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Patrick Dempsey out of Tully’s Coffee venture

August 24, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — Actor Patrick Dempsey and his business partner in the venture that acquired Tully’s Coffee out of bankruptcy have dissolved their partnership.

In a joint statement late Friday, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star and California lawyer Michael Avenatti said their legal dispute has been fully resolved.

Court documents filed Aug. 20 in Dempsey’s King County Superior Court lawsuit against Avenatti said the lawyer initially was the sole owner of Global Baristas LLC. The documents say Dempsey joined Global Baristas a short time later. The ownership group prevailed against other bidders including Starbucks in an auction of more than 40 Puget Sound-area Tully’s stores.

Dubbed “McDreamy” on the TV hospital drama, Dempsey was the public face of the successful bid. He said Friday he was “happy to have been a part of the effort that brought awareness to the Tully’s brand.”

Avenatti spokeswoman Suzy Quinn says the lawyer, “with other investors and the Tully’s management team,” will continue operating the stores.

A report on the dispute was first carried in The Seattle Times.

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