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Super Bowl 2011 fans can’t pursue class action

Plaintiffs were suing the NFL for bad seats

The National Football League (NFL) just scored an important win.

On Tuesday, a district court judge denied class action status to a group of football fans who sued the NFL for fraud and breach of contract because of the bad experiences they had at the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas.

Just hours before the 2011 championship game kicked off, 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium were deemed unsafe. That forced 850 ticketholders to move to new seats and 400 others to move to standing-room locations.

The plaintiffs, who were Super Bowl ticketholders, claimed the league was responsible for the stadium’s improperly installed seats, which caused them to either be denied seats for the game, moved to other seats or seated in spots with obstructed views.

In her decision, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn wrote that the plaintiffs’ “issues are individualized” and therefore not suitable for a class action.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer told Bloomberg that he and his clients are “disappointed with the court’s ruling but look forward to representing hundreds of our clients this year in the trials against the NFL. During those trials we will prove that the NFL defrauded its fans.”

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