Complaint Review: Skyride Technology, Scott Olson
Skyride Technology, Scott Olson (Rollerblade guy) Breach of Contract, Non-payment, Deception, Harassment Waconia Minnesota
*General Comment: Scott's Personality
*Author of original report: Additional notes to Jedd
*Author of original report: Response to Jebb
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Sean only tells one fabricated story
*Author of original report: Response to Joe Blackman
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Lies and More Lies
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I, Sean Horihan, am the inventor listed on the granted patent number 9,168,931 entitled Suspended Recreational Vehicle.
Scott Olson used deception and lies to get me to assign my work to his company Skyride Technology.
I worked for Scott from late 2009 to early 2012. Over this 2.5 years Scott paid me a total of $12,250. I spent $4,495.47 on materials and supplies that were never reimbursed by Scott. I have all the receipts for these expenses.
So, Scott actually only paid me $7,754.53. This was determined through the course of trial.
I designed and built several large machines as well as the switch track mechanisms. Scott had absolutely no working designs that could switch from one track to another before meeting me. [continued below]....
You might ask, why did I continue working??
I continued working because Scott promised that I would receive equity in the company. Scott was handing out these pro bono equity promises like hotcakes back then. He claimed to not have the proper funding for the project, so he offered the promise of equity instead. I was not the only person he conned into thinking they would eventually get part of this startup company. Several people were not paid.
Patent attorney Mark Burns varified that I was the true inventor of the switch track mechanism and the unique chain drive configuration used in the Skyride system. The additions I made to the patent made it novel enough for the patent examiner to accept the patent. The original application was too vague and was superceded by prior art. Arthur Hotchkiss for example built something very similar to the Skyride in 1892. Since then hundreds of other similar machines have been built for various reasons.
Working with Scott was like having a hope to one day see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel kept getting longer and longer. In the last six months of working for him I demanded signed agreements and payment. I signed a consulting agreement that was supposed to give me $15/hr. I never saw anywhere near $15/hr from Scott. He knew that I was sold on the excitenment of the product and the promise of what the future might hold should I create great things and own shares in this company. He knew I was more interested in the thought of owning part of the company that I helped create. He was right, I would continue working. I was too far into it to back out, and cut my losses. I considered leaving several times, but my losses would be huge, so I stuck with it hoping to get what I was promised.
When Scott requested that I assign my the patent to his company it was agreed that he would work out an agreement for equity in the days to follow. This was to be the turning point where I would now have a percentage of the company, and therefore something to show for all my work. After I signed the patent assignment to Skyride Technology (which was owned 100% by Scott), Scott stopped returning emails, phone calls... everything. He disapeared from all communication.
After relentlessly trying to reach him, and waiting for responses to proposals sent to him we had enough. Myself and two other unpaid workers went to his property (also the place where the prototype was built) in hopes to meet him and discuss things in person. He was not there. Not only was he not there but the new Skyride machine I just built and the molds for making it were missing. We hungout in his driveway until sundown. With tears in our eyes, in shock of what just happened to us, we eventually left.
About a week later I went to resurrect what I could. Scott had several of my belongings and tools at his property (and still does to this day). I showed up and Scott was there. I went into the shed and gathered a few items that were mine. I met Scott in the driveway and explained what I had come to get. As I was leaving Scott approached my car. He reached over me and violently yanked the items out of my car. An electrical transformer hit me in the face and broke the mirror on my car. I stepped on the gas and got out of there as quick as I could.
The next day I was served with a restraining order. In this restraining order were a whole list of crazy claims about how I went to his place and tried to kill him. All of the people working with me at the time assumed this was a clever way to keep me away from the property that was rightfully mine. It was becoming more and more apparent that this was his motive.
I was sidetracked by a two week vacation with my wife shortly after the restraining order. By the time we got back the 30 day time period to contest the restraining order had already past. I was not aware of this time limit. Not contesting this was a huge mistake, but it doesn't change the fact that I was the victim, not Scott.
Several weeks later Scott could be seen on the KS95 website advertising the Skybike that I had built. I had absolutely no money to get a lawyer, my marriage was suffering because of all of this, and I had hit rock bottom. Myself and others involved decided to go to his property and damage the machines so Scott could not continue marketing something that he never paid for.
