Bitter Contract Dispute Erupts With Knights Of Columbus
On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Contract Disputes on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
The Knights of Columbus organization is a tax-exempt Fortune 1000 company. In 2016, the company sold more than $8 billion in insurance to its members, many of whom reside in California. In fact, the KofC is the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization. It also happens to currently be involved in a bitter contract dispute.
As often happens in such situations, the professional reputation and integrity of the organization have been called into question. The contract dispute includes accusations against the KofC that pertain to membership fraud, theft of trade secrets and breach of contract issues. The organization is also accused of racketeering.
It is claimed that the Knights of Columbus has been less than forthright when it comes to membership lists. Supposedly, it has found a way to conceal its declining membership by keeping names of long-gone members on its current membership lists. Another company, that reportedly had an agreement with the KofC to become its primary website provider for more than 15,000 councils commenced a lawsuit against the organization.
Spokespeople for the website provider company say the Knights of Columbus failed to make good on the verbal contract when it learned that its phantom memberships were at risk for exposure due to the provider's software system. The lawsuit further alleges that the KofC stole trade secrets to try to recreate the website company's software for its own use. A representative for the Knights of Columbus called the allegations and the lawsuit frivolous, scandalous and without merit. California business owners facing similar contract problems can turn to experienced business and commercial law attorneys for support.