WASHINGTON: Office-sharing giant WeWork on Tuesday sued SoftBank claiming the Japan-based technology investment group breached its contractual obligations by backing out of a $3 billion rescue plan.The lawsuit filed in a US court in Delaware came just days after SoftBank said it was backing out of the plan to purchase WeWork shares to shore up the finances of the struggling sharing economy giant.WeWork’s board of directors called the SoftBank action “a clear breach of its contractual obligations” under an agreement between the two firms last year as well as a breach of SoftBank’s fiduciary obligations to the firm’s current and former employees who were to sell their equity.The complaint alleges SoftBank yielded to pressure from “activist investors” and made the move after it had “received most of the benefits” under the deal, including control of WeWork’s board.WeWork is asking the court to force SoftBank to live up to the agreement or pay damages.Last week, SoftBank said it was terminating the agreement, claiming WeWork failed to live up to its obligations and cited “multiple, new, and significant pending criminal and civil investigations” surrounding WeWork and its co-founder Adam Neumann.Neumann was to have received an estimated $1 billion from the SoftBank investment…. Read full this story
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