Documents show Cole returning some PF items

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Jason Cole ... has reportedly returned some requested items to Planet Fitness execs. (Lebanon Voice file photo)

PORTLAND, Maine - Attorneys for Planet Fitness and Jason Cole have filed a joint request that the 14-day restraining order sought by Pla-Fit, Planet Fitness' parent company, be extended by 30 days so the two parties can continue to try to resolve the case,.

The court documents filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland says Planet Fitness and Cole are working together and that Cole has returned some of the corporation's property that Pla-Fit had demanded in its initial complaint of Aug. 10.

No extension, however, has yet been granted.

Cole, of Depot Road, Lebanon, was served with a temporary restraining order around Aug. 11, according to his attorney Paul Aranson of Sanford.

The 11-page complaint asks the court, among other things, to "permanently enjoin Cole and (live-in girlfriend Laura) Shaw from using or disseminating Planet Fitness' confidential information" and to return all company property, related hard-copy documents, any equipment capable of storing PF info and to award Planet Fitness damages and reasonable attorneys fees and costs and whatever other relief the court finds just and proper.

As detailed in the original complaint filed Aug. 10, Cole, a former Lebanon selectman and assistant rescue chief, threatened company execs with what he considered "damning" information about the company he inadvertently received in an email mistakenly sent him.

Cole's threatening statements were allegedly made after he learned an acquaintance of his had just been fired from the company and days before the fitness giant's IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

The injunctive relief was sought based on three counts, including, in part, that Cole had breached his contract after signing security and confidentiality agreements, of converting confidential Planet Fitness property for his own personal use, and computer fraud and abuse.

The lawsuit claims Cole's actions have already cost the company in excess of $5,000 and that it will "continue to suffer irreparable harm and monetary damages" due to his actions.

Pla-Fit Franchise, LLC, employs all PF U.S.-based employees, including 172 at its Newington, N.H., corporate offices where Cole worked and 715 at another 56 clubs.

Both Aranson and Pla-Fit Inc., LLC lawyers have refused comment on the case.

To read an earlier Lebanon Voice story on the case that details information in the complaint click here.

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