Friday, February 15, 2008

Former NFL Player, Attorneys Look to Cash in on Spygate

Let's end the week with something a little entertaining...

Attorney Eric Deters bills himself as "never too busy for another new case". Today, Attorney Deters filed a lawsuit against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Distrcit of Louisiana alleging the Patrtiots' videotaping of the St. Louis Rams “walk-through” prior to the 2002 Super Bowl (XXXVI) defrauded the fans and tortiously interfered with numerous contractual relations. The Complaint was filed on behalf of former St. Louis Rams football player Willie Gary (no, not that Willie Gary), two 2002 Super Bowl ticket holders and a Rams seat license holder and alleges damages in excess of $35 million and also requests the Court triple damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1962. The Plaintiffs have also requested that the Court certify the matter as a class action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.

Self-proclaimed "populist crusader" and New Jersey attorney Carl Mayer filed a similar lawsuit against Belichick and the New England Patriots in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in reference to the Patriots' alleged Spygate incident against the New York Jets. The Complaint alleged causes of action similar to those in Deters' filing and also contained a RICO count.

Mayer and Deters' clients will likely have to overcome Belichick and the Patriots' Rule 11 motion and the lawyers involved may have to overcome bar regulations such as Rule 3.130(3.1) of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. While one would expect both suits to go the direction of this Patriots lawsuit, you never know - the Patriots are on a losing streak.

Gary et al v. New England Patriots et al [PDF]
Mayer v. Belichick & The New England Patriots
$100M lawsuit filed against Patriots [Boston Herald]
Heat's on Cheats [New York Post]

UPDATE: The New York Post has weighed in.

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