Swadley’s files suits against state of Oklahoma, former executive

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen, LLC, filed two legal documents Tuesday related to the investigation into the company’s business with the state of Oklahoma. One was a counterclaim to the state’s lawsuit against the company, and the other is a lawsuit against a former executive.

The lawsuit against former Swadley’s executive Curt Breuklander was filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.

In the court documents, Swadley’s claimed Breuklander was a “disgruntled” former employee who disparaged and defamed the business and its reputation by talking to the media in April 2022. When he spoke to media, Swadley’s claimed Breuklander alleged the business overcharged the state of Oklahoma as part of its tourism deal involving the Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen restaurants at state parks.

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Swadley’s also claimed Breuklander defamed the business, and that even if these allegations were true, Breuklander was the executive involved with implementing any agreements with the state.

The counterclaim suit against the state of Oklahoma alleged unjust enrichment, breach of contract, reformation, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, business disparagement and defamation.

Swadley’s is seeking consequential damages from the state of Oklahoma related to the state’s decision to end its contract with the business in April of this year.

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