Jonathan Phillips has spent a number of years defending bars, taverns, restaurants, and others that Joe Hand Promotions and Zuffa have accused of cable or satellite piracy. He can help you too. He assists individuals and businesses throughout the United States with these cases. If you have heard from Joe Hand’s or Zuffa’s lawyers, feel free to contact him to discuss how he can help you too. Currently, Jekielek & Janis LLP and Julie Lonstein at Signal law handle most of these cases at the pre-litigation stage.
Joe Hand Promotions and Zuffa undoubtedly have a desired product. Growth of mixed martial art sports and cross-over events (i.e. Mayweather v. McGregor) show no signs of slowing. But, beyond selling their fights, Joe Hand and Zuffa regularly sue bars and taverns that display fights without paying them. At times their demands are artificially high and may ignore valid defenses that the bar and its owners possess.
Cable Piracy, Satellite Piracy, and Copyright Infringement
Joe Hand and Zuffa accuse individuals and businesses of engaging in satellite and cable piracy. Signal piracy statutes were created to prevent satellite signal descrambling and cable signal descrambling. These plaintiffs also assert claims based on copyright law. While some individuals may engage in satellite and cable piracy, others might utilize the internet to display UFC matches. Whether use of the internet fits into satellite or cable piracy is an open question in many courts.
Joe Hand and Zuffa often sue the owners of taverns and bars. Undoubtedly, many of these owners believe they cannot be sued because of the “shield” provided by forming a company. Unfortunately, that shield may not apply to the suits brought by Zuffa and Joe Hand. Accordingly, it is important that business owners do not ignore these accusations.
Have you RECEIVED a Joe Hand/Zuffa letter or served with a summons & complaint?
First and foremost, do not call or speak to Joe Hand's or Zuffa’s attorneys. First, contact your own attorney. While Jonathan would appreciate the opportunity to assist you, its important that you speak to an attorney, even if its not him. Second, do not destroy any evidence. That is, do not get rid of TVs, laptops, or delete social media posts. Even if you did nothing wrong, or thought it was innocent to do so, a court might consider this "spoliation of evidence" and draw adverse conclusions from doing so. If you want, contact Jonathan for a free consultation.
Jonathan is familiar with recent court rulings, federal procedures, and other information pertinent to the Joe Hand and Zuffa cases. Jon has a tried and true method for triaging these cases during free initial consultations. And, many times, Joe Hand and Zuffa’s initial settlement demands are far beyond any reasonable request. For example, in Central District of Illinois case number 14-3054, Joe Hand only received a judgment of $3,278.50, despite the Defendant failing to appear to defend himself. Also, the so-called “internet defense” might be available to you. Jonathan can typically use this kind of information to either defend against the claims or attempt to reach a more favorable settlement for you.
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