Closed circuit distributor accuses Chula Vista restaurant of unlawfully showing programs

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO — A distributor of boxing events is suing the owners of a Chula Vista restaurant, alleging unlawful interception of a program signal.

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 Esteban Garcia Pacheco and Alina Santamaria, individually and doing business as Birrieria el Primo, also known as El Primo Birriera, alleging violation of the 1992 Cable and Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act.

According to the complaint, on Sept, 16, 2017, G&G was granted exclusive nationwide commercial distribution rights to the Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez IBF world middleweight championship fight program that should only be shown within respective commercial establishments. 

G&G says El Primo Birriera unlawfully intercepted and broadcast the program to its establishment without consent and had the obligation to ensure that its liquor license was not used in violation of law. 

The plaintiff alleges El Primo Birriera illegally intercepted, received, publicized, , divulged, displayed, and/or exhibited the program at its commercial establishment and tortuously obtained possession of the program without regard whatsoever for the intellectual property rights of the owners.

G&G Closed Circuit Events seeks trial by jury, statutory damages between $10,000 and $60,000 for each violation, 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-00462-BTM-AGS

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