November 30, 2017
Over the past few weeks, on behalf of Showtime Networks, Weil has secured a number of victories in a series of putative class actions arising out of the high-profile boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor, which took place in August 2017. Following the match, several cases were filed in jurisdictions around the country.
Plaintiffs in these cases generally allege that they purchased the pay-per-view match and planned to stream and view it through Showtime’s digital application, but were unable to do so. They sought to represent a variety of nationwide and state-wide classes of viewers. Showtime denies the allegations.
Weil secured a critical early victory in one of the cases on November 10, 2017, when a New York federal judge granted Showtime’s Motion to Compel Arbitration of plaintiff’s claims, precluding him from pursuing his claims in litigation on behalf of any putative class. In the subsequent weeks, Weil succeeded in extracting Showtime from every other pending case in which it was named as a defendant.