The federal lawsuit stemming from the seating fiasco at Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium will continue in part, but the Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas Cowboys have been cleared of any legal liability for the mistake that left more than hundreds of fans “out in the cold,” so to speak, on Super Sunday 2011.
US District Judge Barbara Lynn ruled Thursday that the Cowboys would be dismissed as defendants in the case, arguing that the missteps made were the responsibility of the NFL and not the host team.
As such, the plaintiffs in the case may go forth with their lawsuit, claiming that the NFL--but not Dallas--was in breach of contract, and fans that got obstructed-view seating can continue on with their suit, claiming fraudulent inducement on behalf of the league; but these claims notwithstanding, Lynn dismissed a good portion of the initial suit.
“The court’s ruling threw out all claims brought on behalf of those fans who were eligible for the NFL’s voluntary reimbursement offers except for a breach of contract claim,” the NFL said in a statement, via the Morning News. “We continue to believe that the offers made to these ticketholders meet or exceed what they could be entitled to under the law. In fact, the vast majority of these fans accepted the NFL’s offers long ago.”
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