Mobile Mike Sues Seminole Tribe For $250 Million

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An advertising agency filed a racketeering lawsuit Thursday against the Seminole Tribe of Florida seeking $250 million for allegedly cutting the company out of a promotions contract.

Mobile Mike Media Group contracted with the Seminole Tribe in 2011 to handle its advertising, events and promotions.

The lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court claims tribal leaders reneged on the agreement and directed their media business to a tribal member instead.

Hollywood attorney Gary Phillips of Phillips Cantor Shalek Rubin & Pfister seeks damages for fraudulent inducement, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy to induce Miami-based Mobile Mike to enter an operating agreement and engage in a "sham" to divest Mobile Mike of its business.

The lawsuit claimed tribal leaders hide behind the protection of sovereign immunity to avoid legitimate lawsuits for breach of contract.

"This is their M.O.," Phillips said. "They contract with proven experts to launch projects, then they ignore the contract and cherry-pick someone else to reap the rewards."

Jim Shore, the tribe's general counsel, did not return a call for comment by deadline.

Mobile Mike's website said the company offers event promotions, T-shirt printing, aerial banners, catering trucks, vehicle wraps and more.

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