Matthew Lickona 1 p.m., Jan. 18
Producer of the failed horse show, Valitar, slapped with more lawsuits
Mark Remley, Valitar's producer, named in another lawsuit.
Mark Remley's court appearance may soon outnumber the number of performances that his failed horse-human acrobatic show Valitar had at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
On December 18, Remley, his on and off again wife Tatyana, and their production company Equustria Development Inc, were named in a yet another lawsuit for failing to pay vendors who worked on Valitar.
The lawsuit was filed by the private security firm, Elite Show Services.
According to court documents, Remley entered into an agreement with Elite in September 2012 to provide security services for the show. The lawsuit accuses Remley of refusing to pay Elite the sum of $65,750 for services rendered.
The lawsuit is just the latest in what may be series of lawsuits from vendors after Remley pulled the plug after only four showings due to sluggish ticket sales. Valitar's failure has been blamed on a lack of direction and organization as well as on competition from rival horse acrobatics show, Cavalia, which held simultaneous performances in downtown San Diego.
Just last week, a group of other vendors met with a lawyer to file what might be the third lawsuit against Remley and his development company Equustria.
Bobby Buchanan, owner of Buchanan Design and Detour Photography in San Diego, was hired to do all the branding and design for the show. Buchanan's company will join three other companies American Stalls, Bella Vie Interior, and Durland Productions as well as Florida-based design company, Parker Brothers Concepts.
"There is a group of unpaid vendors who have just hired an attorney and will be following Showtec to demand payment for the amount owed to us as well," wrote Buchanan.
"Just between the four local companies Remley owes a little over $390,000. And when you add Parker Brothers the total amount is $430,000. This isn't a small amount. We all worked really hard for Remley. He could have handled it ten different ways but he didn't."
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong amount owed to local vendors. That amount has been changed