It was barely a footnote (see comments here) to last week’s coverage of the GEE vs. Huling lawsuit, but Huling has indeed sued GEE for “unlawful detainer” (eviction) centered on the alleged nonpayment of rent as of the start of September. Since we offered you the chance to read the GEE vs. Huling lawsuit in full, now that we have the paperwork for the Huling vs. GEE lawsuit, we’re posting a link to that one too: 39-page PDF, get it here. Most of this document consists of the GEE lease for the Huling properties, plus the 3-day notice dated September 27th to pay rent or get evicted. (If you’re just joining us, GEE had announced plans to close today, but instead shut down Friday.) Our notes from the first readthrough:
Unlike GEE vs. Huling, the summons/complaint at the heart of Huling vs. GEE isn’t much on narrative. “Exhibit A” is the full text of the GEE lease for the Huling properties. A couple of notes from that — GEE wasn’t supposed to have an “out” for at least four years; the monthly rent began at $90,000 in year 1 and potential annual increases were listed all the way through year 10, when it would have been $129,281. Another side note: Page 35 mentions three firms as purchasing parties in the “asset purchase agreement” in the original Huling-GEE deal: Irish Eagle Investment, True North Companies, Wolff Enterprises. The latter was mentioned by Sharon Huling in her statement posted here hours after both sides’ lawsuits were filed (but before their contents were public).
So what happens now? Since the Huling vs. GEE case is an eviction lawsuit, it proceeds quickly — according to these documents, GEE has until October 15th to respond in writing. The GEE vs. Huling case will likely move more slowly (unless there are negotiations outside the scope of court action); we’ll watch the online dockets for any scheduled court dates. We are also watching the status of the still-pending trial for the three former Huling employees charged in the ripoff case that the GEE lawsuit claims Huling tried to hide till the purchase was well under way (which the Hulings deny): Adrian Dillard, Paul Rimbey, and Ted Coxwell. At this point, they’re expected back in court sometime this month.