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Attorneys for the Buffalo Bills attorneys late Wednesday filed motions seeking to have the team removed as a defendant in a suit by former members of the Buffalo Jills that claims the cheerleaders have been underpaid.

In a statement, the team said it recognizes the significant contribution the Jills have made to many local charitable organizations, but stressed that “for decades” the Jills trademark “has been licensed to independent third parties who have assumed the responsibility for the selection, management, training, scheduling and compensation of the cheerleaders.”

The team stressed that the public impression that Bills organization employs cheerleaders is inaccurate and misleading.

The State Supreme Court lawsuit against the Bills and Stejon Productions, the West Seneca concern that runs the Jills, was filed April 22.