A class-action lawsuit filed against the Timberwolves in 2016 over their implementation of a paperless ticketing system is nearing a settlement, according to an e-mail sent Monday from Brian Gudmundson, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, to at least one of the plaintiffs, Chris Hennen, which was obtained by the Star Tribune.
The suit alleged that the implementation of Flash Seats "fundamentally, and unlawfully, alters the way Timberwolves ticket holders may use and transfer tickets" and was put in place to "control the use, resale, and transfer of tickets by season-ticket holders — and to employ minimum resale prices, added fees, and other draconian restrictions."
The original plaintiffs argued that the organization put in the Flash Seats system after season-ticket holders already had purchased their 2015-16 tickets and that had the plaintiffs — both of whom spent more than $20,000 this season on Timberwolves season tickets — known about the change, it would have influenced their decisions.
''While the team denied any wrongdoing or liability, as we enter this New Era of Timberwolves basketball, both parties felt strongly that it was important to resolve a two-season old dispute and focus on the future,'' The Timberwolves said in a statement. Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves, also owns the Star Tribune.
Stewart leads Amateur
Alexandra Stewart moved to the top of the leaderboard after firing an even par 71 in the opening round of the Minnesota Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship at Northland Country Club in Duluth.
Brenda Williams had an ace at the 150-yard 17th hole.
Stewart lost to Olivia Herrick in the semifinals of the MGA Women's Amateur Match Play Championship in June at Bent Creek Golf Club, before winning the MGA Mixed Amateur Team Championship with partner Max Tyler, highlighted by a round of 12-under par 60 to begin the tournament.
•Randall Garber and John Barry of Lakeville, David Brown of Plymouth, William Wood of Atlanta and Jeff Teal of Excelsior advanced from a sectional qualifier at Wayzata CC to play in the U.S. Senior Amateur, which will be Aug. 26-27 at the Minikahda Club. Garber was medalist with a 2-under 70.