A Portland man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Energy Events — the company that stages the Vancouver USA Marathon– on behalf of all Oregon consumers who registered for the race, alleging unlawful trade practices and unjust profit at another’s expense.
The Portland law office Olsen Daines filed the complaint Saturday on behalf of Cory Bradley in U.S. District Court in Portland. The complaint follows the cancellation of the 2017 Vancouver USA Marathon and seeks a jury trial for restitution over registration fees.
Bradley said he saw Energy Events’ advertising for the 2017 marathon July 31 and paid $183.24 in registration fees for him and his wife. They believed if they paid the fee, they could attend the Sept. 17 marathon, according to the complaint.
The weekend festivities set for Sept. 15 to 17 included the marathon, half marathon, a 5K, kids run, bike ride and beer festival, among other activities.
However, on Friday, the company announced it was canceling the marathon after “careful consideration for several weeks and reviewing the finances.” It said it would not issue full refunds, the suit states, because it already spent the incoming registration fees for marketing, deposits and operational overhead.