OCC Paul Teutul Sr. Suing Paul Teutul Jr.? Reality Show Or Real Life.

occpauljrsrRumor is that a legal conflict opposes father & son and that a court legal battle just got started. As you already know Paul Jr. left the show “American Chopper” in June 2009 after a live TV non-scripted argument with his father and then went to start his own design company.

The object of the litigation would be about stock options in Orange County Choppers Holdings Inc. that Paul Teutul Jr. promised to sell to his father if he would leave the show and the OCC company.

It seems that Paul Jr, refuses to release these stock options and that Senior is obliged to sue his son to have this agreement being enforced by the court. I know this story since 10 days, was hesitating to publish it for a simple reason.  I am still wondering if it can be a new TV reality show trick to boost the audience for the sixth season of “American Chopper”? Not sure, but if some things about OCC are not 100% believable, it’s their fault (photography of the past…)

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57 Responses to “OCC Paul Teutul Sr. Suing Paul Teutul Jr.? Reality Show Or Real Life.”


  1. 1 David Dec 26th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Remember the old saying about “two peas in a pod”

  2. 2 Canajun Dec 26th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    More nonsense from the Teutuls, making them (and their show) even more irrelevant,.

  3. 3 Michael Dec 26th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    It always seems the more a person gives over their life to TV fame or Hollywood then the more “Hollywood” their life becomes and as always life is stranger than fiction. There are few exceptions of course… but only a few.

  4. 4 BB Dec 26th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I’d do the same thing if i was Senior. Junior could learn a thing or two about work ethic and sticking to your principals from his father. Maybe this will enlighten him that the world doesn’t revolve around his big head. Besides doesn’t he realize he wouldn’t be designing BBQ’s if it wasn’t for his father? Haha . BTW, i hate OCC but it’s entertaining television when i can catch it. Does anybody know why that father/son build team in Louisiana doesn’t have their own show? The Metry’s i think?? Now that would be an entertaining show… BB

  5. 5 Irish Rose Dec 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    A couple of weeks ago, an article in the Orange County paper came out about the lawsuit Here’s a link to that article.

    http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091211/NEWS/912110363

    While it’s unfortunate it’s come down to father suing son, it’s all a matter of business with the lawsuit. While it is a touch surprising, I cannot say I’m in shock.

    With Paul Jr. starting his own business, perhaps he will see his father in a different light running his own business. He may realize why Paul Sr. was aggravated at him coming in late, leaving early and disappearing. Paul Jr. will also learn what it’s like to be the owner with all the responsibilities, instead a person with part interest.

  6. 6 just my opinion Dec 26th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    IF this was true why would Sr. need his son to sell? GREED does he not have enough already. Why force the sale now because their stock is down in price? If it were true Sr. should be ashamed. Family is much more important than money. And IF this is true Sr. will only drive a bigger wedge between himself and his family.He should think about this when he is old and on his death bed what will he want more of the money or time with his family? It is too bad those steriods did not help his brain grow.

  7. 7 Jeff Nicklus Dec 26th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I am so tired of this entire OCC bullshit I could scream! This is all scripted crap! The show is finally going down the tubes and the network and producers will do anything to try and save it for one more season. Say goodnight damn it and move on.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  8. 8 Mike Dec 26th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I haven’t seen that show in years, nor do I care about those involved or the show…

    but having said that, the claim that the father was obliged to sue the son is silly. He wasn’t obligated to do anything. He wants the shares, his son refuses to sell. The only way to force the issue is to sue.

    But it’s no different than any other family squabble…. no family squabble is ‘obligated’ to be heard in court, and it is always sad when family members are going after each other in court.

    When it is a father suing his son, well, that is just a travesty.

    IIRC the son owns 15%. So the father would appear to have control over the business, and I can’t think why he would need that other 15%.

    If the son refuses to sell… is that really worth destroying the relationship over?

