BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nutritional Products International (NPI), a leading global marketer of health and wellness brands, recently filed a multi-count lawsuit against Rodica Lesan Gould for alleged theft of trade secrets, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference among other counts.
According to the lawsuit, Rodica Lesan Gould, while employed by NPI, allegedly systematically stole company files, trade secrets, prospective clients and then diverted business to Nutra Sales International, LLC, Nutritional Sales and Consulting, Inc., Trulife Distribution, Inc. and BPG Consulting, Inc. The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction and monetary damages, among other forms of relief, to prevent Rodica Lesan Gould from operating businesses in competition with NPI.
In similar lawsuits, NPI is suing Brian Gould as well as Rodica’s parents Valentina Lesan and Anatolie Lesan for tortious interference and conspiracy, among other counts.
Plaintiff Nutritional Products International, which is owned by the defendant’s father-in-law Mitch Gould, specializes in helping companies expand the sales of their new or existing products throughout the United States. “The Evolution of Distribution” has helped hundreds of companies launch and sell products through online channels and with major retailers including Amazon, CVS, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.
Rod Coleman, attorney for NPI, states, “Trulife tries to lure foreign brands into thinking that they have a headquarters, warehouse, and infrastructure to sell their brand in the U.S."
Mitch Gould, CEO of NPI, says, “Is this a bestseller or a real-life story of betrayal and greed? NPI will do everything in its power to protects its good name in the marketplace.
“I built a successful business using proven, proprietary systems that were developed over decades,” said Mitch Gould. “The efforts of Brian, Rodica and the Lesans and Trulife Distribution to take our business will be fought to the fullest extent allowable by law.”
Mitch Gould, the founder of NPI, is a third-generation retail distribution and manufacturing professional. Gould, known as a global marketing guru, has represented icons from the sports and entertainment worlds such as Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Ronnie Coleman, Roberto Clemente Jr., Chuck Liddell, and Wayne Gretzky.