Lawsuit over Rams' move from St. Louis delayed to 2022
By admin - March 11, 2021
A Missouri judge will push back the trial for St. Louis’ lawsuit over the departure of the NFL’s Rams to Los Angeles to early 2022. Here are the highlights:
- Judge Christopher McGraugh on Wednesday cited Missouri Supreme Court guidelines for reopening courts during the coronavirus pandemic, along with concerns having enough jurors willing to sit for a trial that may last up to two months, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
- McGraugh announced he plans to reschedule the trial for Jan. 10.
- The trial had originally been scheduled for October.
- “I’m concerned about trying to push this through in October when at best it’s probably a 50/50, if less, chance of it actually occurring,” McGraugh told lawyers in a virtual court hearing Wednesday. Neither side objected.
- The lawsuit pits St. Louis entities against Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL.
- Robert Haar, a lawyer for Kroenke and the Rams, cited concerns with pretrial media coverage of the case, and about finding impartial jurors in St. Louis.
- “It’s a matter of critical importance to my clients and something we’re grappling with,” he said.
- The 2017 lawsuit filed by the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority claims the NFL violated its own relocation rules by allowing the Rams to move to Los Angeles in 2016.
- The lawsuit seeks upward of $1 billion, claiming the Rams’ departure cost the city millions in amusement, ticket and earnings tax revenue.