Stadium Litigation Update
On August 13, 2001, this office filed a class action complaint with four
named plaintiffs listing the Steelers Pittsburgh Football Club and the Sports
and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County as defendants. The
complaint alleged breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud,
unfair trade practices in the marketing and selling of Stadium Builder Licenses
and Season Tickets for Heinz Field on the north shore in the City of Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny County Sheriff served the Complaint on August 21, 2001.
The Complaint was transmitted electronically to the Prothonotary of
Allegheny County, and included a digital image of the brochure issued by the
Defendants. The Allegheny County Prothonotary accepted the electronic filing,
and issued Case No. GD-01-016041. The Complaint, exhibits, and all pleadings
filed by this office may be viewed at the Allegheny County Prothonotary web
The Pittsburgh Steelers filed Preliminary Objections to the Complaint and
An Amended Complaint was filed with the court. The Steelers filed a second set
of Preliminary Objections. The Steelers objections are primarily based upon the
insertion of an “integration clause” and “binding agreement” clause in
the Stadium Builders License Agreements that were executed by the SBL Holders.
The Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County also
filed Preliminary Objections that essentially mirrored the Objections of the
The Objections were brief and argued before the Honorable Robert P.
Horgos, Judge, on November 20, 2001. On December 28, 2001, Judge Horgos ruled in
favor of the Steelers and the Authority. An Appeal was promptly filed with the
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The SBL Holders brief is due shortly and the
matter will be argued before the court in the summer. This office is confident
that the lower court will be reversed and that the matter will be remanded to
the lower court for the matter to proceed.
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