NPA vs current & former board members update: Defendants summit motion to dismiss complaints

By Stephen Daniells

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Defendants in the case of the Natural Products Association versus current and former board members have filed a motion to dismiss an amended complaint against them.

NPA filed its first complaint against the 10 current and former board members on February 4, 2016 alleging they sought to “undermine the organization’s ability to do its work”​ by cooperating in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed by former CFO Brent Weickert. Motions to Dismiss this complaint were filed on March 3rd and 4th by nine of the defendants.

The association responded with an amended complaint on March 18. The amended complaint has now been countered by another motion to dismiss (dated April 4) for eight of the defendants. Nicholas Pascoe from Bear Foods Natural Market has filed a separate motion to dismiss.

Robert Craven, CEO of Food State, was the tenth of the current and former board members listed on the two NPA complaints. Craven told us last week that he was taking the charges very seriously, “especially given how hard I have worked to maintain high integrity in this industry. 

“I am hopeful that NPA will step back and consider the effect this suit may have on the reputation of the industry as a whole – and on the willingness of qualified, committed members to serve on the Board and ask hard questions about how best to achieve the mission of NPA.”

However, the case is not​ moving forward against him:  NPA has voluntarily dismissed its claims against Craven, according to court documents dated April 6.

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