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Blank Rome pursuing $100K of allegedly unpaid legal fees from Bryn Mawr coffee company

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 1, 2018


PHILADELPHIA – Law firm Blank Rome is pursuing litigation against a Bryn Mawr coffee company that it says breached a settlement agreement over unpaid legal fees and has refused to rectify it.

Blank Rome, LLP of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 22 versus HubBub Coffee Company, LLC, of Bryn Mawr.

According to the lawsuit, Blank Rome provided intellectual property and corporate legal services for both HubBub and another entity known as Switchboard Coffee, LLC. After both HubBub and Switchboard allegedly failed and refused to pay their legal fees, Blank Rome initiated action to recover them in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 30.

On April 11, 2017, the parties entered into a settlement agreement under the following terms: HubBub was to pay Blank Rome $80,000, comprised of $5,000 up-front, $5,000 in monthly installments spanning April to November 2017, with the remaining $35,000 to be paid on Dec. 29, 2017. Furthermore, if the full amount was not paid by Dec. 29, Blank Rome would be entitled to receive another $30,000, thereby increasing the settlement total to $110,000, the suit says.

“After HubBub paid the initial $5,000 to Blank Rome at the time it executed the settlement agreement, HubBub’s $5,000 check for the payment due April 28, 2017 was returned due to insufficient funds, and did not clear until May 15, 2017. HubBub’s $5,000 check for the May 31, 2017 payment was not received until June 14, 2017, and was also returned due to insufficient funds,” per the complaint.

To date, HubBub has allegedly not paid Blank Rome the $5,000 monthly installments due from May to November 2017, nor the final installment of $35,000 due on Dec. 29, 2017 – constituting a breach of the settlement agreement. As a result, Blank Rome says it is contractually entitled to immediate payment of an additional $30,000.

For breach of contract, the plaintiff is seeking damages of $100,000, plus interest, attorney’s fees, costs and such other relief as the Court deems equitable and just.

The plaintiff is represented by John P. Wixted and Naomi Zwillenberg of Blank Rome, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180202271

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