News: Beta responds to Christou’s anti-competitive lawsuitBy Ricardo Baca | December 10th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
As previously reported on Reverb, Denver nightclub king Regas Christou (owner of the Church, Vinyl, Bar Standard and others) is suing one of his former employees, Brad Roulier, who runs rival club Beta and co-owns digital download service Beatport. The suit claims that Roulier is taking anti-competitive measures — threating DJs’ presence on Beatport to ensure they play Beta when in Denver — and creating an unfair monopoly for club music in Colorado.
Reverb was the first to speak with attorneys from both sides, and now Beta has released a statement in regards to the lawsuit — kind of responding to the many allegations against them.
“We are disappointed by Mr. Christou’s lawsuit and his attempt to distract from our success as a world-class dance club,” the statement reads. “In 2010 DJMAG.com ranked Beta Nightclub No. 2 among the top 100 Clubs in the United States, and No. 19 in the world. 5280 Magazine designated us the Top Nightclub in Denver and Westword awarded us Best Dance Club for the second consecutive year. We are proud of our accomplishments and fortunate to be one of the many venues that attract amazing talent to an awesome city. Mr. Christou’s imaginative allegations and purported facts will not distract us from our focus on the music we love and the culture we live by. We will continue to do our best to provide Denver with the finest talent, production and sound; and not permit Mr. Christou’s fabrications to detract from the passion we at Beta share with our patrons.”
The lawsuit brings some high-profile DJs into the mix — including Deadmau5, DJ Rap, Christopher Lawrence, DJ Dan and Sasha — saying that they’ve all been “coerced” by the intimate Beta/Beatport connection in some way. It also claims that Roulier promised Christou an ownership stake in Beatport in exchange for his cosigning a start-up loan — and that the ownership stake has never been transfered.
“Mr. Christou has substantial evidence towards the allegations,” Englewood lawyer Jeffrey S. Vail, who is representing Christou, told Reverb last week. “These actions have been harming not only Mr. Christou but others in the community, and we’re confident they will come forward during this process.”