A California sports production company has filed lawsuits against at least five Kentucky restaurants or bars, alleging they showed the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz welterweight fight in 2011 without authorization.
The lawsuits were filed Thursday and Friday by J&J Sports Productions Inc. of Campbell, Calif., against the owners of Clamatos restaurant in Lexington, El Cancun Mexican restaurant in Mount Sterling and The Manhattan Club in Richmond.
Similar lawsuits also were filed against restaurants in Elizabethtown and Radcliff.
At issue in each lawsuit was the championship fight that was telecast nationwide on Sept. 17, 2011. The television broadcast included all undercard bouts and fight commentary, according to the lawsuits.
J&J said in the lawsuits that it had entered into agreements with various businesses across the nation to show the program but not with the businesses named in lawsuits.
To get authorization to show the fight, businesses were required to pay varying fees, but the minimum typically was $1,500, said Joseph Gagliardi, president of J&J.
Gagliardi told the Herald-Leader that his company hires investigators to document cases in which businesses show programs without authorization. He said his company has filed hundreds of lawsuits across the country.
In each of the recent lawsuits in Kentucky, J&J is asking for $150,000 or more in damages.
Miguel Garcia, who was named in the lawsuit regarding Clamatos, said in a telephone interview that his attorney had talked to J&J officials. Garcia said he showed a videotape of the fight after it occurred.
Owners named in the lawsuits against The Manhattan Club and El Cancun could not be reached for comment.
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