Judge dismisses Zocdoc co-founder’s lawsuit

A New York state judge last month tossed a lawsuit by Zocdoc’s co-founder and former CEO alleging several executives still at the company forced him out of his role.

Although Cyrus Massoumi argued Zocdoc’s principal place of business is New York, the judge ruled the case must be brought in Delaware, where the company is incorporated.

Massoumi in September sued three company leaders—Oliver Kharraz, co-founder, CEO and member of the board; Netta Samroengraja, chief business officer; and Nikhil Ganju, co-founder and member of the board—accusing them of alleged fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Massoumi alleged the trio had organized an “elaborate, multi-step scheme” to oust him from his leadership role in 2015.

In the complaint, Massoumi also argued that he should be reinstalled as the company’s CEO, alleging that Zocdoc was not as successful since his departure.

Zocdoc, a privately held company that lets patients book appointments with participating providers online, has denied claims in the lawsuit.

“We’ve always maintained that this was a meritless lawsuit, and we are pleased the New York State Supreme Court put an end to it so quickly,” a Zocdoc spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. “Zocdoc’s future is strong and our team remains focused on furthering our mission to give power to the patient.”

A spokesperson for Massoumi said he intends to appeal the court’s decision.

Source: modernhealthcare.com

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