Solar Power Company CEO Sued by His Own Lawyers
A legal storm brews.
Funny thing about lawyers.
If you don't pay them, they can sue you really, really easily because they are lawyers and kinda sorta trained to do that type of stuff.
Miami resident Christopher Quinn, however, didn't quite seem to have this epiphany, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
Hollywood law firm Gilbert and Caddy, P.A., is bringing Quinn -- CEO of Miami-based Electron Solar Energy -- in front of a judge, claiming he stiffed the practice out of $25,867.59 in legal work.
The lawyers say that Quinn didn't "pay a reasonable fee for services rendered" in 2009, Broward County Civil Court filings indicate.
Those reasonable fees, in case you're wondering: $105 an hour for a junior associate, $300 an hour for a junior partner, and a whopping 350 bucks an hour for a full-fledged partner at the firm.
The filing doesn't say why Quinn got lawyered up in the first place.
But this certainly isn't the first time Quinn -- or his once-promising company -- has gotten legal flak.
Quinn, in the eyes of many Electron customers, repeatedly wouldn't deliver on promises to install solar systems after collecting thousands of dollars to do the jobs. Some say they had to get lawyers to pressure Quinn to finish simple tasks. Others have even called him a "crook."
Also, the publicly traded company -- for which little up-to-date information exists -- doesn't look like it's as good at filing quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission as it is at collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors.
Quinn not only refused to talk about the case but wouldn't confirm basic information about his company.
After agreeing that his company was publicly traded, Quinn refused to confirm any other basic info, like its stock symbol (ESRG).
"I don't know what you're talking about," he said.
After asking how, as CEO, he didn't know about stock symbols, this Pulp reporter explained that stock symbols are typically made up of several letters and serve as a sort of shorthand to refer to publicly traded companies -- such his company, Electron.
Quinn backtracked, saying that he did, in fact, know what stock symbols are but still wouldn't budge on confirming Electron's ticker symbol.
He said that the questions would be promptly answered by a company spokesman.
When asked why, as CEO, he couldn't just confirm the company's stock symbol, Quinn said that he preferred for the "appropriate person" to field media questions, because answering them himself was out of his "comfort zone."
The Pulp is waiting for the spokesman to call back.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss New Times Broward-Palm Beach's biggest stories.