Raleigh Federal Court Rules for Business Owners in Cable Act Dispute: Plaintiff Had Sought Over $150,000.00 in Damages for Alleged Unauthorized Airing of UFC Event

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Raleigh civil litigation firm Maginnis Law, PLLC announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina had dismissed claims against the firm's clients, who were individual business owners of a restaurant. The business owners were able to successfully argue that Plaintiff Joe Hand Promotions had failed to show a right and ability to supervise any unauthorized airing of the pay-per-view event by its owners.

On October 18, 2012 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ordered that a civil lawsuit, Case No. 5:11-CV-618, asking for at least $150,000.00 in damages should be dismissed completely against two local restaurant owners represented by Raleigh civil litigation attorneys Maginnis Law, PLLC. Joe Hand Promotions, Inc., a distributor of closed circuit pay-per-view boxing, mixed-martial-arts and other special events, had alleged that the two owners were individually responsible for the unauthorized airing of an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event. In its motion for judgment on the pleadings, Maginnis Law, PLLC’s business litigation lawyers successfully asked the Court to rule that the Plaintiff had failed to provide a sufficient factual basis for its allegation that the individual company owners had a right and ability to supervise any alleged unlawful activity against the business owners.

“It has become common for civil plaintiffs to file complaints against the owners of a small business along with the company with whom the Plaintiff did business, even without a written personal guarantee,” said Maginnis Law attorney Ed Maginnis. “Avoiding individual liability is the primary incentive that the law gives an owner to incorporate a small business. While North Carolina law allows for the possibility of holding company owners liable, this fight is often the most important part of any business contract lawsuit. For our industry clients, our experience in pursuing and defending complex individual liability cases has become a key asset in litigating their cases.”

The Raleigh business litigation attorneys of Maginnis Law, PLLC have litigated complex civil contract disputes in North Carolina state and federal courts since 2009. The firm began with managing partner Ed Maginnis moved his practice from Washington, D.C. to the Research Triangle area to open his open law firm focusing on civil disputes in areas such as breach of contract, construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and representation of local businesses. The firm’s impressive growth has allowed its expansion of its practice areas to personal injury, unfair debt collection, and consumer protection law. Maginnis Law represents business owners throughout Wake County and the Research Triangle area, including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest and Holly Springs. Contact the firm at 919.526.0450 to schedule a free consultation with a North Carolina civil lawyer.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this press release and on the Maginnis Law website are for informational purposes only, are not for the purpose of providing legal advice, and do not create an attorney-client relationship. You should contact a locally licensed attorney to obtain advice with respect to any specific legal issue. Each case is different , and no specific result in any individual case can be guaranteed.

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