The Los Angeles Rams just lost another skirmish in the team’s multiple legal battles.
This time, a St. Louis judge approved a class-action lawsuit aiming to get money back to fans who bought tickets and merchandise since 2010, and got stuck with jerseys, T-shirts and other paraphernalia for a team that left St. Louis.
St. Louis residents James Pudlowski, Louis C. Cross III, Gail Henry and Steve Henry filed suit in 2016, alleging the Rams purposefully misled fans who may not have otherwise bought tickets or merchandise, or paid so much for them.
On Wednesday, Judge Timothy Boyer ruled that the suit could proceed as a class action, a move the Rams had fought for more than two years. Boyer appointed St. Louis attorney Steven Stolze as class counsel. Missouri residents who bought merchandise in the state between April 21, 2010, and Jan. 4, 2016, can now participate in the suit.
“I am very pleased,” said Thayer Weaver, one of the case’s attorneys. “I’m hopeful that the citizens of St. Louis can one day start the healing process ...”
Rams representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The case, Pudlowski, et al. v. The St. Louis Rams, is one of at least four lawsuits filed against the Rams after the team left for L.A.
One, a class-action suit on behalf of thousands of personal seat license holders, settled in December for $24 million. Another, on the ownership of the Rams’ former practice facility in Earth City, is headed to arbitration.
The last and largest of the four alleges the Rams and the NFL purposefully misled and defrauded the region, among other claims, as the team prepared to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles.
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