I was arrested at my house, my home was searched and I was being charged with two felonies! When the police questioned me about who else was involved I lied to them so friends of mine would not get in trouble. Scott would later use this against me in court to damage my credibility. To this day, those friends thank me endlessly, because Scott would likely have gone after them as well.
In the criminal hearing both felonies were dropped, and I was left with a mistemeanor for treaspass and violation of restraining order. I thought I had seen the end of Scott after that hearing. I spent three days in jail (before the hearing, and before I could get a lawyer) and paid a fine.
This is when the harassment started. Scott sent endless emails to me, my new boss at Ropes Courses Inc, my wife, friends and family. He even sent strange harassing messages to my parents.
Many months later Scott filed a civil lawsuit against me. The harassment never stopped. Scott was suing me for damages to his company and invasion of privacy. He was "adding up" the damages over nearly a year. In reality he was contracting professionals to build a more refined production model based on my design. It should be noted that I designed and built everything from scratch using hand tools and a lot of love. I had money into the machines I built for Skyride. I had nearly $2,000 into the machine that I damaged (which was easily repairable).
Scott was claiming it took over $78,834.77 dollars to repair the machines.
How is it that Scott paid me $7,754 over 2.5 years and I DESIGNED and built five machines, several switch tracks, wrote the patent, did website and marketing work etc, and Scott spent over 10 times that amount to do rapairs to two machines using my designs?! Nearly all of the parts were perfectly fine. Any capable fabricator could have repaired the damages in a couple weeks using minimal materials. I have all the proof to show that this is the case.
I was forced to file a countersuit and pay $45,000 to a lawyer for my defense (this was paid with the engineering job I now have). The case ended up going all the way to trial. Scott was seemingly drunk at his first deposition, so it was cut short. In his next deposition Scott admitted to attacking me in his driveway when I was retrieving my belongings (this was the event that caused him to get a restraining order against me). He was skating around in Rollerblades during litigation, which was a complete joke ending with Scott wanting two completely new and different machines plus $40,000. He is like a kid begging for more toys.
At trial my Lawyer Ian Laurie completely dropped the ball, or never had the ball. Ian failed to submit any of my important documents from discovery... these included work logs, bank statements, receipts, contracts, photos, etc. Ian also never brought to trial the dollar amount that I was requesting for compensation. He failed to prompt me about this dollar amount while I was on the stand, so the jury literally had no numbers from my side!
My lawyer continually told me that Scott did not submit anything to discovery. Well, this turned out to not be true. At trial I was shown what the Plaintiff (Scott) had submitted to discovery. I was looking at this for the very first time right before going on the stand. There was no defense in place for any of it.
My lawyer also failed to submit my witnesses to be present at trial. Luckly the judge allowed my wife to be present. Ian proceeded to skip dozens of extremely important questions with every person he questioned.
To top it all off, my lawyer "forgot" to put the issue of equity compensation into the jury questions (one of my main claims).
The trial was a complete mess. My lawyer literally did not do anything. Now I know how innocent people end up in jail. The jury had no option but to award Scott the entire amount he was asking for. It was found that Scott did breach my contract, and broke the covenent of good faith and fair dealing. The offset amount of Scott's outrageous claims left me with a $73,500 judgement plus all the court fees etc. I'm looking at over $150,000 with legal fees.
Scott will claim I'm a lying, threatening, psycho. I urge you to talk to those involved in the Skyride project back then, and talk to my friends and family, and checkout my facebook page. I'm not a crazy psycho. I have an awesome job designing adventure courses in Michigan now. I'm willing to share any and all evidence related to this case. I will guarantee that Scott will not make the same offer. It is a fact that Scott is getting away with robbery through the use of our convoluted legal system.
Yes, I did a few things wrong... But, it is reasonable to think that anyone pushed to the absolute limit would react in some way. I feel extremely proud that I never became violent, I never even stole anything. I simple damaged something that I designed, built, and paid for... which was just a piece of fiberglass and some bicycle parts. Scott never paid me, and yet he continues to use my designs and my patent.
I'm putting this story out there to hopefully stop any more unsuspecting contractors, investors, or customers from falling victim to Scott's immoral business practices. After talking to people involved in Scott's previous business endeavors this seems to be a reoccurring theme.
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