Paul Christoforo, the former PR representative from Ocean Marketing that started the customer relations nightmare while he represented the Avenger Controller, is back in the news. In December of 2011, Christoforo got into a heated argument with a customer, “Dave”, through email over the lack of information regarding the release of the Avenger Controller. The conflict between the two eventually got to the point where “Dave” forwarded his conversation with Christoforo to Mike “Gabe” Krahulik, co-founder of Penny-Arcade.
Christoforo then came into contact with Krahulik who informed him that Ocean Marketing would lose their booth at the next Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). Christoforo tried to call his bluff, not believing that Krahulik was who he said he was. Throughout all of this Christoforo’s syntax was disjointed and his spelling sometimes incomprehensible.
After the email conversations were exposed on multiple gaming and news sites, Christoforo attempted to apologize to both “Dave” and Krahulik, as well as through a general press release. He asked that people not harass him anymore, as it was starting to affect his personal life in a negative way.
In April of 2012, when PAX East was in Boston, Christoforo tweeted he would get in, despite his ban. Though it is not clear on whether or not he actually made it in, Christoforo continued his feud with Krahulik.
Today Christoforo is attempting to strike back. We just received news that he has filed for damages against David Kotkin and his company, iControl Enterprises, in the San Diego County Superior Court in California. The full press release can be found below.
Stay tuned to Structure Gaming as we will keep you up to date on any further developments.
UPDATE: Added the court documents at the bottom of the post.
Paul Christoforo firm iControl (N-Control Avenger)
May 14, 2012
(San Diego, CA) Gaston & Gaston, a law firm located in San Diego, California, has filed a complaint for damages in Superior Court of the State of California, San Diego County, on behalf of Paul Christoforo, naming iCONTROL ENTERPRISES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company a/k/a Kotkin Enterprises, a/k/a N-CONTROL along with owner David Kotkin.
Matthew Faust, attorney for Mr. Christoforo, comments about the pre-trial release of court documents, “Typically we wouldn’t be making any statements or making documents public prior to going to court. But, in this case, with the publicity surrounding it, we felt it was important to come out now with certain points at this time. There are factual elements that have never been told to the media, while other items that have been reported are untrue.”
“We will show a different side to this story,” he continues. “Mr. Christoforo has an extensive trail of texts and emails that collaborate his assertions. He is anxious to get this information out to the public.”
The complaint includes allegations that iControl has withheld agreed upon contracted payments for commissioned sales and that, while taking advantage of an internet controversy, they defamed Mr. Christoforo with false statements, including that Mr. Christoforo was attempting to extort iControl and that he was a convicted wife-beater.
The allegations also point out that at the same time they were defaming Mr. Christoforo publicly, they were reaching out to him to bring him back as its leading salesman, but in a manner that no one would know by asking Mr. Christoforo to create a fake identity.
“We intend to show that iControl, the makers of the Avenger controller, knowingly took advantage of an internet controversy by publicly ‘throwing Mr. Christoforo under the bus’, knowing full well that the controversy started with their inability to meet promised deadlines”, claims Mr. Faust. “Their failure to meet those deadlines was an impetus that started a pressure situation. In order to divert attention and extricate themselves from their mess, they took advantage of Mr. Christoforo’s situation by publicly making false statements that painted Mr. Christoforo in an increasingly poor light. This is in addition to their unwillingness to pay earned commissions for contracted work.”
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