A Flavor Flav lawsuit has put the former Public Enemy rapper back under the heat lamp. Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken restaurant closed after three months amid allegations employees' paychecks were bouncing, reports Allhiphop.com.
Now Flavor Flav and partner Nicolo Cimino might have to play a game of chicken over the check, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The check from Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution, Inc., for all the raw chicken, that is.
A lot goes into starting a restaurant--marketing, interior design, menu choices, etc. But once the doors open, it's all about cooking food and selling it to customers. And paying the bills.
Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution, a food distributor in Iowa City, IA, has sued Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken restaurant, now closed. Hawkeye's Flavor Flav lawsuit alleges breach of contract, claiming Flavor Flav's ex-business partner Nicolo Cimino owes more than $12,000 for past food shipments, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Depending on how Flavor Flav and Cimino set up the deal, Flavor Flav could end up owing the money.
Probably the most important thing to know about general partnerships is that all the partners are personally liable for all the partnership's obligations. This means the creditors can pursue any or all the partners for partnership debts.
The legal term is joint and several liability.
If Flavor Flav is just a licensor (i.e., rented his name to Cimino to use on the restaurant), or a limited partner, then Flavor Flav might have a defense to that collections lawsuit.
Fights over the restaurant check have been known to happen. But this Flavor Flav lawsuit is a fight between Flavor Flav and Nicolo Cimino will likely take a little longer to sort out.
- Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken Restaurant Sued (HipHopWired.com)
- Choosing a Business Structure: the Partnership (FindLaw's Free Enterprise)
- The Small Business Partnership: General and Limited Partnerships (FindLaw)
- Joint and Several Liability (FindLaw)
- Eva Longoria's Restaurant Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (FindLaw's Atlanta Bankruptcy Law News)