Modell's Sporting Goods CEO Mitchell Modell may have been too inspired by his performance on CBS reality television show Undercover Boss, as a lawsuit accuses Modell of impersonating a Dick's Sporting Goods executive in an attempt to learn inside information about his competitor.
The lawsuit, which was filed in a New Jersey court, accuses Modell of civil conspiracy and trespass and seeks unspecified damages.
Dick's claims that Modell showed up at a store in West Windsor, N.J., and pretended to be a senior vice president of the chain. He allegedly told employees that he needed to see restricted areas of the store and convinced them to answer questions about how Dick's operates. Modell allegedly wanted to learn more about Dick's Sporting Goods' mechanism for online sales, according to DailyFinance.