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Architel Holdings Files Suit Over Cowboys Stadium Suite Lease
Published April 27, 2010
|Architel Holdings Claims Cowboys Stadium Staff
Used "Misleading" Tactics To Lease It A Suite
Dallas-based Architel Holdings said that the sales staff at Cowboys Stadium "used 'misleading' tactics and gave 'false' information to lease it a luxury suite, accusing them of going as far as claiming that it was the last one left," according to Sandra Baker of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Architel Holdings, an IT outsourcing company, and its Founder, Alexander Muse, last season "leased a suite but never used it, and refused to make a $240,000 first-year lease payment because of what they call deceptive sales practices." Architel and Muse "made the allegations in a countersuit filed Friday in state district court in Tarrant County." Muse and his company are defendants in a lawsuit the Cowboys filed this year, "one of more than a dozen such actions filed to recover money from individuals and companies who stopped making lease payments on suites" at the stadium. The countersuit indicated that the stadium "ended up leasing the Architel-Muse suite" for the '09 season, but is "still seeking payment on the 20-year lease." Attorney Levi McCathern, who is representing the stadium, "called the counterclaim a case of buyer's remorse." McCathern: "It's disappointing people try to get out of their contracts like this. They're big boys. The contract is clear. They knew exactly what they were signing." Baker noted Muse and business associate Scott Ryan "found two other investors and signed the lease" after touring the facility in '08. But after Muse and Ryan "introduced the additional investors, the sales staff went behind their backs to get the new pair to sign a separate deal." As a result, Muse and Ryan "never took possession of the suite and demanded a refund" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/24).