Last year, Sears said Focus had failed to pay more than $20 million in media invoices. Focus ceased operations last summer.
For a July 20, 2001 deadline, Tom Rubin, Focus founder and former chairman-CEO, failed to appear for a creditor's deposition. As a result, a court order now says he will not be able to appear to testify in the bankrutpcy trial.
The bankruptcy judge already has issued a sanction against Former Focus Chief Financial Officer Thomas Sullivan, and has set a hearing on what financial awards would be issued to creditors on August 28. -- Wayne Friedman
Copyright August 2001, Crain Communications Inc.