Rams Lawsuit Over Move to Los Angeles Could Head to Arbitration After All

Missouri Supreme Court orders Court of Appeals to re-examine its circuit court ruling

Carol Daniel
February 05, 2019 - 6:29 am
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A brief by the Missouri Supreme Court last week may mean that the dispute over the now-Los Angeles Rams leaving St. Louis could be headed to arbitration after all.

The state's high court ruled the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District reconsider two rulings from last year that allowed disputes to remain in circuit court, despite claims from the defendants that they be arbitrated.

"One of those was a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that had to do with arbitration that came out in December, and then there was a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that came out in January that also dealt with arbitration," said Scott Lauck, a senior reporter with Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

The comments by the state's high court follows the Rams appealing an earlier ruling by the Court of Appeals Eastern District, which said the case could stay in circuit court in St. Louis and didn't have to go to arbitration. 

Related: Missouri Court of Appeals Says 'No' to Stan Kroenke

A St. Louis Circuit Court judge had declined Rams' owner Stan Kroenke's request to send the matter to arbitration, based on mandatory arbitration provisions in contracts signed in 1995 when the team arrived. 

The ruling did not say if the district court should alter its initial ruling. Lauck says it's possible that the eastern district court Could decide it will not change the case. 

But how much weight does the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling have?

"It doesn't tell anybody in particular how to rule," Lauck told KMOX's Carol Daniel. "It's very possible the Eastern District would look at these recent precedents and decide it doesn't change anybody's mind and doesn't change the case."

The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, the City of St. Loius and St. Louis County had sued the Rams and Kroenke for breach of contract, and other claims, after the team left in 2016 for Los Angeles.

Rams PSL Repayment Website Delay

The launch of a website for personal seat license-holders of the Rams seeking compensation as part of a class action lawsuit, is being pushed back. 

Related: Rams Will Pay $24 Million to St. Louis PSL Holders

The Post Dispatch reports the site will go live February 16, allowing Rams PSL holders to file claims for a $24 million settlement. 

Personal seat licenses are common in sports, requiring fans to pay a one-time charge for the right to buy season tickets. The amount each PSL holder will receive will depend on the value of the PSL, which ranged from $250 to $4,500, based on the location of the seat. 

It could be four months or more before any PSL holders receive a check from the Rams. You'll be able to check your eligibility for a reward by submiting information on the website, which KMOX will promote once that website goes live.

The PSL holders were left high and dry after the Rams relocated to Los Angeles in 2016.