Supreme Court refuses to hear 'Spygate' lawsuit

Supreme Court refuses to hear 'Spygate' lawsuit
March 7, 2011, 4:34 pm
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Associated PressWASHINGTON -- The Supreme Courtsaid Monday it won't review a decision throwing out a lawsuit stemmingfrom the New England Patriots' 2007 "Spygate" scandal.The high court refused to revive aNew York Jets fan's class-action lawsuit against their footballarchrivals and coach, Bill Belichick.Carl Mayer, a lawyer in Princeton,N.J., known for filing legal actions against New Jersey politicians, isa New York Jets season ticket-holder. He wanted millions of dollarsfrom the Patriots and Belichick, claiming they deceived customers bysecretly videotaping Jets coaches' in-game signals. His lawsuit claimedfans spent large sums to see games that were essentially rigged.The suit alleged that the Patriotstaped the Jets' signals in their twice-yearly contests for seven years,and sought triple damages for Jets fans based on a rough average of100 a ticket. Mayer sought 185 million in damages for Jets fansalone.The Patriots were caught taping signals at the Jets' 2007 home opener in Giants Stadium, a game New England won 38-14.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finedBelichick 500,000 and the team 250,000 for that incident, andstripped New England of a first-round draft choice.A U.S. District Court judge and afederal appeals panel dismissed Mayer's class-action lawsuit. The 3rdU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Mayer failed toprove any legal right to damages.The Supreme Court, without comment, refused to reconsider that decision.The case is Mayer v. Belichick, 10-867.