Chinese broadcasters CCTV and TVB along with DISH Network filed suit against the manufacturers of the TVpad IPTV box and several TVpad retailers. On April 4, 2016, the United States Court for the Central District of California enjoined two manufacturers from continuing to sell the TVpad or any other device that provides the plaintiffs’ copyrighted video content. The court also awarded over $55,000,000 in damages against these manufacturers.
Asha Media Group Inc. d/b/a TVpad.com, a TVpad retailer, was ordered by a federal court in California on November 16, 2016 to pay $9,154,811.
Other retailers in the TVpad lawsuit settled for significant sums:
- Texas based retailers NewTVpad Ltd. Co and Liangzhong Zhou ($750,000)
- California based retailer Honghui Chen d/b/a e-Digital ($1,250,000)
- California based retailers Club TVpad and Bennett Wong ($1,500,000)
Another TVpad retailer, Amit Bhalla, was forced to file for bankruptcy because of the risk of liability in the lawsuit. Mr. Bhalla is currently facing the possibility that his liability will not be discharged in the bankruptcy, and if so, he may be personally liable for several million dollars.