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Promotions company says Philly pub didn't pay rights fee to show UFC pay-per-view event

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 3, 2018

Ultimate Fighting Championship

PHILADELPHIA – A promotional firm is taking a Philadelphia pub and its owners to court, claiming they defaulted on paying the costs associated with exhibiting an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view broadcast.

Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. of Feasterville filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on March 28 versus Thomas Thornton, Randy Franklin and J.D. McGillicuddy’s Catering Company, Inc., all of Philadelphia.

The suit states that the parties entered into an agreement for J.D. McGillicuddy’s, an Irish pub in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, to exhibit the “UFC 205: Alvarez VS. McGregor” event on Nov. 12, 2016.

In exchange for televising the event to the pub through a closed-circuit broadcast, J.D. McGillicuddy’s was to pay the plaintiff the principal sum of $12,500, with $1,500 to be received on or before Feb. 15, 2017, and $1,000 due on the 15th of each subsequent month starting March 15, 2017, until paid in full.”

As of the date of the complaint and despite repeated demand in the ensuing months, the plaintiff says the defendants have paid it only $1,000, and thus have defaulted on the remaining costs of $11,500.

“Notwithstanding the due demand for payment, defendants wrongfully refused and/or failed to pay the outstanding amounts. Such wrongful refusal and/or failure to pay the outstanding amounts constitutes a material breach and wrongful repudiation of the settlement agreement. Plaintiff duly performed all of its obligations under the above described agreement, the settlement agreement. Due to defendants’ material breach and wrongful repudiation of the settlement agreement, plaintiff is owed and has sustained damages in the approximate amount of $11,500, plus interest, costs, and attorney’s fees,” the suit says.

For a count of breach of contract, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, of $11,500, plus reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of suit, and such other and further relief to which they may be justly entitled.

The plaintiff is represented by Ryan R. Janis of Jekielek & Janis, in Feasterville.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180303397

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