16 responses to “Bills remain confident of victory in cheerleader lawsuit

  1. It’s about the concept of “piercing the corporate veil”. Regardless of what the Bills say about what insulates them from liability, it all depends on the cheerleaders proving that they were cheerleaders for the Bills and everyone recognized them as such.

    Of course, if in their applications, contracts, etc, the Bills can prove that it is written and they agreed that they did not work for nor represent the Bills, they may prevail.

    Lots of corporations are able to set up fake “store fronts” and entities to protect them from certain responsibilities. The Bills problem is that every Sunday, these ladies were viewed publicly by everyone as part of the Bills organization.

    I’m willing to bet, every promotion of these ladies advertised them as Bills cheerleaders. Piercing the corporate veil doesn’t seem so difficult here, but we’ll see.

  2. I thought the audience was the 3rd party and the team assembled for the presented football experience was all part of the same team. And water is not water, it’s H20. I hope you never get thirsty and need some H20. Then you’ll get caught undervaluing and disrespecting it.

  3. From a purely financial standpoint, wouldn’t it make sense just to pay them fairly and be done with it? We’re talking 5 figures here, as opposed to the 6 figures they’re spending on lawyers making themselves look bad!

  4. “We are confident that the facts developed in this matter will further support our position.”

    In litigation, every party expresses confidence about its position. ”

    As did you, in expressing your confidence that the Bills had therefore through something meaningless been declared another evil business. Case closed.

    The Bills are correct, it was a predicted precedural whole lot of nothing, that this site yet again trumped into something that wasn’t exactly the truth.

    Kinda like another topic.

  5. abreathofsanity says:
    Jul 2, 2014 12:37 AM
    Do away with cheerleaders. There I fixed the problem. They are useless.
    Imagine that, real American men who don’t like to see women. There is something so wrong with that. Buy binoculars. If you don’t like looking at women, you can zero in on whatever you wanna see.

    I’m not part of the “he man woman haters club”. I appreciate the eye candy.

  6. No, it’s not a matter of piercing the corporate veil. It’s a matter of showing whether the Jills are employed by the Bills, so that the Bills would be liable for proper payment of wages. It was unlikely that they would prevail on a motion to dismiss, since the factors to prove employment are factual in nature, requiring documents and testimony. If facts are in issue, the court can’t grant a motion to dismiss.

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