Lawsuits

MGA Healthcare Founder Marc Wichansky Says in Lawsuit That Partner David Zowine Beat Him Up and Stole His Company

Marc Wichansky, the founder of a Phoenix-based healthcare staffing and home care firm, alleges in a federal lawsuit that his former partner beat him up and stole his company.

Wichansky founded the company in 1994 and eventually took on as partner his friend, David Zowine. They created the Zoel Holding Company to manage MGA Healthcare Staffing, MGA Employee Services, Home Healthcare and other firms. The company grew into a multi-million-dollar firm employing hundreds of people.

But the partnership took a bad turn in 2010, resulting in this new lawsuit that at times reads less like civil litigation between corporate executives and more like an episode of "Cops." (See below for full lawsuit.)

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