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New Jersey Sports Productions, Inc. v. Don King Productions, Inc.

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
15 F.Supp.2d 534 (1998)


Facts

New Jersey Sports Productions, Inc., doing business as Main Events (ME) (plaintiff) and Oliver McCall (codefendant) had a contract by which McCall would receive a multimillion-dollar purse, payable at a New Jersey bank, for boxing in a Nevada match. McCall quit fighting early in the match but nevertheless claimed the purse. ME claimed the purse because McCall had breached the contract. ME knew, or legitimately anticipated, that Don King Productions, Inc. (DKP) and others (codefendants) had filed or could file their own claims to the purse. ME was the only claimant residing in New Jersey. ME moved the New Jersey federal court for interpleader, but did not specify whether it sought statutory or rule interpleader. DKP opposed ME's motion on the grounds of improper venue, absence of adverse claimants, and the priority of a Nevada state disciplinary action against McCall. McCall opposed the motion, contending that the New Jersey court lacked personal jurisdiction over him.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bassler, J.)

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