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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Ind. Decisions - "Appeals court upholds dismissal of U.S. Grand Prix lawsuit"

Here is an AP story on the 7th Circuits ruling yesterday upholding Judge Sarah Evans Barker's "dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against Formula One, French tiremaker Michelin and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by fans upset with the boycott of the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix by seven race teams." From the story:

Angry fans sued after concerns about tire safety prompted 14 of 20 drivers to pull off the track just as the race was about to start. The fans argued that the defendants were obligated not only to put on a race, but to put out their best efforts to make it exciting.

But Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook dismissed such claims in the 14-page ruling. The reduced race was allowable under F1 rules, he wrote, "and once it is established that the plaintiffs received a regulation race, they admit that they had no additional right to a race that was exciting or drivers that competed well."

The discord led to months of uncertainty over the race's future at Indianapolis. The 2007 U.S. Grand Prix is scheduled for June 17 at the speedway.

The Associated Press left a phone message Friday seeking comment from Indianapolis attorney Henry J. Price, who represented the plaintiffs.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 26, 2007 10:16 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions