Appeals court rejects lawsuit over Super Bowl XLV seating problems

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A lawsuit filed in federal court by two area residents and two Floridians, alleging that the National Football League committed fraud by selling them tickets to Super Bowl XLV but then failing to provide them with the promised seats, was rejected today by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The plaintiffs were "without any legitimate basis to assert punitive damages, attorney’s fees, treble damages, or additional compensation for losing a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to view the sporting event from their promised seats," wrote the circuit judges.

The lawsuit filed two years ago in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh included as plaintiffs Richard Pollock of Beaver County and his daughter, Cheryl Pollock of Moon, who bought tickets to the championship contest between the Steelers and the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas.

Their seats at Cowboys Stadium were in temporary sections that were being hastily built for the game, and that were ultimately left unoccupied because officials could not verify their safety. They were instead allowed to stand in an area with obstructed views.

U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone dismissed their claims, and the appeals court upheld his decision.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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