Epik CEO Brian Royce has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against him, as the company denies it defrauded a customer out of $327,000 in a botched domain purchase.
Royce was named alongside Epik companies and former CEO Rob Monster in a legal complaint last month by customer Matthew Adkisson, who had tried to buy the domain nourish.com through Epik’s escrow service.
But Royce says he should be removed from the list of defendants because he wasn’t employed by Epik when the deal was inked last May. He became CEO in September 2022, after Monster stepped aside.
The motion to dismiss was filed as the companies — Epik, parent Epik Holdings, and sister company Masterbucks — simultaneous denied the allegations of fraud and racketeering, while admitting they still owe Adkisson money.
Epik admits Adkisson paid $327,000 for the domain, that he never received the domain, and that he is still owed a refund:
Defendants admit that the domain name has not been transferred to Adkisson. Defendants additionally admit that they intended, and still intend, to return Plaintiff’s funds that he had paid for the purchase of the domain name
Defendants admit that Epik owes Adkisson a refund of the $327,000 in funds he previously transferred to it
Monster, who is also named as a defendant and remains Epik’s majority shareholder, has not yet filed his answer to the complaint with the court, according to PACER records.