    The whole thing is sad… father and son are now on the outs over money. MONEY??? They both don’t have enough and need more?

    I hope I never lose any of my family over something as trivial as money. I can’t imagine that either side is happy about this, regardless of what is said in any news media.

  9. 9 Boss Hawg Dec 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I 2nd the motion Jeff…

    The hell with all Teutul this and Tuetul that. Talk about something else like those bitches building bikes please.

    Boss Hawg

  10. 10 4Cammer Dec 27th, 2009 at 2:30 am

    How did these clowns get a Ducati dealership?

  11. 11 raycwheeler Dec 27th, 2009 at 2:33 am

    sure a tempting subject at hand.

    ray usa

  12. 12 Manhattan Choppers Dec 27th, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Go Cody Go vinnie.

  13. 13 bigalyts Dec 27th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Drama,drama and more drama! Ducati Dealerships in this Country is about a Good First Order.

  14. 14 bob Dec 27th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    who cares. they both have more money than all of us that have posted about the lawsuit nonsense. real or not, it doesn’t matter to me. ive already put waaaay too much time into them.

  15. 15 Just Another No Longer Dec 27th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Stupid is as Stupid does……”Nuff Said”

  16. 16 BikerMarc Dec 27th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Cyril please,

    Is the industry’s news and happenings so bad we need to get more drivel on the Teutuls?

    Please, you have a superb blog. It would be good to keep it this way by reporting on what really matters.

    Merci Beaucoup.

    BikerMarc

  17. 17 Asa Dec 27th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    You all love to hate the the guys at OCC ,Cmon admit it .It gives you something to rag on ,if it really did not matter to you guys all these responses would not be here . You all would have seen the headline on frount page and went on to something else .But you did not as I did not so we are interested reguardless of what we say .So who do you want to win lawsuite is the real quiestion here .We can choose sides and go from there .

    Asa

  18. 18 Jim C Dec 27th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Asa has it right. Personally,I don’t like seeing this happen and at the same time I understand why Sr would want to do this. It seems as if Jr has still not learned anything. This whole time he has kinda floated along,contributed little and kept his hand out wanting more. At least,that is what it seemed like to me. I don’t believe that this is scripted. The only ones making out on this are the lawyers. I hope they are able to get this sorted out and move on. They will never work together again unless Jr learns some kind of work ethic and he realizes what it actually takes to manage a business. At the same time I hope that things don’t get blown out of proportion by those around Sr and that they let family work out family problems. Just my .02

  19. 19 Rich Dec 27th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Wasnt this just on a couple weeks ago on As the World Turns ??

  20. 20 BikerMike Dec 27th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    As a man who works with his son and has for years I can tell you it is by far the best way to make a living their is. That said conflicts do arise. OCC is a public company and has stock, stock holders and stock options. As a public company they are under an oblagation of fidiciery trust to enforce all their agreements, copyrights etc. This is what the FCC and their banks would insist on anyway.
    The lawsuit is the real deal and its really a no brainer when you delve into the rules and bylaws of any FCC regulated public company.
    Personally I always felt that SR. while loud and often annoying has a great work ethic that sadly neither Mikey nor Paul JR. cared to emulate. Paul’s other sons are very hard workers and run the original iron works and foundry that Paul SR. established. Sadly he is estranged from them as well.
    Again as the father in a father – son team I find this beyond sad. My son and I have a rule:
    Never let the sun set on an unresolved issue or argument. We learned to compromise our ego’s a long, long time ago. Nothing is more important that a man’s relationship with his children.
    BM

  21. 21 kber45 Dec 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    these guys still around? man, they really are played out! Someone please make them go away.

  22. 22 Night Train of Florida Full Throttle Mag Dec 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    well said bikermike

    it is a sad thing to see these things happen

  23. 23 ROCKSTAR Dec 27th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    stock in OCC, bwahahahahahahahaaaa
    is this on the pink sheets? or all privately held?
    short into the dirt…

    FATHER & SON getting lawyers to argue of worthless paper, that is sad.

