Super Bowl Host Committee, Security Firm Reach Settlement in Lawsuit

Fans brave cold temperatures as they make their way to U.S. Bank Stadium for the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. Photo: AP/Eric Gay
Fans brave cold temperatures as they make their way to U.S. Bank Stadium for the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.

August 02, 2018 03:04 PM

A lawsuit filed against the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee alleging breach of contract and interference with contracts was settled early last month, according to court records.

The lawsuit was filed by EPG Security Group, a firm hired to provide security during Super Bowl LII events. The firm was fired for employing at least one convicted felon, according to multiple sources.

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According to a joint news release from EPG and the Super Bowl Host Committee, the settlement does not involve the admission of wrongdoing by either party. 

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"Both EPG and the Host Committee are pleased that the time and expense of protracted litigation were avoided by the parties' commitment to working together to find a prompt business resolution. Further, we want to make clear that any statements by uninvolved third parties in previous media releases alleging failure in the security credentialing process were never claims asserted by the Committee against EPG. Super Bowl LII was an excellent event, and we are particularly pleased that the safety and security for all attending was paramount throughout," the statement said. 

The lawsuit was originally filed in April. It alleged that after EPG's termination, the company was not "paid all sums due." 

The lawsuit also alleged that EPG was terminated by other third parties that hired them for Super Bowl security. 

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According to records from the state's Private Detective and Protective Agent Service Board, EPG failed to run background checks in a timely manner on 86 out of its 101 employees in 2015

The board licenses private security firms.  Board records also show "some employees were not background checked for a couple of years."

 

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