St. Louis’ lawsuit vs. Rams and the NFL moves forward
This could get interesting. The city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the area’s regional sports authority launched an attack against the NFL and all of the league’s 32 teams and their owners in April of this year. The lawsuit, obviously, met with much resistance, but a St. Louis judge has now ruled that the suit can move forward. In doing so, he also rejected virtually all of the pretrial motions that the defendants had introduced to try and stop the suit.
The plaintiffs are suing over the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles. They claim that the league violated NFL guidelines governing relocation and that it had gotten rich at the expense of St. Louis. While details on the amount of compensation sought are not available, the suit asks for "extensive damage and restitution."
One motion requested that the suit be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Judge Christopher McGraugh, who led the hearing, pulled out his big red rubber stamp and slapped "rejected" on it. The defendants also tried to have the case move to arbitration and this, too, received Judge McGraugh’s rejected stamp. The judge did, however, give the NFL and the other defendants a slight amount of breathing room. He dismissed a fraud claim that was included in the lawsuit.
Money: Nevada casinos lack proper emergency response plans
A review of casinos reveals gaping holes in how they would respond to emergencies
Tags: Casino, emergency, plan, Mandalay Bay, Division of Emergency Management, October massacre
Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 in 2001, Nevada passed legislation requiring the creation of emergency plans by area businesses. While most laws look good on paper, they aren’t very effective if they’re not implemented. A recent investigation by an area newspaper discovered that many casinos in Nevada have either never filed a plan, or have not updated their plans as required.
The 155 casinos in Nevada were supposed to file emergency plans or updates a decade ago. Almost half of these have not complied. The majority of the resorts on the Strip haven’t updated their plans since 2012. One culprit is the Mandalay Bay, which was ground zero for the deadly shooting spree that took place on Oct. 1 of this year, killing 58 people. The last update for the Mandalay Bay was submitted in 2012, and no information was available regarding whether or not the plan was followed after the October massacre.
Nevada’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) claims that they don’t have the resources to enforce the law, and that the law has no provisions to obligate casinos to act. Without legal recourse, DEM representatives stated that their hands are basically tied. It wouldn’t be much of an assumption to say that the casino operators and managers were aware of the fact that the law was lacking in substance. Hopefully, the October attack served as an unnecessary wake-up call for Nevada business leaders to bring their plans up to date.