D.C. Attorney General Files Another Lawsuit Against Commanders For Alleged Ticket Scam

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The District of Columbia has once again taken legal action against the Washington Commanders. The Commanders are being accused of formulating a scheme to swindle season-ticket holders out of their money. The suit was filed in civil court by D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine.

In a statement released by the Attorney General regarding the Commanders’ ticket policy, Racine said that this “is yet another example of egregious mismanagement and illegal conduct by Commanders executives who seem determined to lie, cheat and steal from District residents in as many ways as possible.” The team allegedly has maintained possession of approximately $200,000 worth of security deposits for more than 30 days, according to the suit. The deposits reportedly were paid by fans who are season-ticket holders. Those season-ticket holders are considered D.C. consumers by law under the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

A spokesperson for the Commanders issued a statement denying the allegations, arguing that not only have they refused acceptance of security deposits but also that the team has been giving season-ticket holders their money back since 2014.

“In 2014, as part of a comprehensive review, team management was instructed to send notices to over 1,400 customers with deposits and return all security deposits requested. The team engaged an outside law firm and forensic auditors to conduct an extensive review of the team’s accounts, which found no evidence that the team intentionally withheld security deposits that should have been returned to customers or that the team improperly converted any unclaimed deposits to revenue.”

This is the second suit filed in the past week. The AG recently announced on November 10th that his office was filing a consumer protection civil lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, Dan Snyder, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the National Football League.

Racine is accusing the aforementioned parties of colluding together in order “to deceive District residents—the heart of the Commanders’ fanbase—about an investigation into toxic workplace culture.” Racine also accused Goodell and the NFL of lying about the steps being taken to address the allegations in order to continue profiting and to preserve the NFL’s image.

Associated Press has more HERE.