By Lewis Gould
A lawsuit filed by District of Columbia attorney general Karl Racine’s office alleges the Commanders “improperly withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in security deposits from hundreds of District consumers.”
The suit seeks to end that practice and repay the ticket holders.
The suit, filed against Pro Football Inc., which owns the Commanders, alleges the team implemented “an illegal scheme to cheat District ticket holders out of their deposits for season tickets and use the money for its own purposes.”
It follows another civil suit filed by Racine’s office last Thursday against team owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and league commissioner Roger Goodell for “colluding to deceive residents of the District of Columbia about their investigation into a toxic workplace culture that impacted employees, especially women.”
In April, Jason Friedman, a former vice president of sales and customer service who worked for the franchise for 24 years, provided the House Committee on Oversight and Reform with “information and documents indicating that the Commanders routinely withheld security deposits that should have been returned to customers who had purchased multiyear season tickets for specific seats, referred to as seat leases,” according to a letter the committee sent to the FTC
The letter said that as of July 2016 “the team had unreturned security deposits for ‘around 2,000 accounts’ belonging to customers and fans totaling ‘approximately $5 million.’”