Williams Johnston & Kronstadt, LLP
Avenue of the Stars
Angeles, Ca 90067-4403
Starbucks Coffee Company / Black Bear Micro Roastery
I am responding to your correspondence of 6/26/98.
The only reason I am responding is that you have been such a reasonable
individual to deal with. As you
will recall, in my 5/27/98 fax I stated that I wanted to be contacted only by a
corporate representative, and that I would talk to said representative for 15
minutes to determine if there was any purpose in going any further with the
discussions. Since it is you who
has contacted me, I will endeavor to make our position as clear as possible.
When the 5/21/98 draft of the proposed Settlement Agreement arrived here,
it became painfully clear that said agreement would involve considerably more
negotiation than we were anticipating, and that $2,500 was not going to come
close to covering our expenses. I
believe the root of the problem is that we are dealing with a large corporation,
and that none of the individuals at, or representing Starbucks is in any way
capable of realistically relating to our situation, a very small, startup
business. That is an assumption
that I am making, and based on that assumption I will make no attempt to create
any level of reasonable understanding. Instead,
I will state our position in plain and simple language, and I will respectfully
ask that you don't make any attempt to "read between the lines", but
rather look directly at what I am putting in print.
are not in the business of letter writing, and do not make any money in said
will not allow any large corporation to involve us in any pursuit that can
threaten our financial existence, and we will regard attempts to engage us in
such activities as harassment.
will not engage in any further communication with any individual from, or
representing Starbucks Corporation, except under the following conditions:
must receive a payment from Starbucks in the amount of $2,800.00 to compensate
us for expenses already incurred and paid for by us.
must agree, in writing, to pay all future expenses that we might incur as a
result of any further negotiations regarding this matter, and that said payments
will be paid within 30 days of invoicing. Starbucks must understand that there will be "clearly
anticipated" legal expenses that will be invoiced.
must clearly understand that if the foregoing payment is made, and if the
foregoing conditions are met, that there is absolutely no guarantee that any
further discussions will prove successful.
firmly maintain that the matter regarding Charbucks Blend is not a legal matter,
and we will not engage in any discussions with attorneys until, and only
if a firm agreement has been reached between corporate
representatives from the parties involved.