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L.A. judge dismisses Hyperloop One co-founder Brogan BamBrogan’s restraining order against Afshin Pishevar

TechCrunch TechCrunch 14/07/2016 Sarah Buhr

A Los Angeles judge has dismissed former Hyperloop One CTO and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan’s restraining order against the company’s former head of legal Afshin Pishevar.

BamBrogan and several other former employees are suing Hyperloop One for harassment and claims of failure toward fiduciary duty. BamBrogan separately filed a restraining order against Pishevar for allegedly placing a hangman’s noose on BamBrogan’s chair after a disagreement.

Pishevar’s lawyer David Willingham called the request “baseless” and said BamBrogan only used the restraining order as leverage in the separate civil suit.

BamBrogan and Pishevar used to be roommates, according to a spokesperson for Hyperloop One. However, the judge determined Pishevar was not a threat to BamBrogan after determining the two no longer live or work together.

BamBrogan was forced out of the company just days after Pishevar, who was allegedly caught on security cameras placing the noose on BamBrogan’s chair, was also fired. Pishevar is the brother of Hyperloop One’s other co-founder and major stakeholder Shervin Pishevar.

BamBrogan filed the separate lawsuit after leaving, claiming he was demoted from his position as CTO and replaced by Josh Geigel, who has now been named as co-founder and CTO of Hyperloop One. The suit’s letter, addressed to Shervin, Afshin, investor Joe Lonsdale and CEO Rob Lloyd, accuses the men of wrongful termination and greed and using the company to boost their romantic lives.

“Those with the expertise to bring the hyperloop concept to fruition—the team that has done an incredible job building out hardware with their heads down and hands in the dirt—have been systematically marginalized,” reads the court document. “…while the ‘money men’ who do not understand the technology spent little time seeking to understand its potential, focusing instead on puffery—turning the company into a marketing-driven exercise, instead of the engineering-driven enterprise it should be.”

A spokesperson for Hyperloop One called the lawsuit “unfortunate and delusional.”

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