The owner of the Bigarade company is once again in hot water as a bank has just filed a new civil lawsuit against her, claiming nearly $ 90,000 in loans that it has not repaid.
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According to this lawsuit filed at the Montreal courthouse last week, entrepreneur Geneviève Allard-Lorange should a total of $ 87,920.06 to the Business Development Bank of Canada, for three loans made between 2016 and 2019.
The Bigarade company, which prides itself on producing eco-friendly local bedding and which started selling masks during the pandemic, would have stopped its payments to the bank “for several months”, indicates the court document.
However, despite a formal notice on October 20, the Bank still has not seen the color of its money, even if the businesswoman “did[a] never denied owing the sums claimed ”, we can read.
The company and its owner had already made headlines this summer because the company was unable to supply on demand, so thousands of customers never received the masks they ordered. without being reimbursed.
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Among them, the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest would have received only 7,500 of the 30,000 masks ordered, even if the establishment had already paid the bill of $ 241,447, underlines another lawsuit, filed in August.
Dominic Gagnon, a Montreal entrepreneur who allegedly provided financial and entrepreneurial support to Bigarade, also filed a lawsuit against the company this summer, claiming nearly $ 400,000 for its unpaid work.
Many management problems, refusal of payments and difficult working conditions had also surfaced, reported by employees who denounced the climate of fear and manipulation created by the owner.
The company finally announced its closure, after several complaints and lawsuits.
The newspaper was unable to reach the businesswoman about the new lawsuit on Thursday.
Geneviève Allard-Lorange was passing through J.E. Thursday evening to try to explain what happened with his company, which had the wind in its sails at the start of the pandemic.
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