I couldn’t resist commenting on this tidbit of class action-related news today. A New Jersey federal judge has granted a motion for extention of time to amend the complaint and make service of process in a would-be class action filed by a disgruntled New York Jets fan against the New England Patriots and their coach, Bill Belichick arising out of the well-publicized “Spygate” scandal. The original complaint reportedly sought certification of a class of Jets season tickets holders and alleges that the acts of the Patriots and their coach in secretly videotaping opponents’ signals, which cost the Patriots a first round draft pick and drew calls for a Congressional investigation by Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector, violated the “contractual expectations and rights” of plaintiff and the would-be class “to observe an honest match played in compliance with all laws and regulations.” See the full article below.
I’m not prepared to comment about the likelihood of class certification or success on the merits of this case if the defendants ever get served, but I will say that as a life long Seattle Seahawks fan and season ticket holder, I’ll be watching this case intently as a test case for a possible class action against the officiating crew from Super Bowl XL for violating my rights “to observe an honest match played in compliance with all laws and regulations.”
If you’re a Seahawks fan too, you’ll know what I’m talking about.