MOORPARK, Calif., Aug. — A former sales agent of Chosen Payments, Robert Crowell, has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Chosen Payments for Breach of Contract, Defamation, Violating California’s Uniform Trade Secret Act, Fraud and Misrepresentation and Interference with Contract. After a week of trial in Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, Central District Case No. BC502554, Crowell agreed to pay Chosen six figures in monetary damages to settle the case via a Settlement Agreement and Stipulated Judgment.
After agreeing to the terms of the Settlement on the record in open court, Robert Crowell filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Las Vegas Nevada Case No. 14-15510. Since separating from Chosen Payments, Crowell has begun working as a Partner of Century Business Solutions of Irvine, California.
The plaintiffs alleged in the lawsuit that Crowell worked for Chosen from January 2012 to December 2012. At the time of his departure, the parties entered into a Separation Agreement which provided that Crowell would receive post-termination residual income so long as he complied with the terms and conditions of the Separation Agreement.
In the lawsuit, Chosen alleged that before entering into the Separation Agreement, Crowell began defaming Chosen, making damaging misrepresentations about Chosen to its clients, and making defamatory and threatening statements to its staff. In addition, the suit alleged that Crowell used wrongful means to solicit Chosen Payments merchants after he signed the Separation Agreement and was no longer with the company.
According to the court transcripts, during the Judge’s ruling on the first part of the case, the Honorable Barbara Marie Scheper said, “No good deed goes unpunished,” referring to the fact that Chosen Payments offered Crowell a significant separation package despite having no obligation to do so. Judge Scheper commented further throughout the case “…. Mr. Goodman advise your client of the penalty of perjury..” referring to Mr. Crowell, “… “Mr. Crowell submitted false documents in this court….”, and in the Judge’s final ruling she quoted law stating, “If you decide that a witness has deliberately testified untruthfully about something in court, you can choose not to believe anything that witness said…and that’s the court’s conclusion regarding Crowell.”
Commenting on the settlement, Jeff Brodsly, CEO of Chosen Payments, said, “We are pleased that this matter is now resolved. The suit demonstrates that Chosen Payments will go to whatever lengths may be necessary to protect its excellent reputation in the payments industry and to protect its proprietary information”.
Chosen Payments was represented in the case by the Law Offices of Michael A. Brewer.
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