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BarFly Ventures Files $180K Lawsuit for Failed Delivery of Two HopCat Bars

Mark Sellers of BarFly Ventures has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago woodworking company.

HopCat Detroit.
HopCat Detroit.
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BarFly Ventures owner Mark Sellers has filed a lawsuit against Chicago woodworker Aaron Heineman alleging that Heineman took payment, but never delivered two bars custom-made bars to HopCat Detroit, according to MLive.

In the lawsuit, Sellers alleges that he paid a Heineman $60,000 deposit in September for a 70-foot first-floor bar, and a 40-foot second-floor bar. Under the agreement, both bars would be delivered and installed by December 1.

MLive reports that Sellers in seeking a trial by jury and asking $180,000 in damages, three times the initial deposit. Upon completion, BarFly would have paid Heineman an additional $40,000.

In the filing, Sellers alleges that BarFly terminated the contract after Heineman failed to provide status updates on November 11, and turned to another company to manufacture the bars for $30,000.

Heineman Bar Co. and BarFly Ventures have done business in the past, including manufacturing the bars for the original HopCat in Grand Rapids and Stella's Lounge. This year, Heineman is set to open BreakRoom Brewery in Chicago and the Discovery Channel is also expected to air a series about the woodworking company.


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