Sports management company the Arizona Coyotes has hired a firm to defend itself in a class action lawsuit filed last week in federal court.
The lawsuit seeks $1.5 billion in damages from the Coyotes and their parent company, the Coyotes Foundation.
The lawsuit also seeks to have the team barred from future events.
The Coyotes Foundation filed the lawsuit last week, saying the team has violated its charitable foundation’s agreement with the NFL and NCAA, as well as other sports organizations by allowing players and coaches to compete in a business venture that violates its code of ethics.
The team has long been a target of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which has said it has not received a single complaint about the team from the attorney general’s office, which is investigating a number of alleged crimes involving the team.
Last week, the attorney General’s office issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.