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NextGen Sciences Enters Default in Suit Over Unpaid Wages

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NextGen Sciences has entered default in a suit filed by six former employees alleging that the company and its officers Leif Hamoe and Thomas Borcholte failed to pay them wages owed for the period Aug. 1, 2012, through Oct. 10, 2012, totaling $115,002 (PM 1/11/2013).

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan filed an entry of default last month after the company and Hamoe failed to plead or defend themselves in the suit. Both were served with papers on Dec. 18, 2012.

According to their complaint, the plaintiffs are seeking judgment against the defendants, "jointly and severally, in an amount in excess of $75,000 together with exemplary and statutory damages and their actual costs and attorney fees."

The plaintiffs said in their complaint that in June 2012 the defendants told them that payroll would not be met, and June compensation was not paid until July. July compensation was then not paid until August.

No compensation was paid for August or September, the plaintiffs alleged, noting that they "continued providing services" during these months "in reliance upon the representations and assurances of defendants that they would receive compensation for their services at their contractual rates."

They were then laid off in mid- October, and have yet to be paid the compensation owed them, they said.

In October, NextGen Sciences' parent company NextGen Group announced that due to an inability to secure additional financing it would likely take steps to wind down its business unless it was able in the near future to find a buyer for NextGen Sciences.

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