The Latest: Lawyer says ‘no-call’ lawsuit is unique

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Latest on a lawsuit seeking damages over officials failure to call a crucial penalty during a January NFL playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

An attorney suing the NFL over the failure to call a crucial penalty in a January playoff game disputes claims that allowing the lawsuit to proceed would lead to a burdensome flood of further such suits over game outcomes.

Anthony LeMon filed his response Thursday to the league’s attempt to block the lawsuit at Louisiana’s Supreme Court. It notes that no other such suits are pending in state court in New Orleans, where his suit was filed. And it says the circumstances in the playoff game are unique.

At issue is officials’ failure to flag a Los Angeles Rams player for an illegal hit on a New Orleans Saints receiver at a key point in the playoff game. The Rams won the game and advanced to the Super Bowl.

9 a.m.

Lawyers for the New Orleans Saints have joined NFL lawyers in opposing a fan’s lawsuit over the failure to call a crucial penalty during a playoff game.

The failure to call a roughness or pass interference call on a Los Angeles Rams cornerback helped the Rams defeat the Saints in the NFC title game and move on to the Super Bowl.

In a Wednesday night filing with Louisiana’s Supreme Court, the Saints say allowing the lawsuit to proceed would “open the door to countless legal claims” that would overburden courts, the league and the teams.

The NFL late Wednesday asked the high court to halt proceedings in the lawsuit. A lower court judge has allowed the suit to proceed and ordered that Commissioner Roger Goodell submit to questions in September.

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