Trustify Damage Control Law Suit

What happens when you hear that the Washingtonian is going to do an article and you feel that the facts may damage your business? Well if you’re Danny Boice you hire Dini Von Mueffling Consulting to clean up your image. What happens when you can’t do good business so you require a company to do Trustify Damage Control?  According to the suit:

the magazine The Washingtonian was going to do a big take down of Mr. Boice and Trustify. DVM spent dozens of hours in interviewing crisis firms, working with a new defamation attorney on Mr. Boice’s behalf, working with the company’s CMO who recently resigned over ethical issues, and crafting messaging for the lawyer to relay to the Editor in Chief of the magazine successfully shut down the worst elements of the story.

Law Suit – Dini Von Mueffling versus Danny Boice 

You scare the Washingtonian into transforming a journalistic article into a rambling pointless piece of trash.

What happens when you rack up over $200 thousand dollars in bills and don’t pay Dinni Von Mueffling? They sue you.

Of note is another quote from the complaint:

21. DVM’s good faith began to rupture when, on October 15, 2018, Mr. Boice sent DVM’s principal a fake and intentionally falsified receipt purporting to be from bill.com and showing that Invoices #694 and 710 (referenced above) had been paid on September 1 and October 1, 2018, respectively.

What happens when Dini Von Mueffling lies down with dogs? They get flee-bitten unpaid invoices.  See this filing of a lawsuit against Danny Boice and Trustify

You get a Trustify Damage Control lawsuit. Dini Von Mueffling claims that Trustify Damage Control racked up over $200 thousand in fees.

Danny, some advice, the best way to avoid having to engage a firm to convince the world your company is not a dumpster fire is to not be a dumpster fire. (by the way, did you notice the damning phrase in the quote from the suit? “working with the company’s CMO who recently resigned over ethical issues?”)

Dini, want some advice on how to get compensated for work? Choose better clients (by the way, DMV represents a pretend VC and actual know-nothing Alexandra Stanton. Yes, that same Alexandra Stanton who sings the praise of Trustify.


 

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NEW YORK

DINI VON MUEFFLING CONSULTING, LLC,

Plaintiff,

-against-

DANIEL BOICE,

Defendant.

COMPLAINT

Plaintiff Dini von MuefflingCommunications, LLC (“DVM”), as and for its Complaint against Defendant Daniel Boice hereby alleges as follows:

  1. Defendant Daniel Boice is a Founder and owner of an online private investigator platform called Trustify(www.trustify.info) (“Trustify”).
  2. Upon information and belief, Mr. Boice is a domiciliary of Virginia, located at 200 12th Street S., Arlington, Virginia22202.
  3. DVM is a domestic limited liability company with offices in Manhattan.
  4. DVM is a highly respected, award-winning full-service boutique public relations firm which includes crisis management.
  5. Mr. Boice (and Trustify)has had a long history of public relations issues requiring an incisive public relations and crisis management team.
  6. On or about July 30, 2018, pursuant to a written contract, Mr. Boice retained DVM to perform public relations services (the “Contract”).
  7. The Contract provided for DVM to provide public relations services to Mr. Boice and Trustify for fifteen thousand($15,000.00) per month.
  8. The first such payment was to be made simultaneously with the execution of the Contract.
  9. Invoice #694 in the amount of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) was emailed to Mr. Boiceon July 30, 2018.
  10. In spite of numerous oral and written reminders and demands, no portion of this Invoice has been paid.
  11. Invoice #710 in the amount of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) was emailed to Mr. Boice on September 1, 2018.
  12. In spite of numerous oral and written reminders and demands, no portion of this Invoice has been paid.
  13. Invoice #731 in the amount of fifteen thousand one hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-three cents ($15,152.63) was emailed to Mr. Boice on October 1, 2018.1
  14. In spite of numerous oral and written reminders and demands,no portion of this Invoice has been paid.
  15. Invoice #750 in the amount of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) was emailed to Mr. Boice on November 1, 2018.
  16. In spite of numerous oral and written reminders and demands, no portion of this Invoice has been paid.
  17. Between August 1, 2018, and November 5, 2018, DVM provided a massive amount of public relations services, social media strategy, and nonprofit initiatives, as well as extensive crisis management to Mr. Boice – always with the absolute promise that DVM would be paid.
  18. By way of limited example, the magazine The Washingtonian was going to do a big takedown of Mr. Boice and Trustify. DVM spent dozens of hours in interviewing crisis firms, working with a new defamation attorney on Mr. Boice’s behalf, working with the company’s CMO who recently resigned over ethical issues, and crafting messaging for the lawyer to relay to the Editor in Chief of the magazine successfully shut down the worst elements of the story.
  19. DVM always worked in good faith.
  20. DVM secured pending press for Mr. Boice in such prominent publications and outlets as Fast Company, Bloomberg, CNN, CBS This Morning and many more.
  21. DVM’s good faith began to rupture when, on October 15, 2018, Mr. Boice sent DVM’s principal a fake and intentionally falsified receipt purporting to be from bill.com and showing that Invoices #694 and 710 (referenced above) had been paid on September 1 and October 1, 2018, respectively.
  22. Neither these nor any of the 4 Invoices were paid.
    AS AND FOR A FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION (Breach of Contract)
  23. DVM repeats and realleges each of the foregoing paragraphs as though fully set forth herein.
  24. The Contract constitutes a fully valid and binding contract, fully enforceable pursuant to law.
  25. DVM fully performed pursuant to the Contract.
  26. Invoices were sent by DVM in a timely fashion and were always pursued.
  27. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Contract was breached by Mr. Boice.
  28. Accordingly, DVM is owed sixty thousand one hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-three cents ($15,152.63).
  29. The Term of the Contract is twelve (12) months.
  30. In the event of early termination by Mr. Boice, the remaining payments due under the Contract for the entirety of the Term “accelerate and become immediately due and payable.”
  31. As a direct and proximate result of the foregoing, DVM has been damaged in an amount to be proven at trial, but in no event less than one hundred and eighty thousand one hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-three cents ($180,152.63).
    AS AND FOR A FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
    (Account Stated)
  32. DVM repeats and realleges each of the foregoing paragraphs as though fully set forth herein.
  33. Mr. Boice did not protest when either of the Invoices referenced above were emailed to him.
  34. Mr. Boice did not protest when he heard any of the numerous oral and written complaints from DVM concerning non-payment of the invoices.
  35. Quite the opposite, understanding plainly that there was a debt due, Mr. Boice went so far as to falsify and fake purported receipts of payment.
  36. As a direct and proximate result of the foregoing, DVM has been damaged in the amount of sixty thousand one hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-three cents ($60,152.63).

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Dini Von Mueffling Communications, LLC hereby demands judgment against Defendant Daniel Boice as follows:

On the first cause of action in an amount to be proven at trial but in no event less than one hundred and eighty thousand one hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-three cents ($180,152.63), together with attorney’s fees as provided by the Contract, and statutory interest; and

On the second cause of action in the amount of sixty thousand one hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-three cents ($60,152.63), together with attorney’s fees as provided by the Contract, and statutory interest; and

Such other and further relief as to this Court seems just and proper.

Dated: New York, New York
November 8, 2018

Yours, etc

M W MOODY LLC
By: Mark Warren Moody
43 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036

To:

Daniel Boice
c/o Trustify
200 12th Street S.
Arlington, Virginia 22202