Minimum Statutory Damages Awarded After UFC 155 Piracy

Update January 31, 2015 – this week the Court dismissed a Plaintiff motion to alter the below judgement.  The Plaintiff argued that there was a convention that ‘five figure judgements’ were appropriate in piracy cases.  The Court disagreed noting that absent evidence of ‘anything extraordinary’ the more modest judgement was appropriate.  The reasons can be … More Minimum Statutory Damages Awarded After UFC 155 Piracy

Wanderlei Silva Challenges NSAC’s Jurisdiction to Discipline Him For Ducking Drug Test

Earlier this year I addressed why the Nevada State Athletic Commission is on thin ice to discipline Wanderlei Silva for ducking an out of competition drug test.  In short it comes down to the fact that he presently is not licensed nor applying for a licence with the Commission. Today, it was revealed that Silva … More Wanderlei Silva Challenges NSAC’s Jurisdiction to Discipline Him For Ducking Drug Test

$1,750 Pay Per View Piracy Judgement Survives Motion to Alter

Reasons for judgement were released this week by the United States District Court, S.C. California, upholding a modest damage assessment in a case of piracy of a PPV product.   In this week’s case (Joe Hand Promotions v. Khan) the Defendant operated a commercial establishment and was sued for airing a PPV program without paying … More $1,750 Pay Per View Piracy Judgement Survives Motion to Alter

The Latest UFC PPV Piracy Prosecutions Result in Modest Damages

Update November 10, 2014 – the second decision discussed below, Joe Hand Promotions v. Lorenzana, survived a motion to alter the judgement amount. Joe Hand argued that the damages were too low and would not serve the goals of deterrence.  Judge Davila disagreed and found a penalty twice the amount of the PPV licence was … More The Latest UFC PPV Piracy Prosecutions Result in Modest Damages

Former UFC Fighter Jason Day Awarded $340K Following Career Ending Collision

Last week a British Columbia jury awarded former UFC fighter Jason Day approximately $340,000 following what turned out to be a career ending motor vehicle collision. Day was struck on his bicycle by an SUV and sustained chronic soft tissue injuries to his knees and ankles.  While the injuries did not prevent him from pursuing … More Former UFC Fighter Jason Day Awarded $340K Following Career Ending Collision

Empty Threats? – The NSAC’s Weak Position To Impose Fines on Sonnen

Update – August, 6, 2014 – Bleacher Report, who initially broke this story, has obtained correspondence between Sonnen’s lawyers and the Nevada Commission. The legal arguments advanced largely mirror the below arguments and additionally point to recorded comments of NSAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar, where he agreed that Metamoris “is not subject” to the ban imposed on … More Empty Threats? – The NSAC’s Weak Position To Impose Fines on Sonnen

Reported 2009-2013 MMA Event Volume By Commission

Included in the 2014 Association of Boxing Commission Annual Conference Documents were lists setting out the volume of sanctioned amateur and professional events by various State, Tribal, Provincial and Municipal Athletic Commissions in the US and Canada. The busiest commission one again is California overseeing 163 events in 2013.  Second is Texas with 94 and … More Reported 2009-2013 MMA Event Volume By Commission