  24. 24 CHINESE CHOPPER Dec 28th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    What a bunch of drama queens!

  25. 25 ger Dec 28th, 2009 at 6:26 am

    hey boss hawg
    (bitches building bikes)???
    sounds interesting tell us more!

  26. 26 ger Dec 28th, 2009 at 6:29 am

    never mind i just spotted it.

  27. 27 raaaaaa Dec 28th, 2009 at 7:22 am

    i dont get it! sell him the stock now cause it is going down hill fast….. it is worth something now, hold onto it for 2 years and it will be worthless

  28. 28 JoAnn Bortles Dec 28th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Jeff, Thank you for saying what needed to be said. I feel the same way.

    And Biker Mike – “Paul’s other sons are very hard workers and run the original iron works and foundry that Paul SR. established. Sadly he is estranged from them as well.”—-I wonder what the real story is.

    Hey Sr, at the end of the day, was it worth it?

    Actually I really don’t care. I’ve never liked their bikes, or their show or their me, me, me attitude, or the way they treat their fans. Its been a greedhog fest from start to finish.

    There’s plenty of class act builders in this business, OCC is not one of them.

  29. 29 JoAnn Bortles Dec 28th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    What is the current stock price anyway?

  30. 30 Kustom Kolors Dec 28th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    My father and I are a build team, and wouldnt change it for the world! I dont think they realize what they had going, It’s strange what money and fame do to people. Its a shame to say the least. I know I always say,” Well, that wouldnt happen to me” or “I would never do anything like that!” You never know unless you yourself are in the same position.
    I wish the viewer and what fans they have left would just let it go….MOVE ON! There are other builders out there who deserve a chance in the spot light too!

  31. 31 squidlybob Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Love em or Hate em these two assholes along with Thom Beers have done more for the custom bike industry than anybody else.

  32. 32 Spaz Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Anyone around the industry sees Arlen Ness and his son Cory, usually side-by-side, and there’s no drama. Just a father and son, working together, letting their talent do the talking. Never a moment of dram ever. -Maybe that’s why THEY don’t have a reality show. Bullshit sells. True talent and harmony do not. Sad, really…

  33. 33 MDK Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Their show from the start has been a waste because of the bickering. I wanted to watch bike being built how hard is that? I have high hopes for Motor City Motors and hope they leave out the B.S. drama so that I don’t have to not watch it.

  34. 34 jeff & robbie Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Boring buggers!

  35. 35 Robert Andry Dec 28th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Do not watch! Donot care! probably would not have this info Exept for your fair and honest reporting/

  36. 36 J Dec 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    OCC is a public company? Hmm- when was that IPO?

    Bit suspicious, really- “controlling interest” is majority stake, which isn’t 20%, so Daddy’s claim doesn’t make much such on the surface;

    However, it’s a cute tax dodge to sue for a stake- damages aren’t taxable, whereas liquidation of shares is…. Wouldn’t be the first time this transfer of assets game has been played…..

    Oh, and bonus- they get a lot of free press over this- shocker! Good or bad, it sells more t-shirts and lunchboxes.

    Daddy is saying that Jr’s stake is only worth a mill? Jeez, that means the entire empire is worth only 5 mill? Either someone is fudging for the sake of publicity, or else Daddy better slow down on the toy buying…..

  37. 37 DEALER DAVE Dec 29th, 2009 at 2:37 am

    DOES ANYBODY REALLY CARE?

  38. 38 drew Dec 29th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Both of the queers need to be ass fucked

  39. 39 In the Industry Dec 29th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    DEALER DAVE ASKED……DOES ANYBODY REALLY CARE?

    Let the voting begin. CARE ______

    DONT CARE ___X___

  40. 40 alan Dec 29th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    maybe paul senior want his tback back

  41. 41 Danny D Dec 29th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    drew
    Dec 29th, 2009 at 10:52 am
    Both of the queers need to be ass fucked

    Sounds like you are offering.

