Class-Action Status Denied in SB XLV Suit

The seating fiasco in Arlington left 1,250 ticket holders displaced

On Tuesday, a judge denied class-action status in the lawsuit being brought against the NFL stemming from the seating fiasco that left more than 1,000 ticket holders without seats at Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in 2011, after 1,250 temporary seats were deemed unsafe just a few hours before the Packers and Steelers kicked off.

The ruling, made by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn, was based on the number of plaintiffs--which was deemed insufficient for class action status--and that the claims of those involved in the suit varied too much from individual to individual. Some couldn’t get into the game, some were moved to other seats, and some of that latter group claim their view was obstructed when they were moved.

"The Court, therefore, concludes that the variation in the materiality of the omissions combined with the individual questions of reliance and damages predominate over common issues," the ruling said, per the Associated Press.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the plaintiffs, said he would pursue individual suits against the league.

"We are disappointed with the Court's ruling but look forward to representing hundreds of our clients this year in the trials against the NFL," Avenatti said. "During those trials, we will prove that the NFL defrauded its fans."

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