TOPEKA (WIBW) -- New court filings have been submitted in the two-year long lawsuit involving all eight dentists at Topeka's Gage Dental Group.
The suit has already alleged that the practice's six other members began a secret investigation of the father and son dental team -- members Greg and Eric Johnson -- and that the other partners had communicated false information to get patients to drop the Johnsons and go with the others in the group.
Now there's the new filing, with other half-dozen partners accusing the Johnsons of illegally recording dental group board meetings. It states Dr. Eric Johnson placed a recording device in a ceiling tile above the board room wall.
The document indicates the six dentists believed the Johnsons were billing patients for work not done. And in a deposition with Eric Johnson included in the new document, five women were named as being fired by the Johnsons, allegedly because they raised questions about dental practices. Eric Johnson says he and his father knew the other partners were trying to recruit two of those women into their practice, which they claim would have damaged the Johnson's practice.
This new document asks the judge not to allow what they call "improperly recorded meetings" as evidence in the Johnson's lawsuit.
The major issue in the case continues to be a no-compete clause which says if the Johnsons leave the group on their own, they could not set up a new practice within 20 miles of Topeka. Mediation of that part of the case has not been successful.