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Goldwater files lawsuit in Coyotes deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute has
filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Glendale City Council’s vote to
approve a lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena with a potential buyer of the
Phoenix Coyotes.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court on behalf of
Glendale taxpayers, claiming last week’s vote violated a 2009 court order
requiring Glendale to provide all documents in negotiations between the city and
a prospective owner to Goldwater in a timely manner.

The council voted 4-2 on Friday to approve the 20-year, $325 million lease
agreement with former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, who is leading a group
that hopes to buy the Coyotes from the NHL.