A Maine native and co-founder of New York Metropolis-based Massive Homosexual Ice Cream is suing a enterprise companion, alleging mismanagement and fraudulent use of presidency loans.
Doug Quint, a Pittsfield native, co-founded Massive Homosexual Ice Cream with Bryan Petroff. They opened their first storefront in 2011 in New York Metropolis. The model had seven shops and offered pints in grocery shops nationwide at its peak.
Quint, who filed a lawsuit Aug. 25, is suing one other companion, Jon Chapski, and Edible Belongings LLC, an organization through which Chapski is the controlling member. Chapski was made a companion of Massive Homosexual Ice Cream in 2016, in accordance with the lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court docket.
Quint is asking for $4 million in damages, a jury trial and a full accounting of the corporate’s funds. Chapski is accused of breaching fiduciary obligation, improperly licensing Massive Homosexual Ice Cream mental property and receiving worth from the corporate unjustly.
When the storefronts had been pressured to shut throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Quint needed to transfer again to Pittsfield, the place he now works at a Walgreens, he instructed The New York Instances. Petroff works in human assets.
The lads need to return to working the ice cream enterprise with out Chapski, in accordance with the paper.
When Chapski turned a companion, he obtained 30 % of the corporate, whereas Quint and Petroff retained 35 % every, the lawsuit mentioned.
Quint and Petroff had last authority and all decision-making energy for the inventive aspect of Massive Homosexual Ice Cream, whereas Chapski was given last authority and all decision-making energy for monetary issues, in accordance with the contract cited within the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges Chapski refused to present Quint up to date monetary details about the corporate. Quint was reduce off from details about the corporate and his e mail entry was revoked after he began to query Chapski.
Different points raised within the lawsuit embody Chapski refusing to roll out new ice cream flavors created by Quint, in addition to Chapski ignoring inventive choices from Quint. Chapski began recipe growth with out approval from Quint and Petroff, and offered the Higher West Aspect storefront with out consent.
Petroff will not be a part of the lawsuit due to the expense however helps Quint, in accordance with The New York Instances.
Chapski stopped paying lease for not less than 4 storefronts, resulting in eviction proceedings, in accordance with the lawsuit. The corporate, via numerous company entities, owes not less than $1.3 million after the 2022 proceedings.
Quint additionally owes cash individually in a number of the eviction proceedings. The lawsuit mentioned Quint was by no means contacted by any lawyer for the proceedings.
The corporate additionally obtained not less than $294,000 of Paycheck Safety Program throughout the coronavirus pandemic with out the data of Quint. The cash was not used for enterprise bills, in accordance with the lawsuit.
The corporate’s web site lists three storefronts. At the least a kind of places is closed, in accordance with the lawsuit. Nobody answered the cellphone on the Higher West Aspect location at 3 p.m. Friday. The New York Instances reported that just one store continues to be open as of Wednesday.
Chapski has not filed a response to the lawsuit. No future court docket dates are scheduled.