  42. 42 Jim C Dec 30th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Hey T-Cute game? Man,sounds like the smart thing to do if you ask me. For those who don’t like OCC-the simple answer is to change the channel and don’t bother to post your opinions-that is if you really don’t care one way or another. I have to say,right ,wrong or indifferent,OCC has done more for this industry than alot of people involved in the industry want to admit. The custom motorcycle industry is known the world (mainstream)over because of what has happened with OCC. It is unfortunate that it appears to be tearing the family apart and maybe all is not what it appears to be. I would imagine the overhead is huge as well.

  43. 43 Drew Jan 4th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t really follow the show or the bikes they build but after reading the news story I really don’t understand why this 20% is so important? It’s definitely not a controlling interest in the business and I wonder if it was purely driven by Sr. not wanting jr. to have any ownership? If any of it is true its a sad way to ruin a family.

  44. 44 OtchBaking Jan 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    “My Paul Jr. Design’s Coleman stove is the best selling tailgating stove in the country.”

    Lying sac-o-crap

  45. 45 betsy duncan Feb 6th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    If 20% is the largest share anyone owns…it is controlling. OR if 20% give Sr control. Both explain why Teutel is suing.

  46. 46 Griz Feb 15th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    man, how tiresome.

    senior is a twat; he’s got OCD about the time his son comes to work and leaves, actually he’s got OCD about junior, not about Mikey, just about junior. The company’s profitable, the Tuttils (how can Tuetul be pronounced Tuttil?), the Tuttils own the place and are LOADED. The old man is a friggin fruit loop, no matter what way you look at it/him, he is a sandwich short of a picnic, especially regarding junior.

    there are some self serving f*ckers in that company too – can’t think of their names, but they marginalised the sons for their own benifit.

    god knows how they got a Duke dealership…. they wouldn’t know a decent motorbike if it fell out the sky and landed on their heads. . . but, hey, thats the Merkan market for you; shift product baby, shift product! Bikes or tv series, shift that product. SALES RULE, F*CK FAMILY!! YEAH! WHOHOOO! YEAH BABY, THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT! SALES,MAN FRIGGIN’ SALES!! C’MON WHOHOOO!! . . . or something to that effect.

  47. 47 Harley Painter Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t even know this show was still on the air. I hope they can work things out.

  48. 48 Phillip Feb 19th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    To all the knockers I have but a small poem for you to read as follows

    It is easy enough to pick out flaws in the work others have done,
    to point out errors others have made, when your own task you have not begun

    It is easy enough to fuss and find fault when others are doing their best,
    to sneer at the little they have achieved when you have done nothing but rest.

    It is easy enough to cavil and carp, to criticize scoff and deride,
    for few of us have ever done perfect work no matter how hard we have tried.

    It is easy enough to speak of the best and dwell all the time on the worst,
    and perhaps it is proper to sometimes find fault, but be sure you have done something first.

  49. 49 Dale Koven Feb 25th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I feel for junior. I also feel for senior. They both have issues that made them the show it was. Sr, by his own words, was a poor father with chemical abuse issues. Jr., albeit he never disclosed any addictions, suffered a common disease that seems to be plaguing or younger generation, laziness. Sr. has a strong work ethic and cannot/willnot accept the carefree attitude Jr. showed toward his job. Jr. was, and is , very gifted in his designs and adaptation. He made the bikes that amazed everyone. Sorry Sr., you don’t have it. Sr. made some attempts at building and all were mediocre old school machines that are a dime a dozen. Jr. had all the creativity and the insight to see his finished product before he started it. I’d give my left arm to be that talented! I was in the bike business for over 25yrs and I know talent when I see it. Now for Sr. His fortay was running the business and, had Jr. been in charge, that company would have folded the first year. They both brought excellance to the table. Sadly neither thought much of the other and both thought it was them that kept the doors open. I truly believe Jr.’s acts were designed, and all to rub his old man the wrong way. Maybe he still has “growing up with daddy” issues? Either way, the fact remains, without each other they have nothing. How they ever got discovered by Discovery I don’t know, but thank God they were found or some of the sweetest bikes I have ever seen would not have been. I wish them both goodwill wherever they end up and hear this: Fighting over money cost me and my father a 20+ yr seperation. I never saw my dad again until I stood by his death bed. So much time and anger wasted for what? Because I felt he jipped me of a few bucks and then we were jipped out of a lifetime together. I wish I could go back and fix that horrible mistake and they, someday, will also feel that pain.

