Posted 9/9/2013 12:00 am
Updated 10 months ago
An unauthorized showing of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in 2009 will cost Brewsters 2 Cafe in Little Rock $50,000.
J&J Sports Productions Inc. of Auburn, Calif., had the pay-per-view rights to Mayweather’s prizefight against Juan Marquez. And to protect its interests, J&J Sports had auditors looking for signal pirates on the night of the fight.
The auditors found one at Brewsters, according to J&J’s lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.
J&J slapped a lawsuit against Brewsters in 2011 for showing the fight without paying for it. The price to show it legally would have been $4,200.
Brewsters tried to defend itself in court. But the judge said that corporations and other businesses can’t represent themselves.
Since Brewsters never bothered to get an attorney, J&J Sports received a default judgment against the restaurant that, according to its website, offers “a warm pleasant environment for your relaxation.”
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright issued the judgment against Brewsters for $50,000 plus $466 in court costs.
That judgment is about a quarter of the restaurant’s annual food sales (not including alcohol). Brewsters’ food revenue rose from $179,326 in 2011 to $197,390 in 2012, according to Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission data. Through the first six months of this year, food sales were $137,707.