NEW YORK - A New York Jets season ticket-holder filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers."
The lawsuit filed in US District Court in Newark, N.J., by Carl Mayer of Princeton Township, N.J., stems from the Patriots being caught illegally videotaping signals from Jets coaches in New England's 38-14 season-opening win Sept. 9.
"They violated the integrity of the game," Mayer's attorney, Bruce Afran, told the Associated Press.
Mayer, an attorney, is seeking $184.8 million in damages for Jets ticket-holders.
"They were deceiving customers," said the 48-year-old Mayer. "You can't deceive customers."
The lawsuit maintained that because other teams found illegal videotaping by the defendants, Jets ticket-holders should be compensated for all games played in Giants Stadium between the Jets and Patriots since Belichick became coach in 2000.
Patriots spokesman Stacey James declined to comment.