January 15, 2016
Have you been sued for showing a UFC or boxing match?
If you or your company has received a letter from an attorney representing Joe Hand Promotions or J&J Sports Promotions (such as the Law Offices of Thomas P. Riley, P.C. or Thomas P. Riley (SBN 194706)) threatening to file a lawsuit, DO NOT IGNORE THE LETTER. Instead, consider calling the lawyers at Gardner & Smith in Fort Worth, Texas to help. Joe Hand’s and J&J Sports Promotions’ lawyers have a tremendous amount of experience representing their clients’ interests, and it is likely not in your best interest to try and negotiate with them on your own. If you do not respond to the letter that you received, you may think the problem has gone away but it likely will only get worse.
Typically, Joe Hand Promotions and J&J Sports Promotions try to resolve their claims ahead of filing a lawsuit. But if bar and restaurant owners do not respond to the initial letter, these companies will usually file a lawsuit within the next year or so against the establishment and its owners in federal court. If you have received a letter from Joe Hand Promotions or J&J Sports Productions claiming that you illegally displayed a UFC or boxing match, you will likely be served in the coming months with a summons and a complaint wherein the company asks that you be ordered to pay the following amounts of money:
- $10,000 pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 553(c)(3)(A)(ii);
- $50,000 pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 553(c)(3)(B);
- $10,000 pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 605(e)(3)(C)(i)(II);
- $100,000 pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 605(e)(3)(C)(ii);
- Joe Hand Promotions and J&J Sports Promotions’ attorney’s fees; and
- Pre and post-judgment interest
In sum, these lawsuits typically ask that the court order the restaurant and bar owners to pay $170,000 plus the other party’s attorney’s fees.
If you do not formally respond to the lawsuit or hire a lawyer to handle the matter for you, a federal judge will almost certainly enter a default judgment against you and award Joe Hand Promotions or J&J Sports Promotions monetary damages against you.
It’s like a football game…if you don’t show up, you lose by default.
Many of our clients have no memory of showing the UFC or boxing match in their restaurant or bar, and some others know for certain that they did not display it. Our law firm has an excellent record of helping our clients resolve their case on their preferred terms.
If you have received a letter from Joe Hand Promotions, J&J Sports Productions, or the Law Offices of Thomas P. Riley, P.C., or if you have been served with a lawsuit or complaint signed by David Diaz, The Korn Diaz Firm, Jekielek & Janis, Jamie King, or another attorney representing Joe Hand Promotions or J&J Sports Productions, call us. The Fort Worth, Texas lawyers at Gardner & Smith are experienced in handling these cases, and we’re here to help.