George Gregan celebrates with the Bledisloe Cup in Sydney in 2002.
Former Wallabies Captain George Gregan has been accused of “cowardly and reprehensible behavior” in legal proceedings involving a sport startup.
PTP founder Alexander Goldberg claimed that Gregan and former Waratahs player Matthew Dixon “had devised a plan” to remove him from the fitness equipment company, including resistance bands, yoga mats, and fitness balls. Goldberg has instituted legal proceedings against this claim.
Gregan, Goldberg and Dixon are directors of Fitness Systems United, which acts as PTP Fitness and generates around $ 20 million in annual sales.
PTP Fitness was founded by Goldberg in 2010 and attracted an investment from his brother-in-law Dixon, who became a partner in the company before Gregan was initially hired as an ambassador for a $ 20,000 annual fee.
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However, the relationship between the business partners fell apart and Goldberg started legal proceedings before the Supreme Court against Dixon and Gregan disputes the shareholders’ agreement.
In that case, the judgment was given in favor of Dixon and Gregan and the costs were sentenced against Goldberg. Goldberg then initiated separate proceedings in the Supreme Court against PTP, Dixon and Gregan who demanded oppressive behavior, and Fitness Systems started its own proceedings in the Federal Court against Goldberg claiming breach of management duties.
Goldberg’s claims against Dixon and Gregan were set out in a letter from a lawyer sent last October and seen by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald claiming that the couple had pushed him out of the startup he had set up.
“Mr. Dixon and Mr. Gregan devised a plan to get rid of Mr. Goldberg and then dilute his shares after a fabricated accusation of serious misconduct … when Mr. Goldberg breached Gregan’s approval of his consent agreement revealed “, the letter said.
Goldberg claimed that Gregan had violated his contract by subscribing to the “main international competitor” TRX of the startup and increasing his earnings from an ambassador fee to PTP to a salary of $ 200,000 and a car allowance of $ 12,500.
Goldberg claimed that he was wrongly terminated after Dixon and Gregan intended to “drop the hammer on him.”
“The way Dixon and Gregan implemented their plan can only be described as cowardly and reprehensible,” the letter said.
Goldberg was fired at 4.33 pm on the day before Goldberg’s partner was scheduled to have a baby via caesarean section.
A source of the company who wanted to remain anonymous said the dismissal process took several months and was delayed at Goldberg’s request.
The letter claims that Dixon had “severe stress and anxiety” at the time of the resignation.
A spokesperson for Gregan and Dixon said they defended the proceedings.
“As directors and shareholders of [PTP] Fitness Systems, George Gregan and Matthew Dixon have always exercised their powers and duties in the best interest of the company and in accordance with the law and responsible and ethical corporate governance. This will be demonstrated in pending lawsuits “
Directions to the Supreme Court of Australia are on February 10, 2020.