posted on May, 31 2004 @ 05:25 AM
- Attorneys for the Pittsburgh Steelers are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges taxpayers in National
Football League cities have been unfairly coerced into paying more than $3.5 billion to build new stadiums.
Team attorneys filed a motion in U.S. District Court, arguing that plaintiff Robert Warnock of Carrick lacks standing to pursue antitrust claims.
Warnock, who describes himself as a die-hard Steelers fan, seeks $200 million in punitive damages from the NFL and its 32 teams, and triple that
amount if antitrust violations are found.
Warnock's lawsuit cites the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers' new stadium. The team contributed less than half the $281 million cost of Heinz Field,
but reaps most of the financial benefit from it, the lawsuit charges.
A private taxpayer like Warnock is prohibited from pursuing antitrust claims by the Constitution and other federal court rulings, Steelers attorney
Michael J. Manzo said in a motion filed last week.
Warnock claims NFL owners conspired to prevent competition. However, he does not claim the alleged conspiracy harmed his business or property, a claim
required for antitrust actions, according to Manzo.