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Super Bowl XLV Ticket Holders Suing NFL Ask Court To Hold Cowboys In Contempt

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Super Bowl ticketholders suing the NFL over the '11 temporary seating fiasco yesterday asked a federal court to hold the Cowboys in contempt for failing to produce sufficient documents related to the controversy. The ticketholders have subpoenaed the team. Earlier this year the court ruled the Cowboys could not be sued as part of the lawsuit, but the ticketholders contend the team was integral to the problem of the temporary seating not being ready for the '11 game at the team’s stadium. As a result, the motion contends that even as a third party not named in the lawsuit, the team should be forced to hand over documents, like communications with the city of Arlington and with temporary seat contractor, Seating Solutions. “Simply put, the Cowboys refuse to provide any responsive documents,” the motion said. The ticketholders have had a variety of discovery complaints filed with the North Texas federal court, including seeking to overcome league objections to depose NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Many of the fans whose seats were not ready or had an obstructed view for the '11 game have already settled with the NFL.
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