Sarasota, Florida -- A film studio being sued by Sarasota County for not creating promised jobs, filed a counter suit on Monday claiming that the county violated its own ethics rules and state ethics codes, among other charges.
Sanborn Studios, in a release, said it is suing the county for breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, slander of title, disparagement of property, trade libel and injurious falsehoods, tortious interference with contractual relations, and intentional interference with an advantageous business relationship.
Sarasota County gave Sanborn a $650,000 grant in 2010, and the company told the county it would create 117 jobs with salaries averaging about $72,000. The county then filed suit against Sanborn Studios for every job the county says the company promised to create but did not. The county says the studio owes $2,992 for each job.
But, a Sanborn Studios spokesperson told 10 News earlier this month that it created more than 200 full-time jobs.
Here is some background in this case: