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Jaffa wants lawsuit tossed

Bike rally director seeks injunction to stop second event

February 28, 2008
By Phil Ray,
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Jaffa Shrine Facility has asked a Blair County judge to dismiss an injunction request filed by the director of the annual Roar in the Mountains motorcycle rally because it would illegally bar the organization from holding a similar event.

Blair County attorneys Walter F. Wall and Norman D. Callan stated the Jaffa’s point of view in court papers filed Tuesday afternoon.

Roar director Kenneth Knisley of Altoona RD is seeking an injunction to stop the Rumble Thru the Alleghenies rally.

Judge Jolene G. Kopriva will hear testimony March 27.

Knisley’s event, held at the Shrine in September 2006 and 2007, came under criticism for offensive language at a concert, a lack of vendors and general disorganization.

Jaffa officials decided not to host the Roar this year and instead hold its own event on the same weekend. Knisley is planning to move his rally to Legion Park in Hollidaysburg.

Knisley, through East McKeesport attorney David J. Puzak, is claiming that the Jaffa stole his idea and is benefiting from the groundwork he laid the past two years. He has asked the court to impose a permanent injunction to block Rumble.

Knisley claims the Jaffa is wrongfully imitating his event by essentially using his trade name and taking advantage of the business relations he established.

He said unless the court imposes an injunction, he will ‘‘lose substantial business opportunities,’’ as well as the goodwill and reputation he has built.

The Jaffa contends it has no legal duty or contract with Knisley concerning a rally for bikers and that Knisley is off base with his contention that Roar will be harmed by Rumble.

If the injunction is granted, it would mean the Jaffa would be barred from using its own property for a lawful business or trade event, legal papers state.

Attorneys for the Jaffa argue that restraining the right to compete ‘‘is contrary to public policy.’’ They also argue that Roar has no right to bar competing events on a particular weekend.

The attorneys want the court to dismiss Knisley’s legal complaint against the Jaffa and deny a temporary or permanent injunction.

Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.

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