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Judge throws out one Super Bowl ticket lawsuit

Anastasia Danias

Anastasia Danias, NFL vice president for legal affairs, holds up counterfeit Super Bowl tickets from past years during a news conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


A lawsuit filed in federal court in Pittsburgh by fans who said the NFL defrauded them by selling them tickets for Super Bowl seats that didn’t exist has been thrown out.

The lawsuit was one of several suits brought by fans who bought tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl but found out when they got to the game that temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium hadn’t been completed.

U.S. District Judge David Cercone dismissed the fraud claim, saying the fans who brought the suit couldn’t prove that the NFL and the Cowboys intentionally defrauded them.

A trial in a case brought by hundreds of other ticket holders is scheduled to take place in Dallas in October.