ST. LOUIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lawsuit filed by four Rams fans from St. Louis claims owner Stan Kroenke and others lied about their desire to keep the team in St. Louis, violating Missouri law.
The suit was filed Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court, one day after NFL owners voted to allow the Rams to relocate to Los Angeles.
The suit alleges that Kroenke and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff made false and misleading statements indicating the team had no intention to move. It says that based on what is now known, that violates Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, which prohibits false statements in the sale or advertisement of trade or commerce.
The suit claims the Rams violated the law in connection with ticket and merchandise sales.
Messages seeking comment Thursday from the Rams were not immediately returned.
Kroenke is planning to build a stadium in Inglewood, California. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders also applied to move to Los Angeles. NFL owners voted to give the Chargers a year to negotiate a deal to share the Rams’ new stadium. If they do not strike a deal, the Raiders would then have the option to negotiate with the Rams.
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