Contract Dispute Question: Who Owns Snopes?

On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Contract Disputes on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Most California business owners might agree that differences in interpretations can lead to serious contract problems. Popular online debunking site Snopes is currently involved in a contract dispute regarding several key issues, one being who, in fact, owns the company at this time. Court hearings recently began to try to answer this and several other important questions.

Bardav, Inc. is Snopes' parent company and is going toe-to-toe against Proper Media, a company claiming to a partial current owner of the website. Snopes CEO David Mikkelson is at the heart of the heated ongoing contract dispute. The court has been asked to determine whether Mikkelson has a right to cancel a contract with Proper Media, as well as whether he is fit to own Snopes.

Proper Media filed the initial complaint in May, claiming it shares Snopes ownership with Bardav, Inc. The claim also states that the contract between the two remains valid. Proper Media asserts that Mikkelson has committed prior misdeeds that makes him unfit to own Snopes. So far, a judge has ruled in Snopes's favor against Proper Media on two separate issues. The ultimate outcome, however, remains to be seen.

Not every contract disagreement is aired publicly like this one. In fact, some California business owners quietly address their problems behind closed doors with nary a word to anyone outside their inner circles. In some cases, however, it's impossible to keep matters completely private, especially if there's a need to reach out to an experienced business law attorney for support.

Source: poynter.org, "Snopes won the first round in the battle for its site. Round two begins today.," Daniel Funke, Aug. 4, 2017


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