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NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the NFL can hold off, for now, on providing documents and answering questions in a New Orleans Saints fan’s lawsuit over referees’ failure to call crucial penalties in a January playoff game won by the Los Angeles Rams.
Attorney Anthony LeMon said the state’s highest court issued the stay order Wednesday while it considers the league’s appeal of a lower court judge’s ruling allowing the suit against the league to continue. That judge said commissioner Roger Goodell and game officials must answer questions under oath in New Orleans in September.
LeMon said the stay will likely mean that the depositions of Goodell and the officials will be put off until October or later — if the suit is allowed to proceed.