Class action lawsuit filed by ticket holders from Super Bowl XLV is dismissed

Chris Graythen

Fans who were displaced from seats deemed unsafe at game time failed to move forward a class action lawsuit against the NFL. The Packers defeated the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The class-action lawsuit filed by Super Bowl XLV ticket holders who were displaced from their seats has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn.

According to the Associated Press:

Lynn ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the number of people suing was large enough to require that common issues prevailed over individual concerns. The ruling also said there wasn't a universal way to calculate damages because fans incurred different expenses.

Removing the cost, Steelers fans among those displaced may rather have had obstructed seating in the first half. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in the game, claiming the franchise's fourth Super Bowl championship. Behind game MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Packers jumped ahead 21-6 at halftime.

The Steelers' furious second-half rally fell short when they failed to replicate the last-minute heroics that won them Super Bowl XLIII over the Arizona Cardinals. Lacking the clutch receiver they had in Santonio Holmes, the Steelers' final drive seemed like its most mild of the second half, failing to even challenge for a go-ahead touchdown.

The suit was against the NFL, not the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones, who hosted the event in Arlington, Texas.

Plaintiffs said they plan to sue the league as individuals.


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