Don Buchla, right, is taking the current owners of the Buchla Electronic Musical Instrument brand, Audio Supermarket Pty., to court.
According to a report by Fact:
Buchla alleges he was promised $440,000 for the sale of the company, but has been paid less than $110,000 so far. It also alleges that the defendants breached the Asset Purchase Agreement of Buchla & Associates by “failing to use reasonable business efforts to reach sales targets.”
The lawsuit is attempting to regain the original company’s assets, intellectual property and confirmed purchase orders back to Buchla, as well as seeking compensation for damages.
Don Buchla originally formed his electronic music instrument company in 1962, and worked with composers Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender, of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, to create an electronic instrument for live performance.
In 2013, Buchla’s company was acquired by a group of investors, who announced a new company, Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments, with Buchla as the Chief Technology Officer.
Court filing details are available at the JUSTIA site:
- Plaintiff: Donald Buchla
- Defendant: Buchla Electronic Musical Instrument, LLC, Audio Supermarket Pty. LTD., Danny Olesh, Michael Marans, Lewis Chiodo and John Fuller
- Case Number: 3:2015cv00921
- Filed: February 27, 2015
- Court: California Northern District Court
- Office: San Francisco Office
- County: Alameda
- Presiding Judge: Elizabeth D. Laporte
- Nature of Suit: Contract: Other
- Cause of Action: 28:1332 Diversity-Breach of Contract
- Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff
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