By AMANDA VINCENT
Luke and Charis Burrett and their companies Panic Switch and One Punch Distribution filed a lawsuit in against NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch and his company Silver Lining Apparel Company on Oct. 7 in Orange County (Calif.) Court. In the suit, the Burretts claim Busch backed out on a promotional deal with their companies and also badmouthed them to NASCAR, making it impossible for them to strike deals with other drivers, according to a report by the Courthouse News Service.
Charis Burrett is the sister of Busch’s fiance, Ashley Van Metre, and reportedly introduced the two.
The Burretts are being represented by attorney Anthony Duffy of Irvine, Calif., and seek restitution and punitive damages for 10 causes of action, including breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices.
According to the Burretts, Busch approached them in 2012 “to expand his brand and his recognition” in exchange for introducing their companies, specializing in racing clothing, to the NASCAR community.
The Burretts also claim that Busch convinced them to focus solely on NASCAR-related apparel. Later, Busch bought 25 percent of the two companies, loaned it $300,000 to pay for a licensing contract with Monster Energy, and a line of clothing called, “Outlaw” was developed. Busch’s nickname in NASCAR is “Outlaw,” and the new clothing line featured Busch’s likeness.
According to the suit, Busch then signed contracts with competitors, some of them selling merchandise based on designs created and proprietary to the Burretts.
The Burretts also claim Busch’s domestic violence scandal from 2014 also cost Panic Switch and One Punch Distribution business.
Busch’s attorney told TMZ Sports that “the complaint makes reckless allegations which are totally without merit.”
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