A man in Portland, Oregon, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Showtime because of streaming issues during the much-anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.
Zack Bartel is suing the premium cable network for "unlawful trade practices and unjust enrichment," according to the Hollywood Reporter. In his suit, Bartel argues that the network rushed its "new, untested" streaming service to market without making sure a quality product would be delivered to consumers.
"(The) defendant intentionally misrepresented the quality and grade of video consumers would see using its app, and knowingly failed to disclose that its system was defective with respect to the amount of bandwidth available, and that defendant’s service would materially fail to conform to the quality of HD video defendant promised," attorney Michael Fuller wrote in the complaint.
Consumers paid $99 to watch the fight and now Bartel is seeking $200 in actual damages or statutory damages, whichever is greater, for each person in the class-action lawsuit.
Showtime spokesman Chris DeBlasio told MMA Junkie that the network received a "very limited number of complaints."
"We’re reviewing all of them carefully, and we will respond accordingly," DeBlasio told MMA Junkie. "Refunds are handled at the point of sale, so with regard to Showtime’s direct to consumer, our online offering of ShowtimePPV.com and Showtime PPV app, for those that could not see the fight on those platforms, Showtime will issue a full refund."
While some paying customers claim they had trouble viewing the fight, Variety reports some 2.9 million viewers illegally live-streamed the fight online.
Mayweather defeated McGregor in the 10th round, ending his career with a 50-0 record.