Back9Network has filed a lawsuit against company co-founder and former CEO Jamie Bosworth in Connecticut Superior Court, alleging Bosworth has disparaged the network and provided proprietary information to third parties in violation of a 2014 agreement.
Bosworth resigned his position as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Back9Network in July 2014, saying he was leaving to pursue other opportunities. The separation from his company came after his divorce from second wife and Back9Network employee Jennifer Bosworth (Lahmers). As part of the agreement Bosworth signed when he resigned, Back9 alleges there were clauses against disparaging the company publicly and divulging proprietary company information to third parties. Bosworth was also paid a one-time separation fee and a severance of his salary through Sept. 15, 2014.
The suit, filed Dec. 22, 2014, claims Bosworth has, on numerous occasions, contacted investors, potential future investors and employees of the company and “made false and disparaging comments about the company’s financial outlook” as well about the company’s management, which Bosworth largely installed while CEO. Back9 claims Bosworth ignored a cease-and-desist letter sent in October 2014, followed by sending “a rash of text messages” to board members, investors and potential investors making disparaging remarks about “management, programming, brand and creative plan.” Bosworth is accused of also illegally obtaining confidential company information, including documents about financial performance, and sharing with third parties, including reaching out to an “investigative news reporter” with the promise of divulging more.
Back9 seeks an injunction to force Bosworth to stop the alleged behavior as well monetary relief for both Bosworth’s violation of his separation agreement and damage done to the company through Bosworth’s actions and disclosures.
An attorney for Bosworth filed appearance paperwork with the court on Jan. 16. No additional motions from either side have been filed, nor have any future court dates been set.