The New York Jets and New York Giants were accused in a lawsuit by developers of the American Dream retail and entertainment center of obstructing plans to finish their project at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Sports complex.
The Bergen County, New Jersey, Superior Court complaint filed yesterday follows a lawsuit filed by the football teams against the development companies. A copy of the new complaint was provided by a publicist for plaintiffs Ameream LLC and Ameream Developer LLC. The filing couldn’t immediately be confirmed in court records.
“The teams appear bent on crippling and destroying the project” to perpetuate their “virtual monopoly status” at the complex and sole use of the roadway, rail, parking and other infrastructure improvements around it, the developers said in the complaint.
The Giants, the Jets and the companies that built their shared MetLife Stadium reneged on a cooperation agreement the developers are relying on to add an amusement park and water park, according to the complaint.
Accusing the teams of intentional and malicious conduct, the developers seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages as well as the court’s finding, in part, that the teams’ rights regarding the project are limited to Sunday National Football League game days.
In a joint statement, the Jets and Giants called yesterday’s filing “unfortunate.”
“The teams invested more than $1.6 billion in, and committed their future to, the State of New Jersey in reliance on the protections set forth in their contract with the state,” they said, referring to their investment in their stadium, which opened in 2010.
In their May 30 complaint, the football franchises said the developers and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the state agency overseeing the site, breached the 2006 cooperation agreement and accused the developers of interfering with that pact.
The developers yesterday said they filed a separate court document seeking dismissal of that suit. That filing couldn’t be independently confirmed in court records.
“We will vigorously pursue this action to enforce the state’s express promises to the teams and protect the rights of our fans,” the Giants and Jets said.
The teams’ case is New Meadowlands Stadium Co. v. Triple Five Group Ltd., BER-C-156-13, Bergen County, New Jersey, Superior Court, Chancery Division. The developers’ case is Ameream LLC v. New York Football Giants Inc., Bergen County, New Jersey, Superior Court, Law Division (Hackensack).