Represented The Oakland Raiders And Al Davis
Verdict: $34.2 Million | Sacramento County Superior Court | Oakland Raiders v. Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
The claims made by the Raiders included fraud, misrepresentation and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing surrounding the negotiations and the contract that was entered into to bring the Raiders from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995. The Raiders claimed that the defendants made misrepresentations and false statements regarding the demand for professional football in the Oakland region and falsely misrepresented that the premove sales of personal seat licenses had resulted in a sellout of the stadium. Defendants contended that they had never made any such representations regarding demand or a sellout of the personal seat licenses. To the contrary, the defendants claimed that they had negotiated with the Raiders in good faith and had fully disclosed the sales results. They alleged that the Raiders were the ones making false claims and that they knew the stadium had not been sold out. This action initially started back in 1997 when the defendants filed suit against the Raider organization for breach of contract and recision. The defendants, who were the plaintiffs in that action, filed their lawsuit against the Raiders based upon the belief that the Raiders were intending to leave the Oakland region, thereby breaching the license agreement. The case that ultimately went to trial in March 2003 was originally a cross-complaint by the Raiders filed against the defendants. Mr. Dreyer was brought in to try the case. He did not get involved in the action until January 2003, when he was hired to finish out the expert discovery in the case and then try the lawsuit. It was a no-offer case, and the defendants had claimed the lawsuit was filed maliciously and that it had no merit. Defendants further contended that the general partner for the Raiders, Al Davis, had manufactured this lawsuit in an effort to gain a negotiating advantage over the Coliseum defendants. The trial took four months and after 14 days of deliberation, the jury ultimately entered a verdict in favor of the Raider organization for the sum of $34,203,135 by a vote of 11 to 1. The jury found that the defendants had, in fact, lied to the Raiders and made false representations that induced the Raiders to enter into the original agreement. The jury further found that the defendants had made false representations regarding the sellout and awarded the Raider organization loss of profits from 1995 through 2005. This is the largest civil monetary judgment ever awarded in Sacramento County history.