FORT LAUDERDALE – Multaply Inc. is facing a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleges the company’s shareholders were involved in unlawful business practices.
Eric Noveshen filed the May 31 complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Multaply Inc., its subsidiary Microvu Inc., and majority shareholders John J. Boyle (Jack) and his son, John Boyle III. Other defendants include Boyle’s wife, Katie Kroll Boyle, employee David Kluver and Noveshen’s former girlfriend, Margaret Welter.
The suit alleges the Boyles were involved in a scheme promising “significant remuneration” to a current or prospective employee, then terminating the employee and “keeping all of the riches from the employee’s hard work.” It also alleges they started a smear campaign against the employee. Novenshen accuses Welter of sharing defamatory information that led to his May 2015 termination.
According to the suit, Novenshen started working as an independent contractor for Multaply in August 2013 and paid under an agreement until December 2014. As a contractor he structured the corporation, wrote corporate documents and helped developed the businesses. He also reportedly led the acquisition of MicroVu.
After the acquisition, he became an officer of MicroVu in January 2015. John and Jack Boyle promised to begin paying Noveshen $250,000 a year to run the MicroVu division, according to the complaint. While employed, Welter reportedly began making false abuse allegations to “unlawfully take custody” of their children. The allegations were reportedly proven false in court, but she began a smear campaign to harm Noveshen’s business and personal relationships, as well as his financial interests.
The suit also alleges that the Boyles were involved in unlawful business practices, including money laundering. According to the complaint, Novenshen refused to create false documents to “obtain money and property under false pretenses.”
“After Jack Boyle and John Boyle were informed of the aforementioned unlawful and/or criminal acts, the plaintiff was terminated in retaliation,” the suit said.
The suit claims the Boyles “have a long history of wrongfully treating and terminating employees.” They were reportedly sued by a former employee for breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichments and violating the Virginia Antitrust Act, which led to a judge\ment against Jack Boyle for hundreds of thousands of dollars.