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Judge upholds jury verdict in false-promises case

11/19/2003 - Oakland Raiders

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.