Meade, what you say makes perfect sense.
I'll just add this, based on your well-reasoned "conjecture" that Bob tried to get out of the deal. Because the contract probably contained an arbitration clause, Reynolds/Marvin couldn't sue the Shanes directly; they had to go to arbitration first, and arbitration takes time. A lawsuit seeking injunctive relief would move faster.
That would explain why Reynolds/Marvin sued and why they named only GBR and Nikki Gary. GBR and Nikki Gary were sort of like innocent bystanders who got hit by stray bullets.
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