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Suit claims company is responsible for debt

September 3, 2014

By Jennifer Hall, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

Sept. 03--A well-known restaurant chain, formerly headquartered in St. Joseph, and an executive were named in a federal lawsuit seeking more than $140,000.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that John Jarrett and Breadeaux's Pisa, Inc. attempted to evade payment of a settlement agreement when the company's name was changed to Breadeaux's Pisa, LLC.

Legacy Franchise, which operates Country Kitchen International in Wisconsin, alleges Breadeaux's Pisa, LLC., and John Jarrett defaulted on a settlement agreement. The plaintiffs are now requesting a judgment for $141,930.

Mr. Jarrett has ties to both Breadeaux's Pisa, LLC and Breadeaux's Pisa, Inc., two of the companies listed in the suit. The St. Joseph resident was once the president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Breadeaux's Pisa, Inc., also referred to as BPI.

BPI and Legacy had done business together for years until disputes arose over the co-branding of Country Kitchen and Breadeaux Pizza. The companies went to court and Legacy agreed to settle $180,000 worth of claims in 2010 against BPI and Mr. Jarrett for $70,000.

That same year, court documents state Mr. Jarrett was personally involved in the sale of BPI to Breadeaux's Pisa, LLC, also known as BPL.

Legacy believes the sale of BPI to BPL was an attempt to defraud the company from fulfilling its monetary obligation. According to the original agreement, BPI and Mr. Jarrett are now responsible for $141,930 of the the original $180,000 claim.

Shortly after the sale of BPI, the company was dissolved as an Iowa corporation because the registered agent resigned and BPI failed to maintain one. In Missouri, where BPI was registered to do business, the company was administratively canceled.

Legacy claims in its lawsuit that it would be a reasonable assumption that BPL is carrying on businesses as BPI.

Mr. Jarrett was unable to be reached for comment. Attorney Brendan McPherson with Polsinelli, the firm representing Legacy, declined to comment on the case.

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