|Wednesday, November 30 2011|
Two warring factions of the Occupy Boston movement are headed to court.
Self-proclaimed original Boston occupier Paul Carnes is suing four other tent city residents alleging breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of the state's consumer protection laws. According to news reports, Carnes filed the three-count complaint to protect the business entity known as Occupy Boston and to stop the other faction from getting too much power.
“We want to take Occupy Boston back,” said Carnes, who officially registered Occupy Boston as a "doing business entity" with the city of Boston on October 18th. "I formed the financial accountability group because the donations were coming in, and the money was getting taken, so we started putting this together."
A week later, another occupier registered another "doing business as" entity in the name of Occupy Boston-Financial Accountability Working Group. Carnes accuses this group of using funds to purchase tents and clothes without the permission of other members.
Defendant David Kelston calls the lawsuit groundless. "There was a mediated agreement that was reached and FAWG (Occupy's Financial Accountability Working Group) has upheld that agreement," said Kelston.