Court rules against NFL in no-call lawsuit

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Courtesy of Kamil Krzaczynski, USA Today Sports

It’s looking more and more like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be deposed in a court of law.

The league is currently in court in Louisiana in a case stemming from the blatant non-call in the NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints back in January.

Said court ruled against the NFL in its attempt to stop the lawsuit on Wednesday.

“When a civil court judge ruled attorney Tony Lemon could move forward with his lawsuit, the NFL filed an emergency writ with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to stop it. But, the court denied their request Wednesday afternoon (July 24), which would have prevented Goodell’s deposition,” Fox 8 in New Orleans reported.

Orleans Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard ruled last week that Lemon, an attorney in his own right, could move forward with discovery.

What does this all mean? It’s rather simple. Lemon is claiming that the non-call against Los Angeles in the title game led directly to the Rams earning a trip to the Super Bowl.

In doing so, he’s alleging fraud, unjust enrichment and detrimental reliance. That latter term us used for failing to live up to the terms of a contract. In this case, the NFL.

It’s not yet known what damages Lemon is seeking. But they have to be minimal with this being a state matter.