Two former executives for Good Smile Firm, the collectible producer behind the favored Nendoroid and Figma manufacturers, have entered a authorized battle with their former employer for alleged discrimination and mistreatment, and are accusing the corporate of profiting by way of tax evasion and the distribution of anime supplies and merchandise that sexualized minors.
As reported by Polygon, the authorized dispute started when Good Smile Firm sued two of its former vice presidents, Man Model and James Younger-sik Kim, for breach of contract. In keeping with the unique legislation swimsuit, whereas nonetheless employed at Good Smile Firm, the 2 executives took benefit of the group’s relationship with Netflix to supply Stranger Issues merchandise that competed with the corporate’s personal items, which Good Smile believes was a violation of a non-compete and non-disclosure clauses contained inside Model and Kim’s contracts. In keeping with the unique lawsuit, Model and Kim have been working to ascertain their very own competing enterprise, an organization often known as Imaginary Folks, whereas they have been nonetheless employed with Good Smile.
Model and Kim have now countered with a cross-complaint of their very own, which alleges that the 2 executives have been mistreated by a managing director on the firm after they objected to the corporate’s sale of figures and different merchandise that supposedly sexualized underage characters, which Kim and Model’s grievance describes as “oversexualized anime figures depicting minors,” and “teens and tweens in sexual positions”. The 2 additionally allege that Good Smile has knowingly evaded gross sales taxes in the USA for a number of years, and that firm consequently owes a “significant amount” in again taxes. Model and Kim additionally say that when the corporate was forces to situation a wave of pandemic-related lay-offs, they have been ordered to present desire to Japanese-born staff and as a substitute terminate staff who have been of different races and ethnicities. The 2 former vice presidents say they have been pressured to resign, whereas Good Smile Firm claims they voluntarily ended their employment.
The case will ultimately be dealt with in a California court docket.
Good Smile responded with the next assertion:
“This case, as Good Smile’s Complaint makes clear, is about corporate misconduct by the defendants in improperly exploiting Good Smile’s assets and goodwill for their own benefit as described the lawsuit. The Defendants’ cross complaint, in contrast, is based on demonstrably, knowingly, and provably false and defamatory allegations. Good Smile does not, however, comment on ongoing litigation, and intends to argue its case in Court, not in the press. And it will prevail when the facts are presented in the Courtroom.”
Good Smile Firm relies in Tokyo, Japan, but additionally operates an American department that handles the import and distribution of their merchandise in North America. The corporate has partnered with all kinds of anime and online game producers to create figures and different merchandise for his or her properties. Its standard Nendoroid, Pop-Up Parade, and Figma strains function characters from standard franchises reminiscent of My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, Tremendous Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Batman, Iron-Man, KonoSuba, Hatsune Miku, Assault on Titan and rather more.