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Old 10-30-2009, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Yankee Season Ticket Holder Files $5 Million Lawsuit vs Steiner Sports

Steiner Sports is facing a lawsuit from a New York Yankees season ticket holder from New Jersey, claiming the stadium seats he bought for $2,000 – the seats he sat in for 23 years – were not the original seats as promised. John Lefkus claims the seats had been repainted and the armrests were replaced. Lefkus filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against Steiner and the Yankees on behalf of all Yankees fans who purchased seats.

“I feel like the steroid stars. My seats come with an asterisk,” Lefkus said in a UPI article. “My boys grew up in these seats from boys to teenagers to men. We had them for 23 years.”

In a New York Post article, Brandon Steiner, founder of Steiner Sports, explained the re-painting of the seats as part of the process because of concerns over lead in the paint. All of the seatbacks and bottoms were tagged during the process, but the armrests were not. “It was impossible to tag all the armrests,” Steiner told the Post. “They all had to go into an oven and we didn’t have a system in place to keep track of them.” Steiner said he offered Lefkus a refund and then offered the seats for free.

The lawsuit reads, “Seats sold as authentic, unrefurbished, and original Yankee Stadium seats were simply new pairs of seats constructed with a combination of new hardware and repainted parts of old seats.”

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Looks like the $50 off coupon is the least of their worries.
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So, there was no worry about lead in the paint while people were sitting in them for the past 30 years, but now that they're being sold to collectors, it's suddenly an issue?
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I know someone on this forum who will probably complain and join the lawsuit even though they never bought any of the seats...
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I know someone on this forum who will probably complain and join the lawsuit even though they never bought any of the seats...
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So, there was no worry about lead in the paint while people were sitting in them for the past 30 years, but now that they're being sold to collectors, it's suddenly an issue?
Yeah, that is a really strange defense to take. Seems like Steiner is trying to shift the blame onto the Yankees. I didn't think it made good business sense to bite the hand that feeds you.
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