Tampa Bay Rays Strike Concession Company with Contract Suit

On December 8, 2017, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball club filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Florida against Centerplate Inc., formerly known as Volume Services Inc., for breach of contract involving their 20-year exclusive concession agreement at Tropicana Field. Volume Services entered the contract with the baseball club a year before the Tampa Bay Rays’ first game in 1998, but were unable to reach an agreement to extend the contract after the 2017 season. The baseball club alleged damages over the course of…
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Plaintiff Can’t Skate Past Intentional Fraud in ECHL Trademark Suit

On Monday, December 14, 2015, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron of the Middle District of Florida dismissed a trademark suit filed against the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, one of the premier mid-level professional hockey leagues in North America used primarily for developing future NHL stars, by David D’Amato for logo infringement.  In the court’s Order on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, D’Amato was hit with more than $215,000 in sanctions for Judge Byron’s finding that he intentionally submitted forged documents in an attempt…
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