Drexel files counterclaims against Sodexo-Magic Johnson firm

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File photo: Drexel senior Arsen Nikiforouk is silhouetted in his fedora as he walks by the statue of Mario the Magnificent, the Drexel Dragon at 33rd and Market Streets as the sun sets.

Drexel University on Friday filed counterclaims against a food-service company majority-owned by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson  in a dispute over a 2015 contract that ended in acrimony last fall.

SodexoMAGIC LLC, a joint venture of Sodexo Inc. and Magic Johnson Enterprises said in a Sept. 27 lawsuit "Drexel had purposefully hidden its plan to decrease enrollment during contract negotiations."

Drexel, which failed to have the federal lawsuit dismissed, made counterclaims that SodexMAGIC failed to make $230,000 in community payments, left key management positions vacant for too long, and did not arrange for enough visits by Magic Johnson.