Planet Ballroom OFFICIAL STATEMENTS

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Matthews Ballroom Lawsuit (aka Matthews Ballroom + Events)

PBI initiated a lawsuit against franchisee Matthews Ballroom owned by Jerilyn McDonald, Bradley Claxton and Todd Liddell. We were victorious in this legal battle and in April 2019 were awarded financial damages for contract violations and injunctive relief for improper use of our IP.


Additional information about Jerilyn McDonald can be found HERE.

Janine DiPierro

Partner with Matthews Ballroom and owner of another unit, Janine DiPierro violated her contract, then filed bankruptcy to avoid judgment. 

Richard Burke Schnedl

Another partner of Matthews Ballroom, Richard Burke Schnedl was party to the lawsuit due to his owner status. We were awarded a judgment against Schnedl yet he refuses to pay on a court ordered judgment. Meanwhile, his wife attacks us on social media.

Kristin Grasso Heck & Brandon Heck

Former franchisee Kristin Grasso Heck sold her franchise in 2016 for what we believe to be an amount around $90,000. A few months after the lawsuit against Matthews Ballroom was filed, Kristin Grasso Heck and her husband Brandon Heck began attacking our company, our affiliates and our officers online making numerous false accusations that we believe are highly defamatory and illegal. A joint lawsuit was filed against the Heck’s in 2019 and is currently pending in NC court.

NEW! Legal Facts and Fictions

Many false accusations were made against PBI by former franchisees including fraud, theft and FTC violations. Click here for the facts with documentation.

Chris Bosak & Smooth Dance Studio In Suwannee, GA

Chris Bosak and Smooth Dance Studio in Suwannee, Georgia displayed aggressive behavior toward us when we confronted them with copyright violations and Bosak’s debt to us.

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