Pulse Evolution’s executive chairman John Textor’s legal woes continue with Florida governor Rick Scott announcing Wednesday that he was hiring outside counsel to sue Digital Domain and “other parties” involved in a failed $20 million tax-incentive deal. The Orlando Sentinel states that the decision for outside counsel comes more than a year after Scott’s inspector general presented a report that states former Gov. Charlie Crist and legislative leaders went around the normal review process for incentives in order to push the $20 million economic development project through.
The report released by Inspector General Melinda Miguel in March 2013 outlines how Textor had originally approached Enterprise Florida and Crist’s economic development director Dale Brill with a pitch for $100 million in incentives to create 500 jobs in either Martin or Broward counties. However, Enterprise Florida only offered $6.1 million in incentives based on its return-on-investment requirements and Digital Domain’s “extremely weak” financial statements, leading former Rep. Kevin Ambler and Crist’s funded the project around Enterprise Florida through “proviso language.”
You can read more about this news at The Orlando Sentinel.
This news comes in light of the recent legal battle Textor and Hologram USA are having concerning the patent rights over the technology that created the lifelike Michael Jackson hologram for the Billboard Music Awards.
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