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Things Getting Ugly; Niner File Lawsuit against Santa Clara County

The 49ers filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara County over the $30 million the team says was promised for their new stadium. Below is the statement released by the team:

The San Francisco 49ers filed a lawsuit yesterday to prevent a Santa Clara County Oversight Board from reneging on the commitment to fund $30 million for the new NFL stadium under construction in Santa Clara. The investment of RDA funds for the project was approved by the Santa Clara voters in June 2010, and formalized in written agreements in February 2011. The 49ers advanced funds into the Stadium project in reliance on the RDA’s commitment to the project. After the County declined to discuss a resolution to this issue, the 49ers have begun the process to have the matter decided in court.

The first step in the litigation was a request for a temporary restraining order, filed yesterday by the 49ers, to prevent the County from disbursing disputed funds for any other purpose until the court can more fully review last week’s surprise action by the Oversight Board, in which it voted to reject the stadium funding commitment.

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