Venue owner sues NoCo Hemp Expo organizer for $160,000 over non-payment

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A Colorado hotel has filed suit against hemp event organizer WAFBA, Inc., seeking $160,000 it says it is owed for providing a venue for this year’s NoCo Hemp Expo.

Broadmoor Hotel Inc., Colorado Springs, filed the lawsuit against Ft. Collins-based WAFBA, organizer of NoCo and other hemp-themed conferences and trade shows, earlier this month. The event was held March 29-31, 2023.

“Despite Plaintiff performing the Contract in full and despite demand to the Defendant, the Defendant has materially breached the Contract by failing to pay the Plaintiff for the services provided under the Contract,” according to the complaint.

‘Unfortunate situation’

The hotelier provided “rooms, meeting and function space, conference areas and other accommodations,” which went unpaid, according to the lawsuit, filed in District Court in Colorado’s El Paso County. Broadmoor is seeking $160,398, plus interest, attorney fees and costs.

“This is an unfortunate situation with a lot of moving parts. WAFBA is actively working behind the scenes toward a resolution with the Broadmoor,” Morris Beegle, the company’s president, told HempToday.

Partnership with EIHA

The NoCo Hemp Expo is slated for its 10th edition in April 2024 in Estes Park, Colorado.

WAFBA has partnered with the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) to jointly produce that organization’s annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic, June 5-7, 2024 through Experience Hemp, a related entity.

WAFBA has in the past organized a Southern Hemp Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, and Raleigh, North Carolina, but canceled that event in 2023.

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