Seattle Supersonics Season Ticket Litigation

 

The Plaintiffs were season ticket holders of the Seattle Supersonics of the National Basketball Association who had renewed their tickets for the 2007-2008 season based on false or misleading information. In their class action complaint, Plaintiffs alleged that the marketing materials provided by the new Oklahoma-based owners, The Professional Basketball Club L.L.C., (“PBC”), expressed the false intent to keep the Supersonics in Seattle and promised that season-ticket holders who renewed would not be subject to any price increase for their season tickets for three years. The Plaintiffs claimed the PBC intended to break the lease at Key Arena and move the team to Oklahoma City at the time it was selling season tickets for games in Seattle and agreeing not to increase the price of season tickets for three years.

The presiding judge in this action, the Honorable Richard A. Jones, certified a class of season ticket purchasers based on the breach of contract claim in July 2009. About two months before trial was to begin, the parties reached a settlement for $1.6 million. In May 2010, the Court granted final approval of the class action settlement in this matter and the settlement funds were distributed to members of the class.

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