The co-founder and part owner of the Find Your Grind education platform filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against unspecified individuals he alleges have publicly made spurious claims, including that the online curriculum company exploits school districts to sell educational plans and merchandise.
Nick Gross’ still unofficial lawsuit was brought in Los Angeles Superior Court against the unidentified “Does” who he alleges have created attack websites to disparage and harm the drummer and the business.
Gross alleges defamation and both intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage. He seeks unspecified damages.
Gross’ biography on the Find Your Grind website states that he “empowers the world to think differently about its future” and that the site seeks to help the next generation “figure out what they were put on this planet to do, as well as giving them the tools to get there.”
Gross, who grew up in Laguna Beach and has been the drummer of the bands Open Air Stereo and Half the Animal, is the son of the co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Co., also known as Pimco.
According to the suit, an excerpt from an alleged outlaw website targeting Find Your Grind states that despite Gross’ “scruffy wardrobe and attempt to pass himself off as a rock star,” he “was raised in the lap of luxury in Orange County” thanks to his father’s success as an asset manager.
Another excerpt cited in the suit alleges that Find Your Grind maintains an alliance with Jostens, a maker of class rings, to exploit cash-strapped school districts to “peddle dubious educational plans and merchandise.”
The website also alleges that Gross was once sued by a former business partner who claimed he “looted” their partnership in part by using cash to “fund his lifestyle which includes illicit drug abuse and other similar habits.”
The suit further alleges that the same defendants are behind Twitter accounts used to “monitor and attack” the plaintiff, calling him a “rich boy” and “no model citizen.”
The false statements have caused Gross and Find Your Grind to lose business opportunities and likely will continue to do so in the future, the suit states.
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