CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and a holdout rooftop business
settled a federal lawsuit Thursday after the team had reiterated
its plans to block the business' view of Wrigley Field starting
with Monday's home opener.
Chris Gair, attorney for Skybox on Waveland, said Thursday night
he could not disclose details of the settlement.
"There's going to be baseball on Monday," he said.
Twelve of the 13 rooftop businesses that overlook the baseball
stadium had already agreed to share revenues with the team after
fighting with the Cubs for years. Skybox on Waveland was the last
remaining defendant in the lawsuit.
The dispute between the rooftops and the Cubs started when the
team began arguing with the rooftop owners over plans to expand the
stadium. The rooftop owners feared their views of Wrigley would be
In December 2002, the Cubs sued the rooftop owners, accusing
them of stealing the team's product, copyright infringement and
unjust enrichment at the Cubs' expense.
The team also temporarily hung dark screens on the outfield
fences to try to prevent free peeks at the field.
The majority of rooftop owners agreed to pay about 17 percent of
their revenues to the team in the deal struck earlier this year.
A telephone message left for a Cubs spokeswoman was not
immediately returned Thursday night.
On Wednesday, team attorneys said in court papers that they were
ready to block Skybox on Waveland's view.