A Santa Barbara farmer has filed a racketeering lawsuit against another local farmer, alleging the rival operator defrauded her and stole her property.
Marijuana Business Daily
- The 26-page lawsuit against Vertical filed by Francine Shulman, 66, presents 25 different counts of alleged criminal behavior, with charges that include conspiracy, racketeering, breach of contract, and elder financial abuse.
- In a statement, Vertical shot back that Shulman had been ordered to participate in arbitration related to the lawsuit that Vertical had filed against her the day prior to Shulman filing her (RICO) suit. “We believe that this action is an attempt to transform a non-newsworthy, typical business dispute into sensational allegations of a wide-reaching conspiracy, with the intent of making salacious allegations of criminal conduct in public court filings,” said Vertical President Smoke Wallin.