J & J Sports Productions Sues Seven Indianapolis Restaurants For Copyright Infringement of WBO Welterweight Championship Fight.

Indianapolis; IN – Copyright attorneys for J & J Sports Productions, Inc. of Campbell, California filed seven separate copyright infringement suits in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that seven Indianapolis restaurants illegally broadcast a fight on November 14, 2009, specifically “Firepower: Manny Pacquiao v. Miguel Cotto, WBO Welterweight Championship Fight Program” a copyrighted work to which J&J Sports Productions owns exclusive national broadcast rights. The seven restaurants are Fandango’s Night Club, Taqueria Jalisco, El Sol Azteca, El Taco Torro, Rea Night Club, Moctezuma Restaurant and Pollos Los Reyes.

Picture.jpgThe complaints are nearly identical in each case. Copyright attorneys have made claims both against the restaurants and personal liability claims against the owners. Each group of defendants is accused one count of copyright infringement in violation of 47 U.S.C. § 605, one count of copyright infringement 47 U.S.C. § 553, and one count of conversion. Copyright attorneys for J&J are seeking statutory damages of $150,000 as well as costs and attorney fees.

In addition to these seven lawsuits, J&J filed eighty-seven other lawsuits in the district courts around the country alleging illegal broadcast of the copyrighted fight in question here between November 1 and November 14, 2011.

Practice Tip: All of these lawsuits were filed on the eve of the two year anniversary of the broadcast that the defendants are alleged to have illegally broadcast. When Congress passed the Cable Communication Act, a statute of limitations was not included. Some federal courts have determined that a two year statute of limitation is appropriate while other federal courts have used a three year statute of limitations.

The lawsuit against Luis Aguilar, d/b/a Fandango’s Night Club and Fandango’s, Inc. an unknown business entity d/b/a Fandango’s Night Club has been assigned to William T. Lawrence and Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01499.

The lawsuit against Samuel Barrera and Benito Brito d/b/a Taqueria Jalisco Mexican Restaurant; and Rest Mex, Inc., an unknown business entity d/b/a Taqueria Jalisco Mexican Restaurant has been assigned to Sarah Evans Barker and Mark J. Dinsmore in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01501.

The lawsuit against Ruben Gonzales and El Sol Azteca Restaurant has been assigned toJane Magnus-Stinson and Mark J. Dinsmore in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01492.

The lawsuit against Maria Turrubiartes d.ba El Taco Torro Mexican Restaurant and Carniceria Mi Mexico, Corp., an unknown business entity d/b/a El Tact Torro Mexican Restaurant has been assigned toWilliam T. Lawrence and Denise K. LaRue in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01496.

The lawsuit against Abelardo Rea a/k/a Abelardo R. Cornejo d/b/a Rea Night Club and Rea Mexican Cuisine, LLC, an unknown business entity d/b/a Rea Night Club has been assigned toJane Magnus-Stinson and Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01493.

The lawsuit against alleging Elvira Sanchez a/k/a Elvira Ponce d/b/a Moctezuma Restaurant and Moctezuma Mexican Restaurant, LLC, an unknown business entity d/b/a Moctezuma Restaurant has been assigned toWilliam T. Lawrence and Tim A. Baker in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01494.

The lawsuit against Luis Scheker a/k/a Louis A. Scheker and d/b/a Pollos Los Reyes has been assigned to Richard L. Young and Tim A. Baker in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:2011cv01490.Complaint

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