Chiropractor sued by former business partner over alleged non-payment

By Louisiana Record reports | Oct 13, 2014

GRETNA – A chiropractor is being sued by the clinic he formerly leased space from for allegedly not paying all that he owed before vacating the premises and using the office’s likeness on his new website.

Absolute Wellness Inc., Ricco Impastato and Rhonda Impastato filed suit against Dennis Russo Jr. and Russo Chiropractic Clinic Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 15.

Absolute Wellness Inc. and the Impastatos contend they entered into a verbal contract with Russo in which they would provide a space for his office within theirs and allow him to use their rehab equipment and facilities as well as computer, office equipment and services in exchange for 50 percent of the gross income from Russo’s practice. The plaintiffs claim their office personnel would collect payments for the defendant’s patients and at the end of the month Russo would provide them with a check for his portion of the expenses.

On May 14, Absolute Wellness Inc. and the Impastatos allege that without notice Russo told them he would be moving his practice on May 29. The plaintiffs claim they were entitled to a portion of all of Russo’s income at the clinic through his final day, but that he failed to provide the payment. In addition, the plaintiff claim Russo set up a website immediately after leaving their building including photos of the inside of their offices.

The defendant is accused of fraud and bad faith.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for monies owed, legal fees and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Salvador M. Brocato III of the Metairie-based Law Office of Salvador M. Brocato III.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 741-357.

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