A lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nev. on November 4, alleges that the former owner of The Apothecary Shoppe embarked upon a campaign of jealous slander. The intention of the discourse, the suit states, was to financially harm the litigant.
Bringing the suit against Dr. Nick Spirtos is Essence founder Armen Yemenidjian, a one-time casino exec who is involved with three Nevada dispensaries.
- Yemenidjian alleges that The Apothecary Shoppe Owner accused him of criminal activity to other people, at Gov. Steve Sisolak’s inaugural ball. His suit states that Assembly Speaker John Oceguera was among those present when the accusations were made.
- Dr. Spirtos spoke ill of Yemenidjian, “because [the latter] has proven to be one of the most successful businessmen in the legal cannabis business,” according to the complaint. “Rather than own his failures, Spirtos has resorted to smearing and spreading lies against others to harm their existing and future business opportunities.” Yemenidjian won eight dispensary licenses in 2018 and is with a company that was acquired by GTI for $290M.
- Spirtos’s lawyer did not immediately respond to the Nevada Independent’s requests for comment.