Papa John’s International Inc.’s founder John Schnatter is taking his first legal action against the pizza chain since relations with his board of directors began crumbling months ago.
Schnatter, who owns 29% of Papa John’s PZZA, -0.51% and is a director, filed a complaint against Papa John’s in a Delaware court on Thursday alleging that the company failed to disclose documents he requested related to his resignation as chairman.
A spokeswoman for Papa John’s said the company believes it has given him all of the documents he is entitled to as a director.
Schnatter, 56, said he requested communication records among board members, which he said will show that directors were planning to terminate his chairmanship and his lease agreement to work from corporate headquarters before they formed a special committee to address allegations against him, according to the filing. Schnatter said he has a right to view such records because he’s a director, according to the court document. Schnatter agreed to resign as chairman earlier this month at the request of the board, following reports that he used a racial slur in a marketing meeting.
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