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TEXAS HOCKEY FANS FIRE LAWSUIT AT STARS

     Mark Brinkman, a Stars season-ticket holder who filed a
class-action lawsuit against the team, will "pursue a full refund
and damages against the Stars for season-tickets he paid for in
June."  Brinkman said he will continue with the suit even if the
season is cancelled and the team offers full refunds.  Brinkman:
"I'd just like to take this out to make a point and maybe set a
precedent for all sports leagues.  This just isn't the way to
operate a business.  The fans have no rights."  The Stars have
offered three different options on a refund policy, although they
join 22 NHL teams in not offering cash refunds for the entire
season.  Four teams do offer full refunds for season-tickets,
although the fans give up the right to retain priority seating.
This policy has kept requests for full refunds low.  Stars
President Jim Lites said full refunds are "just not possible" at
this time (Mike Heika, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/28).
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