Missouri State Court Sides Against NFL in Move Petition from St. Louis Rams

On April 3, 2018, a Missouri Supreme Court Judge denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss in its lawsuit against the City of St. Louis, County of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (SCA), which operates the St. Louis Rams former stadium. The NFL attempted to argue that the Missouri state court did not have the jurisdictional authority to hear the case where The Rams Football Company, LLC, the NFL, and every NFL owner, 89 separate entities in total, were…
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Rams Hit Hard Over Franchise Move to Los Angeles

Last September, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled that the Rams must refund deposits to some fans that purchased personal seat licenses (PSL) during the franchise’s two decades in the city and offer others the opportunity to buy season tickets to games in Los Angeles. That decision by U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. came in three lawsuits, which were later consolidated into one case. At issue were about 46,000 PSLs to buy season tickets in St. Louis first sold by FANS Inc.,…
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Will the Rams Owe Fans $50 Million for Moving to LA?

The Rams move from St. Louis to Los Angeles spread waves across the football community. Not only was L.A opening its doors to football again, but St. Louis is losing a team that was a staple of the city. Thirty of 32 National Football League teams approved the plan of Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move. Kroenke plans to move the site to Inglewood California, ten miles from downtown Los Angeles, to a Hollywood Park racetrack. This is a $1.8 billion project, and $550 million…
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Class Action Lawsuit Against L.A. Rams Stays in Federal Court

The Los Angeles Rams enjoyed a victory in the Eighth Circuit on July 19, as a district court ruling to remand the class action suit against them to Missouri state court was vacated. Previously, U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White had remanded the case from Missouri federal court back to Missouri state court on jurisdictional grounds, finding that all parties in the suit were residents of Missouri. However, the Eighth Circuit vacated the ruling after finding that evidence presented by the Rams in federal court…
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L.A. Rams Lawsuit Stays in Federal Court, For Now

On Monday, June 20, 2016, a Missouri federal judge ruled to keep a proposed class action lawsuit against the soon-to-be Los Angeles Rams in federal court during an appeal. There had been a previous order on May 10 to remand the case back to state court on jurisdictional grounds, but U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White decided the potential for extra costs and duplicative litigation was enough to stay the order while waiting on a decision from the federal appeals court. The lawsuit was originally…
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Chargers to Remain in San Diego for 2016 Season

On Friday, January 29, 2016, the San Diego Chargers made two important announcements: (1) the franchise reached an agreement in principle with the now “Los Angeles Rams” to share the Inglewood stadium project, creating a route for a Los Angeles move; and (2) the franchise will be staying in San Diego for the 2016, committing to a possible solution for a stadium that keeps the team in San Diego long-term. Last year, Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a 60-acre tract of land in…
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Upset Rams Fans Sue Team Over Move to LA

Just one day after the NFL met and approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Inglewood, California, four fans brought a proposed class action against Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, and Rams Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Demoff, alleging that the two made misleading statements that caused fans to continue to spend money on team apparel and tickets believing that the team was staying in St. Louis. On January 12, 2015, NFL owners met in Houston and approved a plan to move the St. Louis…
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St. Louis City Court Rules: No Public Vote Required for St. Louis Stadium Plan Funding

The future of the NFL in St. Louis is a story we’ve covered before. Now, as Stan Kroenke’s Los Angeles Stadium development begins to take flight, the proponents of the St. Louis Stadium plan received some positive news. On August 3, 2015, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley ruled; City ordinance 66509, codified as Chapter 3.91 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis requiring a public vote to use public money for a stadium is too vague and thus.…
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Future of NFL in St. Louis Appears to be in Court’s Hands

In March, the NFL announced the league was accelerating its efforts to move an NFL franchise to the Los Angeles market. Stan Kroenke, the St. Louis Ram’s owner, has a $1.86 billion stadium complex planned in Inglewood, California. It is clear that time is of the essence, and Jay Nixon’s two-man stadium task force of Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz need to get their proposed financing for the $985 million stadium development in downtown St. Louis finalized and before the NFL owners’ committee as soon…
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St. Louis Rams Owner Planning to Build L.A. Stadium

Rumors and hopes of an NFL team returning to Los Angeles have been swirling ever since the Rams and Raiders left two decades ago.  With more than a dozen previous proposals, it’s a wonder hopefuls haven’t given up.  The latest is a plan for a new St. Louis Rams stadium.  But, this time it’s different – Ram’s owner Stan Kroenke owns a suitable plot of land for a new stadium. Last year, Kroenke purchased a 60-acre tract of land in Inglewood, an L.A. suburb.  Although…
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