A federal judge ruled that the Los Angeles Rams must refund deposits to St. Louis fans who purchased season tickets and offer a season ticket option to fans in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.
U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. — the cousin of political commentator Rush Limbaugh — ruled on the three lawsuits, though the lawsuits were later reduced to a single case.
About 46,000 season tickets were issued to fans in St. Louis through FANS Inc., and Judge Limbaugh said that the contracts between the fans and FANS Inc. must be terminated due to the relocation of the franchise.
“The court cannot fully grant judgement on the pleadings because the issue of damages will be wholly tied to what constitutes a ‘deposit’ under the contract,” the decision said, the L.A. Times reported. “Damages will be determined at a later date.”
The issue at hand was the language within the FANS Inc. contracts. The contracts ran through 2025, and made no mention on the location of the franchise, and should therefore be honored. Judge Limbaugh called the language “inexplicable.”
The amount of monetary returns is not immediately clear.
Due to relocation, the Rams are unable to sell season tickets for their Inglewood, California, stadium until February 2017, unless a second team relocates to the stadium.