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05-19-2010, 02:49 PM

US court tosses fan lawsuit over Patriots' filming
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) A New York Jets fan won't get to pursue his lawsuit over the New England Patriots' secret videotaping of signals from Jets coaches.

A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia is refusing to step into the fray. The court on Wednesday decided to uphold a lower court's ruling that dismissed the lawsuit by lawyer Carl Mayer, a Jets season ticket holder from Princeton, N.J.

Mayer argued that fans spent large sums to see games that were essentially rigged. He sought $185 million in damages for Jets fans alone.

The three-judge panel says it doesn't condone the conduct of the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik). The judges suggest that fans can protest by refusing to buy tickets or NFL merchandise.

But they say fans have no legal right to seek damages in court.

05-21-2010, 05:17 AM
I hope the judges said somewhere in their summary that what was being alleged didn't rise to the level of fixing games...

Otherwise... I'm not sure I agree with their ultimate decision.

Not that anyone should get 180Mil from this but the part that was quoted would lead me to believe they did see improprieties but say the recourse is to quit following the game(s).

Did these judges just greenlight rigged games?

I'm not saying that's what the Pats did... I'm saying this decision would seem to allow for games to be rigged and the team could point to this decision and say "Hey, the fans can quit supporting us if they want. That's their legal recourse and it's well established in law".

05-22-2010, 07:41 PM
This is what happens when lawyers get involved. All they do is complicate things and argue technicalities to establish precedents.

Lawyers suck. 99% of them give the rest a bad name!