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Hockey Fans Beer Lawsuit: $7 and $4 Cups Hold the Same Amount

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 02:04 PM

By Clyde Hughes

A damning video created by beer-drinking fans of the minor league hockey team in Boise, Idaho, and a little bit of social media have led to a lawsuit charging CenturyLink Arena with defrauding its customers.

Idaho Steelheads fans Brady Peck, Michele Bonds, and William and Brittany Graham are seeking $10,000 in damages from Block 22 LLC for deceiving customers to believe they were receiving more beer in the $7 cup than in the $4 cup, ESPN reported.

The YouTube video was posted this week by another fan, Gwen Gibbs. Gibbs, who attends games with her boyfriend Heath Forsey, told the Idaho Statesman that she became upset when she realized that the $7 beer cup held exactly the same amount of liquid as the $4 cup.

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"It's amazing what can be done with one little video and the power of social media," Gibbs told the newspaper.

CenturyLink Arena hosts various concerts and events, and also serves as the home of NBA Developmental League team the Idaho Stampede, according to The Associated Press.

On Monday, Steelheads president Eric Tripp acknowledged the mistake with the cups and vowed to order new ones.


In the Steelheads lawsuit, Peck claims that he has purchased beer at the arena at least 30 times, including the March 5 game that is connected with Gibbs' video, according to the AP. The other plaintiffs said they normally order the $7 beers at events they attend at the arena as well.

"While different shapes, both cup sizes hold substantially the same amount of liquid and are not large versus small in actual capacity," the plaintiffs' attorney, Wyatt Johnson, wrote in the lawsuit, per the AP. "Defendants knowingly sold each of their beers in a similar manner at each event held at the arena where beer was sold for at least the last five years."

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