Yesterday, we reported that a lawsuit between Florida-based Worldwide Entertainment Group Inc., promoters of the Ultra Miami Music Festival, and Adria MM Productions Ltd., a Croatian company that produces music festivals in Croatia and Europe, had ended. The final judgement was that Worldwide be to pay $866,000 in damages to Adria; in addition, Adria owed $366,211 in damages back to Worldwide for breach of contract.
Counsel for Adria were the first to issue a public statement, steering the direction of the story in their favor. However, a new statement from WEG asserts that reports that Adria “prevailed in this case” were false. Furthermore, it asserts that there was no file for trademark infringement by Adria, as was originally reported in May 2017 (though not repeated in more recent reports).
Ultra Europe 2019 is still on track and tickets are currently on sale. WGE’s full statement can be read below.
Worldwide Entertainment Group, Inc. (“Worldwide Entertainment”) is pleased with the jury’s findings. The jury not only rejected the fraud claims asserted by Worldwide Entertainment’s former licensee (Adria MM), but also, it found that the Promotional Agreement between the parties was valid and enforceable. The jury further and correctly recognized Ultra as the rightful owner of the well-known Ultra brand for international music festivals, including Ultra’s circle U design mark.
Despite these undisputed facts, it has been falsely reported that Adria MM had either prevailed in this case and / or that this case involved a “trademark dispute” respecting the right to use the Ultra brand for similar events in Europe. To the contrary, Adria MM filed a ten-count complaint. No count alleged trademark infringement. Adria MM lost on all counts, except on its claim for tortious interference, which was based on allegations that Worldwide Entertainment’s actions to retake its 2017 production from the admittedly defaulted licensee was undertaken too swiftly. No findings were made, and no inferences can be drawn, that Worldwide Entertainment did not own its brands and trademarks.
Worldwide Entertainment and its current licensee are already hard at work putting together its lineup for the 2019 Ultra Europe event.
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