WARNER ROBINS -- A lawsuit against a Warner Robins restaurant owner has been dismissed, according to court documents.
Momma Gs 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 Kips 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 Goldbergs Deli and Kips 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 Gs Inc. for the operation of Momma Goldbergs Deli. Kirk no longer owns Momma Goldbergs Deli, which is operating under new ownership. He still owns and operates Kips Korner, he said.
Relinquishing ownership of Momma Goldbergs 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 didnt have anything to prove.
Attorneys representing Momma Gs 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.