Mayweather v. Pacquiao Pay-Per-View Lawsuits

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Matthew Paré

The “Fight of the Century” took place on May 2, 2015, between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Manny Pacquiao.  It was a highly anticipated championship fight program.  This particular event was record breaking in terms of the audience and in particular the number of pay-per-view purchases to watch the program.  Any location, however, that is not a private residential dwelling unit had to pay the commercial licensing fee to lawfully watch the program.  Throughout the country there were numerous commercial establishments that are now being sued for allegedly unlawfully exhibiting this fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.  

Given the popularity of this particular pay-per-view fight event, the prices charged for the commercial licensing fee were very significant.  Even for a small establishment it would cost $3,500.00 to show the fight.  If something like $99.00 was paid, however, that is the residential price and that is the root of the problem in most TV signal piracy cases.  Unfortunately, the substantial price difference is not all the plaintiff can recover for because J & J Sports Productions, Inc. will also attempt to recover its attorney’s fees, costs, statutory damages, and enhanced statutory damages, in addition to the commercial licensing fee that should have been paid.  When you add up all those things that the plaintiff could recover for, the claim is much more significant that you might think at first.

Oftentimes J & J Sports Productions, Inc. will file the TV signal piracy lawsuits just before the statute of limitations expires.  In California, for example, the statute of limitations for these claims is one year and for that reason recently many lawsuits were filed in California alleging unlawful exhibitions of the “Fight of the Century” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Manny Pacquiao Championship Fight Program.  

If you have received a lawsuit and are being accused of an unlawful exhibition of this boxing match, attorney Matthew Pare is the most qualified attorney to have on your side.  He has defended literally hundreds of similar cases and will bring that experience to your case in getting the best possible result.  Contact attorney Matthew Pare at 619-869-4999 for a free consultation today.

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