Super Bowl 2011 Fans Lose Bid to Pursue Class Action

Football fans who sued over obstructed views and other complaints with their seats at the 2011 Super Bowl game near Dallas lost a bid to pursue their case as a group.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn in Dallas today denied class-action status in the case, which was brought against the National Football League.

“These issues are individualized,” Lynn wrote in her ruling.

In previous rulings Lynn threw out all claims against the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones. The judge ruled that the NFL must defend fraud claims brought by fans whose seats had obstructed views at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. She also ruled that breach of contract claims can go forward against the NFL over the obstructed seats and other seating problems.

“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,” Michael Avenatti of Eagan Avenatti LLP, lead counsel for the ticketholders, said in an e-mail. “During those trials we will prove that the NFL defrauded its fans.”

Joanna Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NFL, said in an e-mail the league is pleased with the court’s decision..

The case is Simms v. Jones, 3:11-cv-00248, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas).

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