“My clients will not be intimated by their outrageous, strong-arm tactics to acquire my client’s interest in Gurney Productions at a massively discounted price.We will hold each of these defendants personally accountable for the many millions in economic damages to my clients, and damage to their good name and reputation.” The suit cites ITV Studios executives Brent Montgomery, Andrew Garard and David Mc Graynor as defendants along with the company.
The principals of the production company behind “Duck Dynasty” have filed a $100 million lawsuit against ITV Studios, accusing its leaders of mounting an “outrageous campaign of intimidation and extortion” to depress the price ITV would pay to acquire the remaining 40% of Gurney Productions.
The suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court follows ITV’s firing last month of Scott and Deirdre Gurney from their namesake company, which ITV acquired a majority interest in 2012.
ITV has sued the couple, claiming they engaged in fraud and used company funds for personal expenses, among other allegations.
“The actions taken by ITV and its appointed board members are reprehensible,” said the Gurneys attorney Michael Weinsten of Lavely & Singer.
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“Montgomery was effectively poison to Gurney Productions and wanted complete control — something he could not obtain until ITV bought the Gurneys out,” the lawsuit states.
“However, given the success of Gurney Productions, ITV would have to pay a steep price to purchase the Gurneys’ stake, something ITV was unwilling to do.” The lawsuit claims that the defendants “concocted a scheme” two squeeze them out of the company and tarnish their reputation.
According to their complaint, the Gurneys were “lured” to a board meeting on Dec.