OROVILLE, Calif. (CN) – REM Global claims it licensed a bogus franchise from Hollywood Studios Media Center and founder Jack Gratrix. When REM asked the talent-scouting agency to return its $80,000 fee, Gratrix or one of his associates broke into REM’s office, downloaded its client files and installed spyware, REM claims in Butte County Superior Court.
REM Global claims that after it paid the franchise fee, it discovered that Stockton Media Group, doing business as Hollywood Studios, wasn’t registered under the California Franchise Investment Law.
REM says it immediately stopped using the Hollywood Studios trademarks and demanded a refund.
But the defendants allegedly ignored its demands, and in December 2008, “a person matching the description of [Gratrix] or one of his associates was seen breaking and entering into the Plaintiffs’ office.”
The trespasser installed a spyware program that saves and downloads all passwords, allowing him to swipe the plaintiffs’ trade secrets and confidential information, the lawsuit claims.
REM wants its money back, plus treble and punitive damages. It is represented by Piotr Reysner of Sacramento.