Noddy A. Fernandez May 1, 2017, 12:24pm


ST. LOUIS — A sports event management company is suing a St. Louis restaurant, citing alleged divulgence and tortious conversion.

J & J Sports Productions Inc. filed a complaint on April 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division against Lawrence Smith, individually and doing business as Cookie's Bar and Grill, alleging that the defendant violated the Communications Act of 1934 and the Cable and Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 3, 2014, Smith specifically directed or permitted the employees of Cookie's Bar and Grill to broadcast the plaintiff's program featuring the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Rene Maidana fight. The program, which is exclusively distributed only to the plaintiff, was aired in the defendant's premises without its legal consent that resulted to increased profits for the restaurant. 

The plaintiff holds Smith and Cookie's Bar and Grill responsible because the defendant allegedly intercepted, received, published, divulged, displayed and/or exhibited the program at the time of its broadcast without authorization or consent.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks payment for statutory damages amounting to $110,000 for the first count and $60,000 for the second count, recovery of full costs, attorneys' fees and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. They are represented by Thomas P. Riley of Law Offices of Thomas P. Riley PC in South Pasadena, California.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division Case number 4:17-cv-01409

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