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Does Reed Exhibitions Have A Lawsuit Target On Its Back?

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When Reed Exhibitions announced yesterday that they are ‘postponing’ (I’m guessing forever) the gargantuan Eastern Sports And Outdoor Show, they may have shot themselves in the contractual foot with the litigation equivalent of a .505 Gibbs. Why? Because they pulled the rug out from under more than 1,200 vendors, who’ve each paid thousands of dollars in booth fees and travel expenses. Reed is has promised to refund their booth rental fees, but . . .

That won’t pay the vendors back for their travel expenses and lost business opportunities. The show is estimated to generate $44 million in direct spending from vendors and attendees, and $80 million in lost revenue for the local economy.

There’s already talk of a class-action lawsuit against Reed Exhibitions. As everything does, the success or failure of such litigation will all come down to the fine print. Class certification is almost a no-brainer, since there are so many potential plaintiffs (the vendors) and them are suing the same defendant (Reed) for the same act (canceling the show) under the same theory of liability (breach of contract.) The only thing that each vendor/plaintiff would have to individually prove is the amount of their damages.

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  • $6981164

    Here in Grand Rapids the people holding the show have said they welcome the AR-15 with open arms. Someone should show Reed both the Constitution and the Federalist Papers.

  • Slam Dunk

    I feel bad for the community losses, but sometimes you just have to stand on principle and follow the 2nd Amendment. I hope Reed Exhibitions get what is coming to them. They screwed everybody with their ban when there isn’t even a Federal gun ban (and won’t be).

  • Eddy Fudd

    Slam Dunk, BRAVO!

  • Mark Rhoades
  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.roden.56 Charles Roden

    Reid is so arragant he feels, in y opinion, he can run rough shod over any and all and still remain above and beyond the law, just like obama and the rest of the idiot who control, in thier minds, as limited as they are, the weather, techtonics, planetary movements, and all of creation simply to keep thier positions of power. May they all remember thier arragance when, and they are all close than they think, they lay prone on thier beds of death and realize they, like the morals they despised, are about to meet what ever comes in death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.douglas.16718 John Douglas

    I’m amazed that these anti-gun idiots put their ‘principles’ ahead of profits.

  • DaveNTejas

    Why this show sponsored by a foreign company? To hell with them, get some Americans to sponsor it.