St. Louis sues Rams, NFL over team’s relocation to LA

The city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the local stadium authority have filed suit against the National Football League and its teams over the Rams’ move last year to Los Angeles.

The suit alleges breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation (including against the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke), and tortious interference with business expectancy (except against the Rams).

The suit, prepared by Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch LC and Dowd Bennett LLP, asks for the disgorgement of the defendants’ profits or damages to be determined at trial, and punitive damages.

The Rams declined to comment on the lawsuit. An NFL spokesman said in an email, there was “no legitimate basis for this litigation.”

The new lawsuit alleges that the Rams failed to meet their obligations under the NFL’s relocation policy and that the move to Los Angeles “enriched the Rams improperly,” as their value doubled to $3 billion.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the city is not paying for legal work related to the lawsuit but that lawyers are working “on a contingency fee” of 35 percent.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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