Premium Sports claims to have had exclusive rights to the distribution to commercial establishments for public exhibition of the Liga Zon Sagres: Braga vs. Befica soccer match that took place on January 13, 2018 (spoiler alert 2013 Benfica won, 3-1). Premium Sports accuses Nelia Barbosa, the owner of the Ilha Verde Caf 00e9 in New Bedford, of airing the match in the caf 00e9 without a license, using a residential receiving box for commercial purposes. Violations of 47 U.S.C. 00a7 605, which provides for a private cause of action for the unauthorized publication of use of communications, and 47 U.S.C. 00a7 553, which covers the unauthorized interception and exhibition of cable communications, are also alleged. Interestingly, the case was filed by the Lonstein Law Office of Ellenville, NY, who has been accused of seeking out and preying on small businesses for whom DirecTV installers mistakenly set up residential, rather than commercial, accounts; a class action suit has been filed against the firm and DirecTV in California. That case is presently stayed pending DirecTV 2019s appeal of the denial of its demand that the case go to arbitration. At least one other class action suit has been brought against Lonstein in New Jersey. The case is before Judge Saris.
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