Giordano's Owners Target Advisers In $128M Suit

Law360, New York (August 4, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT) -- The owners of Chicago pizzeria Giordano's Enterprises Inc. filed a $128 million suit Wednesday in Illinois against several company franchisees, its ex-chief financial officer, its lawyers and officials at Fifth Third Bank for allegedly conspiring to push them out and force GEI into bankruptcy.

In a 72-page complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court, John and Eva Apostolou, who have owned the business since 1988, said they were misled by their trusted advisers, ex-CFO B. Allen Aynessazian and attorney James Roche, who coordinated a plot to...
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