A dedicated fan who attempted to throw a Pokemon party at PAX has been fined by the Pokemon Company, $5,4000, Ramar Larkin Jones has been throwing a fan Pokemon party for the last 5 years and it’s a $2 party which features Pokemon themed giveaways, Super Smash Brothers tournaments, and Pokemon themed music. Jones, who is a cafe manager, says that there’s no way he can afford to pay the Pokemon Company the fees and has set up a GoFundMe to try to pay the money.
“Once I canceled the event, I thought it would be over, thought it’d be dropped,” Jones told me. “I talked to a lawyer the Monday after PAX and thought everything was good. I thought the lawsuit was a scare tactic—people were making jokes about it at PAX.”
“I can’t pay it,” he said. “I manage a cafe, and cost of living is super expensive in Seattle. I am hoping I can try to pay it over the course of a year, because I simply want to be done with it.”
“The Pokémon Company International is willing to settle this lawsuit on the terms set forth in the enclosed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction … [which] includes a judgment in the amount of $5,400 for costs and attorney’s fees,” Stuart Dunwoody, a lawyer with the David Wright Tremaine law firm wrote. “These fees will increase if additional lawyer time is required to finalize this settlement.”
“It’s a part of my childhood, and you know that if you’re in the culture you can’t really get away from it,” Jones said. “But as far as them as a business, I’m done, yeah. For them, this money doesn’t matter at all.”