Judge upholds jury verdict in false-promises case

Updated: November 19, 2003, 2:26 AM ET
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- A judge on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum owes the Oakland Raiders $34 million for falsely promising a packed stadium as it successfully tried to lure the team back from Los Angeles.

Lawyers representing the stadium, as well as the city of Oakland and Alameda County, had asked Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard K. Park to overturn the Aug. 26 jury decision. But after several hours of oral arguments, Park ruled from the bench that the jury verdict should stand.

Both sides have said they might appeal -- the NFL franchise because it sought $570 million to $833 million; the stadium because it didn't think it should pay anything.

"We're very pleased with the court's ruling," Raiders attorney Ken Hausman said Tuesday night.

He said he was not surprised by the decision because "the arguments are in large part the same arguments that the city and county have rehashed from the beginning."

He added that the Raiders had not decided whether to appeal.

A spokeswoman for defense lawyer James Brosnahan said he could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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