Skybox on Waveland was last defendant

Updated: April 9, 2004, 7:19 PM ET
Associated Press

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 blocked.

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.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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