Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. v. Clabuesch

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

03/15/2007

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Arizona

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company sued David Clabuesch a Michigan probate judge, and his company, ThumbCo, for breach of contract and defamation relating to actions and statements Clabuesch allegedly made concerning an antique car the company sold for him. Barrett-Jackson claims in its... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

David Clabuesch; ThumbCo

Type of Party: 

Organization

Type of Party: 

Individual
Organization

Location of Party: 

  • Arizona
  • Delaware

Location of Party: 

  • Michigan

Legal Counsel: 

Brian Makaric, Peter Boyle, William Ewald, Donald Myles (for ThumbCo); Marvin Ruth, Brian Pollock, Deedee Holden, Scott Holden (for Clabuesch)
Description

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company sued David Clabuesch a Michigan probate judge, and his company, ThumbCo, for breach of contract and defamation relating to actions and statements Clabuesch allegedly made concerning an antique car the company sold for him. Barrett-Jackson claims in its complaint that Clabuesch chained the car's wheels at the auction, put up a sign calling the sale void, taped a "grievance report" to the car, and posted defamatory comments on blogs, chatrooms, email lists, and websites stating that the company "quick gaveled the car" and sold it for less than it was worth. Clabuesch denies posting any comments.

Updates:

4/16/07 - Clabuesch filed a counterclaim against Barrett-Jackson for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and negligence.

6/8/07 - Barrett-Jackson filed a motion to dismiss the counterclaims

1/9/2008 - Clabuesch filed a notice of settlement.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog
Email
Forum
Print

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Business Torts
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Arizona

Source of Law: 

  • Arizona

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

2:07CV00561

Relevant Documents: 

CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

DA reviewed