A lawsuit filed against renowned entrepreneur J.T. Foxx and his wholly-owned entities for alleged sexual and other harassment was tossed out of court this past Thursday by Judge Murphy of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
In granting the Foxx Defendants’ Demurrer, Judge Murphy acknowledged the obvious prejudicial effect posed by the joinder of the Plaintiffs into a single Complaint. She allowed Plaintiffs Twenty (20) days leave to amend or be subjected to a final dismissal with prejudice, and stated that she will look very closely at any amended complaint which Plaintiffs may file.
If you Are Successful, You Will Get Sued…Protect Your Brand
What do Trump, Tony Robbins, JT Foxx, Jennifer Lopez and other successful people all have in common? They all have been the victims of extortion, malicious prosecution and abuses of power from litigious lawsuits or the threat of them.
I have been around and network with some of the world’s most successful people and I have always wondered why they are so guarded, hard to approach and never seem to let their hair down. One famous friend of mine told me that “Everything you say, good or bad, will always be used against you if you have money; people find easier to sue and make up things than to earn it the old fashion way—hard work.”
When you slapped with a frivolous lawsuit that is completely false, you are left with three options:
- Settle the case even though you didn’t do anything wrong, because the embarrassment alone is not worth it. People always believe the allegations but never care about the outcome, because by then everyone has forgotten about it.
- Settle because the litigation costs alone are more than the actual settlement. Although this is a very sound business decision, it can backfire because if the settlement terms ever leak, they will assume you are guilty.
- Fight, which is what I chose to do. I don’t like being extorted and every successful businessman, including my coaches, has said that it’s an unfortunate cost of doing business.
It is not a question of if you will be sued or extorted if you are successful; it is a question of when. You need to be prepared and you need to protect your brand.
The lessons are here for entrepreneurs:
Have everything in writing.
- Protect your brand from day one
- Do not keep a personal friendly relationship with any staff member because they will use it against you a later date if there are let go. When people they are no longer friends
- If you have a bad apple in your company, fire them, because if you keep them around they will poison all the other good apples.
- Always tell the truth and keep your head up high.
Today I am sadly disappointed. No good deed goes unpunished I guess. About 30 days ago an individual attempted to extort $90,000 from me via his attorney claiming that if we did not pay him, he would sue and go to the media on behalf of his daughter. Ironically today I get a call from a reporter asking about a frivolous accusation from a raging jealous father looking to make a quick buck hoping I will settle so I can avoid any embarrassment from these made up claims. How ironic.
We are planning to sue for upwards of 5 million dollars and looking into going to the federal authorities to expose such outrageous frivolous hurtful allegations and extortion.
Many people in my position would pay hush money to make it go away even though they are innocent, but it my case I plan on using the fullest extent of the law at my disposal to send a message that no one should be extorted falsely and expect to profit from it.
Of course no one will print my side of the story because the truth never makes good headlines. Even after you do offer a comment, they don’t print it.
Stay tuned, I will be posting more details in the coming days as they develop…