A lawsuit involving the owners of two former Fairborn businesses is escalating.
The owner of the former Grind House Coffee & Tea Company shop has counter-sued the owners of the former Inside Scoop Ice Cream Shop, claiming they intentionally sabotaged his business.
The counter-lawsuit was filed Friday, Sept. 14 as part of a Greene County Common Pleas Court civil lawsuit filed July 31. In that original suit, the owners of the former ice cream shop at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn claimed that Grind House Coffee & Tea Company’s owner engaged in fraud and defamation to take over their shop's retail space in downtown Fairborn.
In the counter-lawsuit, Grind House Coffee owner William Miller denies those allegations and instead claims that Inside Scoop owners Robin Joseph and Clinton Allen misled him about various aspects of their business and deliberately cast him in a false light.
“The false light created by (the ice cream shop’s owners) was not only highly offensive, but resulted in the complete collapse of (Miller’s) business operation in Fairborn,” and it resulted in Miller and the shop’s employees “receiving threats, boycotts, vandalism of their business front, and outright intimidation,” the lawsuit says.
The counter-lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of at least $25,000, punitive damages of twice the amount of compensatory damages, and an injunction requiring the ice cream shop’s owners “to cease their invasion of privacy” against Miller and his business, the lawsuit says.
Grind House Coffee’s owner acknowledged that the owners of The Inside Scoop reached out to him in early January 2018 about the possibility of Grind House setting up a coffee stand inside The Inside Scoop. But the owner denied the vast majority of The Inside Scoop’s lawsuit claims, including one that he indicated to the Greene County Public Health agency that he was the new owner of the business.
Robin Joseph and Clinton Allen said in their lawsuit that Miller misled them and local government agencies in order to "take over The Inside Scoop's ice cream shop business.”
They are seeking $25,000 in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. The case has been assigned to Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter.
After opening their ice cream shop on Kaufman Avenue in 2011, The Inside Scoop relocated to 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn in July 2014.
Grind House Coffee was started in 2015 as an online-only retailer.
On April 23, 2018, Grind House Coffee held its official grand opening as a stand-alone coffee shop, inside the former building of The Inside Scoop. Three months later, the coffee shop abruptly closed.
Miller then opened a new Grind House location inside the Huber Heights Meijer store. The shop’s grand opening was held on Aug. 1.