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Judge Schedules Conference Call Between NFL, Lawyers For Super Bowl Ticket Holders

A federal judge in Texas has scheduled a conference call for Thursday between the NFL and lawyers for ticket holders suing the league for the seating problems at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. The ticket holders earlier this week notified the court that mediation had failed, and claimed the league negotiated in bad faith. The NFL disputes it negotiated in bad faith. The judge ordered the parties to be on the conference call at 10:00am CT, and also ordered that no further filings should be made unless the court permits it after the call. Thousands of ticket holders to Super Bowl XLV were unable to sit in their assigned seats because temporary seating had not been completed in time for the game. A report from the federal mediator shows the mediation occurred on June 21, and NFL execs Anastasia Danias and Gary Gertzog attended (Gertzog’s name is misspelled as Hertzog). Alec Sheiner, in-house counsel for the Cowboys, also a named defendant, was also present, according to mediator Jay Madrid’s report. Madrid is an attorney with Winstead. Coincidentally, Thursday is also the day NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s response is due in a Louisiana court to Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit.
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