Weight Watchers sues tech companies for breach of contract

CHARLESTON -- Weight Watchers of West Virginia is suing Wye Oak Technology and its owner and 3 States Consulting and its owner for breach of contract. In 2006 Weight Watchers entered into a contract with David Stoffel of Wye Oak Technology and Michael Monaco of 3 States Consulting, according to a complaint filed March 5 in Kanawha Circuit Court. The contract was for the defendants to redesign the Weight Watchers tally sheet and associated software, create a password protected secure system, design an online support system, provide webmaster administration, provide training to Weight Watchers employees and design a business model design by Jan. 1, 2007, according to the suit. Weight Watchers claims the defendants did not render any services under the contract until early 2008, and even then the work product provided "fell below the standards set forth in the proposal." Throughout 2008, West Watchers sent numerous e-mails and made numerous phone calls to the defendants expressing dissatisfaction with the defendants' performance, according to the suit. Weight Watchers claims the defendants failed to provide the agreed upon goods and services. Weight Watchers is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Mary R. Weintraub is representing the company. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman. Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-421

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