Law professor says lawsuit against NFL regarding pass interference non-call is unlikely to be successful

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 11, 2019

New Orleans attorney Frank D'Amico Jr. recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Orleans Saints season-ticket holders claiming that the National Football League should have called a pass interference penalty in the final minutes of the NFC Championship game in which the Los Angeles Rams beat the Saints 26-23.

D'Amico filed the lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on behalf of season ticket holders who are eager to pursue legal action against the NFL and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

William Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, told the Louisiana Record he believes the lawsuit is incredibly wishful in nature and will be unlikely to stand up in a court of law. 

"Mr. D'Amico is known as a very innovative and creative lawyer," Quigley said. "This case is a Hail Mary pass with 3 seconds left on the clock and will need all the innovation and creativity possible to have a chance."


William Quigley   Photo courtesy of Loyola University New Orleans

The lawsuit is calling for a reversal of the results and a replay of the last two minutes of the game.

In an interview on Fox News, D'Amico said the lawsuit is not one that is seeking money damages, rather it is seeking to enforce Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1, which would force the NFL to "follow its own rules and bylaws."

According to D'Amico, the season ticket holders want to bring Goodell into court to explain why he is not following and enforcing the rules of the game. 

When asked what he wanted to be done in regards to reversing the score of the game, D'Amico said that there were many courses of action which could be taken to come to a satisfying conclusion for fans. 

"The commissioner in this situation is Cesar, he can reverse the scores in the game, he can declare New Orleans the winner, he could replay the game in its entirety or he could go back in time to the spot of the foul that changed the outcome of the game," D'Amico said.

It is uncertain as to what the course of action will be regarding this lawsuit.

The Rams went on to the Super Bowl where they lost to the New England Patriots 13-3.

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