Pay-per-view distributor accuses restaurant owners of showing unauthorized programs

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 9, 2018

SAN DIEGO — A distributor of pay-per-view boxing events is suing La Mesa restaurant owners, alleging tortious conversion.

G&G Closed Circuit Events LLC filed a complaint March 2 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California San Diego Division against Ereida Patricia Flores and Mario Moncada, doing business as Cilantro Taco Shop, alleging violation of the The Cable and Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 16, 2017, the defendants made unlawful interception of the plaintiff's boxing program despite G&G having the exclusive nationwide commercial distribution rights to Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez, the IBF world middleweight championship fight. 

G&G alleges the unauthorized interception, reception, publication, exhibition, divulgence, display, and/or exhibition of the program was done willfully and for purposes of direct and/or indirect commercial advantage and/or private financial gain. 

The plaintiff alleges Cilantro Taco Shop made unlawful interception, has received, published, divulged, displayed, and/or exhibited the program at the time of its transmission at their commercial establishment in La Mesa, California, without authorization or consent.

The plaintiff seeks trial by jury damages between $10,000 an $110,000, attorney fees, costs of suit, declaratory relief, prohibitory and mandatory injunctive relief and all other relief the court deems just and proper. It is represented by attorney Thomas P. Riley of Law Offices of Thomas P. Riley, PC in South Pasadena.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California San Diego Division case number 3:18-cv-00461-W-KSC

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