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Another stupid lawsuit

Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:30 pm
Another small lawsuit for man, another major step into the abyss for mankind.

As if there was any doubt what would happen in our litigious society, an ambitious lawyer and his greedy clients eliminated that on Wednesday by filing a class-action lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL and Jerry Jones after the seat fiasco from Super Bowl XLV.

Less than 72 hours after hundreds of fans were displaced, some of them to next year's Super Bowl, the suit was filed. That's impressive efficiency, even by today's standards of money-grubbing, lawsuit-filing, ethics-abandoning attorneys.

My dad was an attorney for 25 years, then a judge for 15 more, so don't look at me as another one of those "lawyers are evil" types. I'm not. But this lawsuit is offensive. It's a lawsuit that was filed for no better reason than because it could be filed. Because some plaintiff or attorney smelled a buck, and a bunch of lemmings hurried to the edge of the cliff to join them.

What happened to those fans Sunday was unfortunate, but it wasn't a lawsuit. Some fans were moved to other seats, and the 400 or so fans who couldn't be accommodated were given triple the face value of their tickets -- if they bought them for more than that from a scalper, well, boo hoo -- and a ticket to Super Bowl XLVI. Plus other goodies.

That's more than enough, but there was potential here for a lawsuit -- and since those folks weren't lucky enough to slip on the ice outside Cowboys Stadium and file that suit, they'll settle for this one.

I hope they lose, and then have to pay attorney's fees for the other side.

Category: NFL
Tags: Super Bowl

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:53 am

Another stupid lawsuit

Lawyers like these would do well to recall Shakespeare a long time back (Henry VI)  "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.". Scum sucking ambulance chasers like these are barnacles on the ship of society. There was another case in Los Angeles about a decade ago where a law group would file baseless lawuits against small businesses (dry cleaners, hardware stores etc.), then settling with them after legal intimidation. Basically legalized extortion. A few business owners had the temerity to challenge the lawyers. The case was brought up before the state bar of CA and the defendant's (lawyer's) defense was that "disbarring me would deprive me of the right to make a living" (!!!). The CA state bar disbarred them, more to avoid a P.R. fiasco and further examination of practices like this, which the legal types turn blind eyes to for the most part.

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 11:27 am

Another stupid lawsuit

Another baseless lawsuit, I would gladly take the offer that the NFL made. the lawyers the only one that's going to come out of this as the winner.Its amazing how fast present day lawyers start looking for clients. Ttheir were lawyers advertising for clients within 7 days of the plane crash that happened at lexington airport several years ago the first bodies hadn't even been buried yet.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:39 am

Another stupid lawsuit

Doyel, I'm listening to you on Czabe, and heard you expand on this "stupid lawsuit" issue.  You're clearly no legal expert, but hey -- your dad was a lawyer, and you stayed in a Holiday Inn Express a couple times.  Puh-lease.
Take a look at Texas consumer protection laws.  They're on the books for a reason.  What the NFL and Jerry Jones did was ABSOLUTELY reckless and sanctionable.  400 people had to watch the game in a bar with no audio -- just the straight video feed from the stadium. Heck, they didn't even get access to the Fox broadcast.  Courts have said over and over again that in this type of situation, the loss of the experience is sufficient as damages, and it's recoverable.
The NFL and Jerry Jones deserves this lawsuit.  You think it's baseless?  I guarantee you're wrong.  They will settle, and they'll settle for a LOT more than what they've offered those people so far.  Their greed has bit them in the ass this time.
Stick to sports.  Leave the legal opinions to people who know something about the law.

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:46 pm

Another stupid lawsuit

Am I missing something?  The Cowbys and Jerry Jones as President acting as agents of the NFL sold tickets and accepted payments for seats that did not exist.  That's fraud; civil and criminal suits should be underway.  Billion dollar businesses can't cheat their customers.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:19 pm

Another stupid lawsuit

You should realize that the NFL is in charge of the ticket sales not the dallas cowboys. If you go read the NFL by-laws the NFL is in charge of the stadium one month before the super bowl game. I guess they felt they did not need to inspect the stadium or make sure the proper number of seats were available. The stadium can hold over 105,000 fans,which it has at other events.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:07 pm

Another stupid lawsuit

I disagree that this suit is a big waste of time by greedy people.  So the NFL offered 3 times the face value and tickets to next year's or any other superbowl.  What if you team never makes it back.  This is a "once in a lifetime" opportunity that most people pay a hell of a lot more than 3 times face value for the tickets, not to mention all the money they spend getting to the Superbowl in order to watch "their team" play.  So I don't think the NFL has adequately compensated them and I think it's ridiculous that they were not prepared to handle a situation that may involve snow.  Everyone gets so pissed off when the NFL awarded NY/NJ the Superbowl for 2014 because it could snow or bad weather, blah, blah blah.  I will tell you this, NY/NJ will be ready for any situation as they always are because they prepare.  The NFL and Jerry Jones (by the way, he owns the stadium thus it is proper to sue him), were totally unprepared to handle a situation with a little snow.  Kind of comical considering how much snow the Northeast has gotten this year and we still go on.  Get yourself some sanders and salters for god's sake. 

Anyway, good for the people whose dreams of experiencing a Superbowl were so tarnished.  They should be better compensated and we all know that Jones and the NFL aren't filing for bankruptcy anytime soon.  They have no trouble raising prices, charging PSLs and the like for what they provide.  Well, when they screw up they should fix and I don't think they have done that here. 

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Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:05 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:24 pm

Another stupid lawsuit

It would have been much much cheaper to have paid off the fire marshall.

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:04 pm

Another stupid lawsuit

Remember now, this is a league that paid of the players union rep (Upshaw) just so they wouldnt have to pay the founding players a few scraps. I guess all those greedy ex players who filed a lawsuit to get the NFL to pay them each 2 grand a month so they could pay of their medical expenses and knee replacements. I do see how the NFL cant afford it when they only make 9 billion a year and cant reimburse fans they screwed over for a whole 5 million.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:32 pm

Another stupid lawsuit

Waste of time class-action!  So you weren't NFL has MORE than made up for it with triple-price value and a Super Bowl of your choice.  Stop wasting the court's time with this crap.  If you're mad you might not see your team in the Super Bowl again, wake up.  It's the Pack and Steelers.  Hard to think both won't be back soon.

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