The company that owns Ziwis pet food brand has a long and checkered history.
The company’s founders, John and Laura Ziwit, were both fired from their jobs at Ziwicars in 2005.
John was also fired from the company in 2009.
He sued the company over his firing, which resulted in a $5.2 million settlement.
The lawsuit alleged that the company was in violation of California’s consumer protection laws.
John and his brother, Laura, ran the company for a few years before John’s death in 2009, and his wife Laura died a few months later.
John’s widow, Diane Ziwietz, has been battling a rare form of cancer since 2010.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) John and a couple of his former employees, including his brother-in-law, Laura Zewietz were both dismissed from their positions at Zihicars when they sued the parent company for wrongful termination.
In 2010, the Ziwiatts’ lawsuit was dismissed by a California Superior Court judge.
But in 2013, the case was revived by the California Attorney General, who decided to investigate whether Ziwies company had a “pattern of fraud, misrepresentation and misfeasance.”
That probe led to a $3.8 million settlement in September 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In March 2016, the company’s lawyers told the court that they were “disappointed” with the decision and wanted to see the case re-opened.
The attorneys also said they would seek more than $1 million in damages, and a preliminary injunction to block the company from operating until the case is resolved.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Consumer Affairs told Vice News in an email that the agency “will not comment on pending litigation.”