Teutul Feud - Sr. Sues Jr. in the OCC
Monday, December 28, 2009
Back in happier days - Paul Teutul, Sr. and Paul Jr. pose with S&S Cycle's former president, Brett Smith. Now Smith has stepped down, Paul Jr. has left OCC, and Sr. is suing Junior over rights to the company. Now that's drama!
The Orange County Choppers'
saga only gets uglier. It appears that the dissension between father and son has reached a new boiling point as father reportedly is suing son over stock holdings.
The Times Herald-Record
reported that a lawsuit has been filed in New York State Supreme Court in Goshen for what could potentially amount to millions in damages. At the beginning of season six of ‘American Chopper,’ Paul Jr. was fired after a big on-air blowout with Senior. As part of the termination, Jr. was supposedly obliged to sell his 20% ownership in OCC to Senior. That agreement is now in debate, along with exactly how much Senior should pay Paul, Jr. for his share of the company. Seems like the two can’t agree on a price, so Senior wants the court to appoint an appraiser so that the value of the company can be ascertained.
The suit also reportedly asks for an injunction that would bar Paul Jr. from ‘engaging in competitive business activities and interfering with the company's relationship with suppliers.’ On the flipside, Senior is asking for compensatory damages that could total more than $1 million, and punitive damages of $1 million.
The show’s success hinged on the volatile relationship between Junior and Senior, but this takes it to new lows. The on-camera disputes served as entertainment, but when father and son end up head-to-head in court, the only winners are the lawyers.
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