After a nearly year long court battle, that public spat in court over the Wells Fargo rooftop signs near U.S. Bank Stadium is finally over.
There’s a whole lot of legalese background that you can read about here if you want, but the long and short of it is: The Vikings sued Wells Fargo, saying the signs on top of a building’s roof violated a contract (they were supposed to be flat, not elevated) and photobombed the new stadium. That led to a whole bunch of hearings and court filings.
This week, the two sides reached an agreement on a settlement.
What is the settlement? Well it’s actually confidential, Judge Donovan Frank’s order notes, so we don’t have much for specifics.
But when he sided with the Vikings in June, he ordered Wells Fargo to dismantle the rooftop signs within 30 days, and said they had to pay back the Vikings’ attorney fees.
He also mentioned that, even though the sides had failed to come to an agreement before, that was still an option, writing: “… the Court reminds the parties that … the parties have the power to reach their own compromise solution that would be fair to both parties and fair to the public.”
And funnily enough, there was a little footnote that read:
Wells Fargo and the Vikings apparently took at least some of that advice, with the Star Tribune reporting this week’s settlement means the signs can stay up, though with some stipulations.
Those aerial shots during NFL games were of course a consideration. Here’s how U.S. Bank Stadium looked at night Sunday during the home-opener against Green Bay (which the Vikings won, in case you didn’t hear).