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City of Oakland v. Oakland Raiders (Raiders II)

California Court of Appeals, First District
220 Ca.Rptr. 153 (1985)


The City of Oakland (City) (plaintiff) brought suit against the Oakland Raiders (defendant) seeking an injunction to condemn the team under California’s broad eminent domain statute, and authority to resell the team to a local owner, in order to prevent the Raiders from relocating to Los Angeles. The trial court dismissed the City’s suit and the matter eventually reached the California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court in City of Oakland v. Oakland Raiders (Raiders I), 646 P.2d 835 (Ca.1982), held that a municipality such as the City of Oakland possessed the authority to exercise its eminent domain powers to condemn, acquire, and sell the Raiders franchise. On remand, the Raiders asserted a different constitutional argument, namely that the federal government’s commerce power prohibited the City’s condemnation of the team. The trial court held for the Raiders and the City appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Sabraw, J.)

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