Lawsuit dismissed against Warner Robins restaurant owner

jmink@macon.comJanuary 1, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- A lawsuit against a Warner Robins restaurant owner has been dismissed, according to court documents.

Momma G’s Inc. filed a civil lawsuit June 13 in federal court in Macon against William K. “Kip” Kirk, alleging the Kathleen man used trade secret information from the restaurant company to open Kip’s Korner at 101 Hospital Drive. The lawsuit was dismissed Oct. 10 by both the plaintiff and the defendant, according to court documents.

Without admitting any wrongdoing, the parties “amicably settled the case,” said Sam Alderman, a Macon attorney representing Kirk.

Kirk owned both Momma Goldberg’s Deli and Kip’s Korner in Warner Robins, and the lawsuit listed him as the sold shareholder of Fortune Group Inc., which held a franchise agreement with Alabama-based Momma G’s Inc. for the operation of Momma Goldberg’s Deli. Kirk no longer owns Momma Goldberg’s Deli, which is operating under new ownership. He still owns and operates Kip’s Korner, he said.

Relinquishing ownership of Momma Goldberg’s was not part of the dismissal agreement, Kirk said. It was simply in his best interest to give up the reins of that restaurant, he said.

Among other reasons, Kirk said he gave up ownership of the restaurant because he would not associate with a franchise that “sues you instead of supporting you,” adding the case was dropped because “they didn’t have anything to prove.”

Attorneys representing Momma G’s Inc. could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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