Florida RV dealer Gigi Stetler and her company, RV Sales of Broward, have filed a third amended complaint in their 2010 lawsuit against a major equestrian show, claiming an attempt to put her company out of business in conjunction with Camping World, and also claiming intentional interference with adventitious business relationships, civil theft, conversion, tortious interference and many other claims.
According to a release issued by RV Sales of Broward, Stetler accuses Camping World and its celebrity CEO, Marcus Lemonis, the star of CNBC’s primetime show THE PROFIT, whom she had earlier rebuffed when he tried to buy her business in 2008, of conspiring with Bellissimo Entities to force RV Sales of Broward out of business, when Stetler “politely but firmly rejected all of Lemonis’s offers to buy her business.”
A hearing is scheduled to take place on Oct. 27 over evidence in this civil case. Already more than 500 documents have been discovered so far but Stetler’s lawyers, Ticktin Law Group, want the court to compel Bellissimo’s entities to release their records.
In the suit, Stetler claims that when she attempted to negotiate terms for her 2010 contract, which had been in place since 2000, Bellissimo entities persuaded Stetler and RV Sales of Broward to turn over her confidential client list, trade secrets and her business model. Stetler alleges they requested this information as the condition for a new agreement with her, while Bellissimo and Lemonis had a deal already in place that was contingent upon Bellissimo forwarding Stetler’s confidential client list over to Camping World, to facilitate the malicious destruction of RV Sales of Broward’s business.
Stetler also alleges that in furtherance of the plan for Camping World to acquire the customers of RV Sales of Broward, Bellissimo and Lemonis improperly and wrongfully had Stetler barred from the competition at the equestrian event. “They believed that her presence at the event, even just as a competitor, would cause competition between RV Sales of Broward, and Camping World,” the release stated.
Stetler’s suit alleges that this scheme by Bellisimo and Lemonis was not only an attempt to obtain the business and customers that RV Sales of Broward had established over the years but, according to the complaint, was also “a malicious reaction by Lemonis, Camping World’s CEO, who could not tolerate the fact that Gigi Stetler stood up to him, by refusing to sell RV Sales of Broward to Camping World in 2008.”