Tommy Chong and the comic’s son have reached a settlement with a licensing company that sued the pair alleging they cut them out of the profits generated from a marketing plan the plaintiffs established to sell marijuana products and accessories.
Evergreen Licensing LLC and its founder, Brian Vecchio, named Tommy and Paris Chong as defendants in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, along with Jon-Paul Cowen, described in the complaint as a business associate of the Chongs.
On Friday, Judge Robert S. Draper vacated the scheduled Oct. 11 trial date for the case. The terms of the accord were not revealed in court papers announcing the settlement that were filed by the plaintiffs on Aug. 25.
Chong, now 84, was chosen to help market the Evergreen project because he is a “well-known and longtime proponent of the legalization and responsible use of cannabis,” the suit filed in April 2018 stated.
CBS LOS ANGELES APRIL 2018
Breach And Chong: Lawsuit Alleges Legendary Pot Booster Made Joint Marketing Project Profits Go Up In Smoke
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A marijuana marketing company is harshing Tommy Chong’s mellow, accusing the longtime pot advocate of cutting them out of profits and hacking their social media accounts.
Evergreen Licensing LLC sued the “Up In Smoke” actor and his son Paris Chong in Los Angeles Friday. According to court papers, Evergreen, which describes itself as “a brand building and acquiring company focused on the emerging cannabis industry,” is seeking unspecified damages on allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and unjust enrichment stemming from a plan to market marijuana products, City News Service reports.
The suit alleges that after three years and $1 million Evergreen spent on the joint venture, Chong, his son and business associate Jon-Paul Cowen devised a scheme to “take it all away, even hacking into Evergreen’s Gmail account in order to misappropriate social media sites that plaintiffs created for the project,” according to CNS.
The suit from Evergreen founder Brian Vecchio goes on to say the company believed Chong was a “trustworthy, pot-smoking, laid back, good guy,” but found out he was “anything but that type [of] individual in his business dealings with them.”
A 2015 photo on Evergreen’s Facebook page shows someone who appears to be Vecchio with his arm around Chong