SBD/July 17, 2013/Franchises

Cowboys Ask Court To Order SB Ticket Holders Involved In Suit To Pay Attorney Fees

The Cowboys have asked a federal court to order ticketholders suing the NFL over the Super Bowl XLV seating fiasco to pay the club $196,584.44 in attorney fees. Those are the costs the Cowboys said the club incurred responding to “broad” subpoenas issued to club employees by the ticket holders’ lawyers. The team is no longer a party to the lawsuit after the court dismissed that part of the case. The court ordered the Cowboys to comply with the subpoenas, but the team is nevertheless seeking the cost reimbursement. As an example of the cost, the team in its motion yesterday before the Dallas federal court said it had to go through 12,000 e-mails of Senior Dir of Corporate Communications & Strategic Event Planning Brett Daniels, who the ticket holders subpoenaed. Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management Charlotte Jones Anderson also was subpoenaed. The court last year dismissed the case against the Cowboys, but approved the subpoenas earlier this year. The court recently denied class-action status to the case, and the NFL recently asked the court to dismiss most of the remaining charges brought by the eight named ticket holders. There is a separate case pending in the Dallas federal case also brought by ticket holders from the '11 game who were affected by seats not being available.
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