  50. 50 Custom Painter May 13th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Very unfortunate situation…they really had a good thing going. Building bikes for good causes, creating a legacy together, then as every “reality” tv show does, along with greed… it destroyed relationships, business’ and reputations.

    They have talent, skill, creativity and some amazing bikes came out as a result of it.

    I wish them both the best and hope they can mend their relationship.

  51. 51 Tom Jun 19th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Paul Sr. should be ashamed of himself! I couldn’t believe the episode where Sr. looks for an alcoholic/drug attic young man to mentor and put on the right path. Have you met your son Michael? Nice job pal!
    P.S. The show is nothing without the boy’s. I would like to see a show with just Rachael in it. HOT! Nice work Paulie!

  52. 52 joelc Jul 6th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    The show was not scripted but the huge amount of tape that was created for an episode could be edited into almost a scripted format that sometimes doesn’t follow what really happened. This happened with an American Hotrod episode involving a female builder. The edited version had her fired and other things out of sequence. She was an intern who finished her time with the shop.
    The reality is that Paul was fired by his Dad, they have a non-existent relationship now, and he is starting his own motorcycle shop. The sad reality is that the show really sucked in the last years without Vinnie and Cody and demonstrated what an ass that Sr. really is.

  53. 53 Capt. Obvious Jul 21st, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    It’s good to see that Senior vs. Junior is about to start. Maybe it will be back to building bikes that made the first several seasons good.

    I don’t get people who hate shows and then spend time on a blog just bitching about it. Do you automatically tune to shows you hate just so you can bitch about them, JEFF?

  54. 54 bobo Aug 12th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    It seems Paul Sr. (besides being an a**hole), is a bit jealous. Or maybe scared.
    If he thinks the kid is so worthless, why doesn’t he just wish him well and see what
    happens…….(oh, I forgot – refer to the a**hole comment earlier). Don’t know if the boy
    can succeed. He was around it so long I’m not sure why he cant. Sad when Dad is so
    busy putting his boys down and being negative that he can’t see what he’s doing.
    I wish the boys well, and have to hope the old man wakes up soon. Lifes short, a**hole!

  55. 55 chris Aug 13th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I usually hate “reality” shows but I just like watching other people work when I don’t.

  56. 56 mike Aug 27th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    well first thing , WOULD SOMEONE TELL JR TO CUT THAT STUPIASS MOHAWK, WTF WAS HE THINKING , if you are going to have a professional business have the look to go with it , In my opinion if rick wasent their they would be in a little trouble, alson the atart from all this seperation from the family it all sarts frm that asshole in the office, shit he was the one who told sr to cut oay and that got the ball rolling…. real sad whats goiung on with the family

  57. 57 simmo Apr 30th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    occ would be nothing without jr hes the one that designed the bikes and got the recognition for the company, but as usual sr has done it all an knows it all…….if paulie had gone before they went global and hired jason to design the bikes and all the other bike builders that company would have gone down the shitter a long time ago, the trouble with the old man is he doesnt know when hes beaten and hes really geleous of his son and his skill in making bikes…….get a grip sr youve made enough coin out of your son retire give paulie occ and the company will be the biggest and best you will drive it in the ground your looking really ill and tired aswell..

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