Attorney: Suit may derail plans

LOS ANGELES -- An attorney from the Natural Resources Defense Council warned a Los Angeles City Council committee that a recent lawsuit filed by anti-poverty and environmental activists could derail plans for a downtown NFL stadium.

David Pettit of the NRDC, which is not involved in the lawsuit and supports the stadium, said Thursday that legal action from the Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition could "take down the entire project" and encouraged mediation with stadium developer Anschutz Entertainment Group. The group also is saying AEG should pay $60 million toward affordable downtown housing.

The group is suing over a state law passed to fast-track legal challenges to Farmers Field.

AEG and LA want a plan finalized by March, when they hope they can convince an NFL owner to move a team to the city.