Berkeley Patients Group faces countersuit by Maine group

September 15th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Berkeley Patients Group, one of the city’s oldest dispensaries, is being sued and stands to lose more than half a million dollars in loans it provided to a medical marijuana group it helped establish in Maine.

Non-profit Northeast Patients Group, based in Maine, filed a countersuit Aug. 15 in response to a lawsuit the Berkeley group filed against it and its current executive director, Rebecca DeKeuster.

DeKeuster, who had been with the Berkeley group since 2004, was sent in November 2009 to help establish the Northeast group and receive state approval for the creation of dispensaries.

According to Charles Remmel of Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman, the law firm representing the Berkeley group in the proceedings, the countersuit alleges the group did not provide Northeast with enough startup funds.

DeKeuster assumed her position as Northeast’s executive director in June 2010.

“(DeKeuster) was employed by BPG and was sent out to see if she could get this operation going because some of the BPG people are from Maine, and they wanted to see if this could work,” Remmel said.

In its lawsuit, Berkeley Group alleges that DeKeuster “acted with the intent to prevent the execution of the contracts and loan documents and to mislead BPG” and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which granted the company permission to dispense medical marijuana.

The Berkeley group is suing DeKeuster for entering into a contract with a competing party.

The Berkeley dispensary has accused DeKeuster and Northeast of non-repayment of debt, unjust enrichment and use of confidential information, while DeKeuster is

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