Missouri's highest court rules against Rams, NFL; Stan Kroenke could appear in St. Louis courtroom

The decision means we could see Stan Kroenke, Kevin Demoff, or commissioner Roger Goodell testify on a St. Louis witness stand.

Michael Calhoun
September 04, 2019 - 7:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The big St. Louis lawsuit against Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL will stay in open court. 

The Missouri Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Kroenke and the league cannot use the 1995 lease terms to get this case moved to arbitration. It's believed bringing the case to arbitrators instead of keeping it in open court would be an advantage for Kroenke and the NFL. Joel Currier at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had the first report. 

In this case, St. Louis city, county and stadium authority allege not just breach of contract, but fraud, illegal enrichment and interference in business. Basically, St. Louis says the NFL lied and broke its own guidelines when it encouraged the city to keep working on a stadium plan, while Kroenke was secretly making plans for land in L.A. The franchise officially left town in 2016.

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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