ST. LOUIS — A sports event management company is suing a St. Louis restaurant owner, citing alleged unauthorized interception 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 James S. Harrell, individually and doing business as Plaza Cafe and Grill; and Plaza Cafe LLC and Plaza Cafe 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, it was the nationwide exclusive distributor of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Rene Maidana, WBC Welterweight Championship Fight program, which the defendant aired without permission. The plaintiff alleges the unlawful action resulted in monetary damages because it did not receive royalty payments.
The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because he allegedly unlawfully intercepted and broadcasted the plaintiff’s program to increase profits.
The plaintiff seeks statutory damages of $110,000 against each defendant, attorneys’ fees and costs for this action and such other just and proper relief. It is represented by Thomas P. Riley of The Law Office 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-01406