Patriots fans in Boston might be happy to hear that the Supreme Court made the final call in the "Spygate" case against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. According to the Associated Press, New York Jets season ticket holder and lawyer Carl Mayer filled suit against the New England team for allegedly secretly taping the Jets' signals when the two teams met on the field over seven years.
No foul, said the U.S. District Court judge who originally heard the case. Mayer's claim was based on the legal theory that the fans who bought Jets season tickets were defrauded because the ticket holders were seeing a game that was essentially rigged. The Supreme Court, dismissing the appeal without comment, let the decision of the federal appeals court stand.
Boston fans will recall that the case stemmed from an incident in 2007 where the Patriots were caught taping signals at the Jets' home opener in Giants Stadium, writes the AP. New England won that game, 38-14. As a result, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fined Coach Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for that incident, and penalized the Patriots a first-round draft choice.
But it will end there, according to the courts. Mayer and the plaintiffs sought triple damages for Jets fans based on an average of $100 a ticket, resulting in potential award of $185 million in damages for Jets fans alone. But the District court dismissed the suit and the appeal to 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ended when the court found Mayer failed to prove any legal right to damages.
Companies may not deceive fans or any other types of consumers with false advertising, deceptive marketing or any other false information. These actions are similar to the legal concept of fraud which simply says that the defendant made a false statement of a material fact he knew to be untrue with the purpose of deceiving the victim, who reasonably relied on that statement and was damaged as a result.
If you feel you have been defrauded by an individual, company or organization, you may want to talk to a personal injury attorney to see if you have a claim for damages. Not all deceptive practice or fraud claims are created equal, as Carl Mayer will tell you, but it never hurts to keep an eye on your rights (and your wallet) in any situation.
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