Former Napster CEO Sues Best Buy

Chris Gorog filed a suit against the company Thursday, alleging that Best Buy did not honor his severances agreement.

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As if Best Buy wasn't dealing with enough, the big-box retailer is now being sued by former Napster CEO Chris Gorog. The suit was filed Thursday in Minnesota's U.S. District Court.

According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Gorog's suit alleges that Best Buy didn't honor his severance agreement and attempted to short-change him when it sold Napster to competitor Rhapsody in 2011.

Gorog acquired the near-bankrupt Napster in 2002 and turned the free—and as many will remember, copyright-violating—music sharing site into a legitimate business with more than $100 million in sales, according to the business journal report. Best Buy purchased Napster for $121 million in 2008 and Gorog became a company employee.

The Pioneer Press reported that after joining Best Buy, Gorog claims he was unhappy to find that many Best Buy executives weren't interested in growing Napster. So he began what he called "an amicable process of separation," which included a pro-rated severance package.

The suit does not detail the amount of money allegedly owed to Gorog. Best Buy, Gorog and Gorog's attorneys did not comment on the suit.

Richfield Patch will update readers as more information becomes available.


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