MTV and the producers of “Floribama Shore” have been hit with a massive lawsuit accusing them of ripping off an iconic Florida hotspot.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Florida-based company named MGFB Properties is suing Viacom, MTV, and the producers behind “Floribama Shore”.
MGFB Properties owns an entertainment venue named “Flora-Bama” on the beaches of the Florida-Alabama state line. They claim to have been around for over 55 years and are extremely well-known.
Many artists have referenced “Flora-Bama” in their songs including Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney.
The venue says reality show producers first became aware of their bar when doing casting calls for “Floribama Shore”. They claim to have allowed them to cast but declined their request to shoot at the bar, as they had a reality show already in the works.
— Flora-Bama (@flora_bama) November 21, 2017
Despite their refusal to allow them to film at their establishment, they accuse the defendants of deciding to move forward with producing their show. MGFB Properties accuses producers of using their years of hard work to launch their show.
They claim people think they are associated with the reality show and it causes confusion. They take issue with the reality show featuring the cast binge drinking, urinating in public and brawling in bars.
The company sent off a cease and desist in October 2017, but MTV’s lawyers refused to comply with their demands.
The company is suing for an injunction forcing the show to change the name and a cut of profits made by the defendants so far.