Washington AG sues the Commanders, Dan Snyder and NFL

WASHINGTON — The attorney general for the District of Columbia says his office is filing a civil consumer protection lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Attorney General Karl Racine announced the civil complaint at a news conference Thursday, saying Snyder, Goodell, the team and league colluded to deceive DC residents about an investigation into the organization’s workplace culture.

“For years, the team and its owner have caused very real and very serious harm and then lied about it to dodge accountability,” Racine said, adding Goodell and the NFL misled the public. “They did all of this to hide the truth, protect their images and let the profits continue to roll.”

Racine said the team and league violated consumers’ rights based on what they knew about the organization’s workplace misconduct, alleging Snyder lied about his knowledge of the situation.

Four posters flanked Racine during his announcement, outlining some of the history of the team’s rebranding efforts that included references to DC and its flag and the history of the NFL’s investigation into the organization’s workplace culture.

“Dan Snyder assured fans that he would fully cooperate with the investigation and the results could be trusted,” one of the posters read. “That was a lie: He repeatedly attempted to interfere, and the fans could not trust the results that were never made public. Because Snyder had a veto.”

The findings of Beth Wilkinson’s investigation were not released in July 2021 when the league found the team $10 million for causing a toxic workplace culture. The final poster read: “Fans’ outrage intensified when it became clear that Snyder lied to them: There would be no transparency and no reckoning. That impacted consumer spending decisions.”

Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40

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NFL-Attorney General sues Commanders owner Snyder, NFL for deceiving fans

(Reuters) -Washington, DC Attorney General Karl Racine has filed a civil lawsuit against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder, the team, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell for colluding to deceive people about an investigation into the team’s toxic workplace culture in a bid to protect its profits.

The NFL fined the Commanders $10 million last year after an independent investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson found numerous female employees reported having experienced sexual harassment, but the full report was never released.

“The Commanders and Dan Snyder lied to DC residents about what they knew about a toxic culture of sexual harassment and then they entered into a secret agreement with the NFL and Commissioner Goodell that kept the truth from DC residents – all in an effort to protect them profits,” Racine said on Thursday.

“In DC, you can’t lie to consumers to enrich yourself and get away with it. That’s what this lawsuit is about: standing up for DC residents who were deceived and misled. No one – not even Mr. Snyder – is above the law.”

Attorneys for the team told ESPN that Snyder had acknowledged that an unacceptable workplace culture had existed within the organization for several years and had apologized many times for allowing that to happen.

“Although the lawsuit repeats a lot of innuendo, half-truths and lies, we welcome this opportunity to defend the organization,” the attorneys said.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had made public a summary of Wilkinson’s findings and rejected the “legally unsound and factually baseless allegations made today by the DC Attorney.”


Racine said he planned to subpoena Snyder, Goodell and others for sworn testimony and said defendants could face millions of dollars in penalties.

He is also seeking a court order to force the NFL to

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