Lawsuit charges Rostons with misuse of Roscor assets

Paul Roston

The alleged misuse of acts perpetrated by brothers Paul and Mitch Roston, who for 35 years ran Roscor, the Mt Prospect AV equipment company, were spelled out in detail in a lawsuit filed Feb. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit alleges that the brothers breached their fiduciary duties to the company, committed corporate waste and took advantage of Roscor for personal gain, from 1977 to 2012.

Plaintiffs are Patrick D. Cavanaugh, an assignee for the benefit of Roscor’s creditors, who is suing Rostons for “tortuously interfering with the prospective economic advantage of Roscor,” and Indiana-based Starin Marketing seeks damages as a creditor.

Roscor was grossing $71 million on March 31, 2011 prior to its Oct. 28 mass firing of approximately 100 of its 130 employees, according to the complaint.

In February, 2012, Roscor filed for bankruptcy and on April 24, 2012 an auction of millions of dollars worth of equipment and other assets marked the finale of one of the Midwest’s largest and most successful AV companies.

The lawsuit was filed by the plaintiffs’ law firm, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, and asks for a jury trial.


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