Agoura Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 18, 2014
Prudential Payment Systems announced today that its attorneys from Morris & Stone LLP, have filed an anti-SLAPP motion against iPayment, Inc., on behalf of Prudential Payment Systems’ CEO Aaron Nasseh.
According to court documents for Los Angeles Superior court case number BC509053, on June 23rd 2014, iPayment filed a complaint against Nasseh containing claims for libel and three other related causes of action. The complaint alleges that Nasseh sent an email to certain sales agents, highlighting iPayment’s financial issues as reported by Moody’s and Bloomberg, and in iPayment’s own press releases. Nasseh also summarized his claim against iPayment for breach of contract and failure to pay his company residuals of approximately $35,000 per month since March 2013, and iPayment’s failure to pay commissions and bonuses owed to Nasseh of approximately $750,000, while he served as vice president of sales for iPayment. In the same email Nasseh indicated that iPayment had failed to pay residuals of approximately $200,000 per month to one of iPayment’s former sales offices.
The motion by Nasseh argues that iPayment’s complaint is a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). According to Wikipedia, “a SLAPP is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.” “The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff's goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism.”
Nasseh’s anti-SLAPP motion argues that every statement contained in the email is true. It contends that iPayment brought this action for the sole purpose of chilling his valid exercise of free speech, and in a misguided attempt to gain leverage in Nasseh’s breach of contract action against iPayment.
iPayment is represented by Greenberg & Traurig LLP.