The Associated Press reports that the Oakland Raiders lost their case in California’s top court Monday after contending in a lawsuit that the NFL sabotaged the team’s effort to build a stadium at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. This case dates back more than 20 years when Raiders managing partner Al Davis accused the league of intentionally not doing enough to help the team move from the antiquated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to a new stadium complete with revenue-generating luxury suites.
The NFL won a 9-3 verdict in 2001, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Hubbell ordered a new trial amid accusations that one juror was biased against the team and Davis, and that another juror committed misconduct. A state appeals court later overturned that decision, and the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the verdict against the Raiders stands. The Supreme Court also declined to order a new trial based on accusations that a second juror, who was a lawyer, gave other jurors information about the law that the judge did not provide.