Kroenke, NFL will appeal St. Louis lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court

Kroenke's lawyers say that the Missouri Supreme Court ruling will cause "irreparable harm" to the Rams by denying the team's right to have the case resolved in arbitration.

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September 06, 2019 - 7:48 am
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ST. LOUIS (AP/KFTK) — The NFL, Los Angeles Rams and team owner Stan Kroenke are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider why a lawsuit over the team's departure from St. Louis should be settled in arbitration, not open court.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the case should be heard in a St. Louis courtroom. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kroenke, the Rams and the league filed an appeal Wednesday.

Kroenke's lawyers say that the Missouri Supreme Court ruling will cause "irreparable harm" to the Rams by denying the team's right to have the case resolved in arbitration.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles in 2016, prompting a suit by St. Louis city and county and the operator of the domed downtown stadium where the Rams formerly played.

This suit could force Kroenke, Rams COO Kevin Demoff and/or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to a St. Louis courtroom witness stand. It could also mean millions of dollars to, for instance, pay off the dome's debt.

A separate suit was recently settled, giving $24 million in refunds to former St. Louis Rams personal seat license holders. St. Louis was also the winner in another lawsuit, that allows fans who bought tickets and merchandise since 2010 to be eligible for partial refunds.

However, Kroenke and the Rams did win a court decision that allowed them to purchase their former practice facility property in Earth City — last valued at $12.7 million — for just $1. 

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