Astros Sued on Behalf of Season-Ticket Holders in Wake of Sign-Stealing Scandal

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Houston fans celebrate after the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series during a Houston Astros World Series watch party at Minute Maid Park on Nov. 1, 2017, in Houston. (Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston fans celebrate after the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series during a Houston Astros World Series watch party at Minute Maid Park on Nov. 1, 2017, in Houston. (Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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The Houston Astros were fined $5 million by Major League Baseball for their technology-enhanced sign-stealing scheme. Now one fan would like the Astros to compensate all of their season-ticket holders as well.

Adam Wallach, one of those season-ticket holders, has sued the Astros for what he alleges are violations of the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.

The lawsuit alleges the Astros cheated not only the sport but in particular their fans by “deceptively overcharging them for season tickets while . . . knowingly and surreptitiously engaged in a sign stealing scheme in violation of Major League Baseball rules.” In so doing, the suit alleges, the Astros “secretly put a deficient product on the field.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, asks that the team be ordered to compensate all Astros season-ticket holders for what the suit calls “inappropriate increases” in ticket prices from 2017-20. The suit also asks that the team be forbidden from raising season-ticket prices for at least two years.

Read the full story on LATimes.com

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