CHEYENNE, WYO. (CN) – Romeo Entertainment Group demands punitive damages from “Showing Animals Respect and Kindness,” claiming the animal rights group interfered with Carrie Underwood’s contract to perform for Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Defendant, known as SHARK, “suggests that people who do not agree with SHARK’s concepts of animal welfare are terrorists,” Romeo says in its federal claim. It also sued SHARK president Steven Hindi.
Romeo claims it had a contract with Underwood’s agent, Lion Cub, for the singer to give one show, on July 27, 2006. It claims SHARK “contacted Ms. Underwood for the sole purpose of inducing her to breach her contract. … Defendants used false and misleading information and threats of negative publicity to intimidate and induce Ms. Underwood to breach the agreement with Plaintiff.”
Romeo claims it also had an agreement with the band Matchbox Twenty, which agreed to sing at Frontier Days on July 18, 2006. It says SHARK tortiously interfered with this contract too, and Matchbox Twenty withdrew.
Romeo demands punitive damages and an injunction ordering SHARK to stop interfering with its business. It is represented by Lathrop & Rutledge.