Charney hit with temporary order
American Apparel Inc. was granted a temporary restraining order to prevent Dov Charney, its ousted chairman and chief executive, from criticizing the company or seeking to remove its board members.
Charney must follow the mandates of a deal reached with American Apparel last year in which he agreed to refrain from disparaging the company and its employees, or seeking to replace directors ahead of the annual meeting July 18, according to a filing in Delaware Chancery Court.
The board removed Charney as chairman and suspended him as CEO last June, citing evidence of inappropriate behavior with employees and misuse of company funds.
After being suspended as CEO, Charney teamed up with hedge fund Standard General to buy additional shares as he attempted a comeback.
As part of the standstill deal reached with both companies, Charney stepped down as a board member and agreed to a number of other restrictions, including not disparaging American Apparel.
But his comeback attempt failed, and he was fired as CEO in December.
Charney and his allies have filed a f lurry of legal actions in recent months, including defamation lawsuits against American Apparel and Standard General.
American Apparel filed suits of its own, accusing Charney of running a “scorched earth campaign” to regain control.
Stephen Brauerman, a lawyer for Charney, said his client intends to comply with the court order. The “order is preliminary and based on pleading we have not had an opportunity to fully challenge,” he wrote in a statement. “We do not believe this decision has any effect on the other litigation he has filed against the company.”