ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As the legal team for the NFL and Stan Kroenke are taking a loss in seemingly every turn of this lawsuit filed by St. Louis, they may have just resorted to a new strategy.
New filings in the lawsuit – which present the defendant's arguments – were obtained last week during a very, very short period of time that they were in the public domain. They have since been sealed by the court, and have left us wondering if it was an honest mistake to let those documents slip, or possibly another ploy by the most-hated man in St. Louis and his team.
The NFL and Kroenke are still pushing for a summary judgment to be issued, to keep the $1 billion relocation lawsuit from going to trial. The defendants filed new documents on Wednesday, which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained, saying the claims by St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority are false.
"The bottom line is that the judge will not grant (a summary judgment)," said KMOX legal expert Brad Young. "And I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out, was this filing a mistake or was it a designed PR move to try to get more publicity regarding the Rams position in this litigation? I think either are possible explanations."
The entire lawsuit is under a court-ordered seal, but this latest attempt by Kroenke's team to have the lawsuit thrown out was filed without putting it under a seal. So for about three hours, Young says, the documents were in the public domain until the lawyers finally got it sealed.