An attorney for embattled janitorial franchise company Stratus Building Solutions is lashing out at a critic for (among other things) allegedly calling Stratus CEO Dennis Jarrett “the largest scumbag of them all,” and Stratus President Pete Frese “the second” [largest scumbag of them all].
A threatening letter dated October 25, 2013 was sent by Matthew A. Jacober, an attorney with law firm Lathrop & Gage, to Mr. Jerry Wenger of Connersville, IN.
Mr. Wenger has 30 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, and served as Regional Director for Stratus Building Solutions master franchisee Kevin Spellacy.
Matthew A. Jacober is a member of the legal team (derisively referred to as “the poodles” by UnhappyFranchisee.Com commenter “Reasoned Source”) that represents the much-litigated Stratus Building Solutions.
In his letter, Jacober states that Wenger signed a non-disparagement agreement stating that he “would not disparage or make any negative comments about Dennis Jarrett, Pete Frese and Stratus Franchising, LLC or any of their affiliated parties.”
The Lathrop & Gage attorney stated that he had repeatedly represented to his clients that Wenger impressed him as “an honorable man who… had no desire to see anything negative happen to them.”
Having held Mr. Wenger in such high esteem, and thinking they were friends, Matthew Jacober was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to learn that Wenger was telling people that his clients are scumbags.
It was therefore very shocking to me when my clients forwarded to me postings from August 30, 2013 which they have recently learned were written of on [Stratus Master Franchisee] Shannon Smith’s LinkedIn page questioning why Mr. Smith would be associated with a company like Stratus Franchising and individuals like Pete Frese and Dennis Jarrett. More disturbing still was an email you sent on August 29, 2013 to a number of individuals who remain masters under the Stratus system in which you say “there are still some very scummy people left in the master system, most definitely the largest scumbag of them all is still Dennis Jarrett and the second is Pete Frese.”
Matt Jacober also accuses Mr. Wenger of being the prolific Stratus Building Solutions critic and whistleblower who posts on UnhappyFranchisee.com under the pseudonym “Reasoned Source.”
“Reasoned Source” is a frequent commenter on Stratus Building Solutions blog posts, having posted the equivalent of 200 typed pages of opinion and insider information regarding the crumbling Stratus master franchise system.
“Rest assured,” writes Jacober, “if these postings and communications do not immediately cease and desist” that Wenger will be hit with a lawsuit for “libel, slander, tortious interference with business expectancy and breach of contract.”
We believe significant damages have occurred to the Stratus Franchising system and to Messrs. Frese and Jarrett individually as a direct result of the comments you have made and will pursue those damages vigorously… This letter is your one and only warning.
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Tune in for the Next Exciting Episode…!
How will Mr. Wenger respond to Matthew Jacober’s “one and only warning”?
Will Jerry Wenger apologize for his “wrongful behavior” so he and Matt Jacober can be bro’s once again?
Will Stratus Franchising sic the poodles on the ex-employee of an ex-franchisee for tarnishing its otherwise sterling reputation?
To establish defamation, will Lathrop & Gage have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their clients, Dennis Jarrett and Pete Frese, are not the largest and second-largest scumbags, respectively?
Will whistleblower “Reasoned Source” disclose his/her/their true identity after seeking asylum in the Moscow airport?
Stay tuned to Unhappy Franchisee to exclusive Stratus coverage as this drama unfolds!
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