November 29, 2006
Professor George Harris had more than a passing interest in the state appellate court decision on November 17 that threw the Oakland Raiders for a $34.2 million loss.
The Third District Court of Appeal overturned the team’s 2003 trial court award in that amount in a case in which Harris co-chaired a defense team that represented the city of Oakland, Alameda County and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum officials. The appellate court concluded that Raiders waived their right to later claim damages from fraudulent inducement by renegotiating their agreement. A Sacramento jury sided with the team three years ago, finding that stadium officials misled the team with exaggerated claims of pre-sold season tickets when the club decided to bring the franchise back from Los Angeles. Harris, who was in private practice at the time, raised the renegotiation issue throughout the trial that was held in Sacramento, but to no avail. He also worked on several briefs for the appeal. The Raiders announced on December 6 that they will not challenge the appellate court ruling.