Lista’s HD Barber Shop sued over allegedly pirating fight broadcast

By The Penn Record | Nov 16, 2015

A Northern California sports production company is suing a Berks County-based barber for alleging pirating the broadcast of a championship boxing match.

J&J Sports Productions Inc. of Campbell, Calif. filed a lawsuit Aug. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Reading Division against Ramon O. Lista for, according to the claim, unlawfully intercepting from them the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul Alvarez, WBC Middleweight Championship Fight Program on Sept. 14, 2013.

The "interception, reception, publication, divulgence, display, exhibition and tortuous conversion," according to the lawsuit, took place at Lista’s HD Barber Shop, at 1264 N. 10th St. in Reading. J&J Sports Productions Inc. had entered into sublicensing agreements with various commercial entities throughout North America, according to the claim, including entities in the state of Pennsylvania, for specific rights to air the fight. The defendant did not have permission to broadcast the fight.

J&J Sports Productions is seeking statutory damages totaling more $170,000, as well as reasonable attorney’s fees. J&J Sports Productions is being represented by South Pasadena, California-based attorney Thomas P. Riley.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Reading Division case number 5:15-CV-04762

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