Haynes and Boone Wins Dismissal of All Claims Against The National Football League in Super Bowl Ticket Pricing Class Action

01/22/2015

In a case that drew national attention when it was filed last year, a New Jersey federal judge has dismissed all claims brought against the National Football League in a class action brought over ticket pricing for Super Bowl XLVIII held last February at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

The plaintiffs in Finkelman, et al. v. National Football League, et al. (Civil Action No.3:14¬cv¬00096 (D.N.J.)) asked the United States District Court in New Jersey to find that the league’s limited distribution of Super Bowl tickets caused Finkelman and other class members to overpay for Super Bowl seats on the secondary market. Finkelman claimed that the League’s distribution of Super Bowl tickets violated Section 35.1 of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act which Finkelman claimed required that the NFL release 95% of all Super Bowl tickets for sale to the general public. 

Following oral argument, U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan dismissed the action, finding that a second named plaintiff lacked standing to bring claims and that both plaintiffs were unable to demonstrate the requisite elements of a statutory violation and causation. The court also dismissed the plaintiffs’ related unjust enrichment claim finding that neither plaintiff had alleged a sufficiently direct relationship with the NFL. 

The NFL was represented by New York Partner Jonathan Pressment and New York Associate Joseph Lawlor of Haynes and Boone, LLP.

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