Tom Martino negotiating lawsuit settlement as case against ex-associate is tossed
At least Martino avoided a similar court trip related to a lawsuit against him by Sheldon Chrysler, an ex-pal who describes himself as being "a victim of multiple economic crimes," as well as being "an 'at risk' disabled senior citizen and military veteran...dealing with mental health issues" prompted in part by the passing of his twin brother, Barry.
As we've reported, Chrysler's suit accuses Martino of harassment via phone calls and e-mails over a series of years. Here's an example of one such e-mail, from May 2009....
Art for a book Sheldon Chrysler wrote about his relationship with his twin brother.
By the way. Fuck you for believing a piece of shit over a friend of 20 years. It is no wonder you ruined your relationship with your twin. Don't blame Ron. It was all you. You are a negative failure and should deal with it.In a ruling released last month, Denver District Court Judge J. Eric Elliff conceded that such comments were unkind. But in his view, they didn't rise to the level of "outrageous conduct" and therefore tossed out the case.
In a statement afterward, Martino wrote: "This should have never risen to the level of a lawsuit. It was simply a disagreement between people. Sheldon sued me out of anger because I discovered he was a two-faced friend and called him out on it. However, I took the wrong approach. I should not have written such a mean-spirited letter. It was childish and wrong. It obviously hurt his feelings and I am sorry for that. I harbor no resentment and will not be seeking legal fees."
Even as Chrysler's suit against Martino was put to rest, one he filed against Chris Kane, a former Martino staffer who now fronts the Haystack Help project affiliated with CBS4, was still pending. As we've noted previously, the suit asserted that a loan Kane made to Chrysler violated Colorado law, because any loan with an interest rate above 45 percent is considered usury.
But in an order issued last week, Denver District Court Judge R. Michael Mullins determined that the statute of limitations on filing suit over the matter had expired. The last loan Kane made to Chrysler was inked in January 2008, giving him until January 2011 to formalize a complaint -- but Chrysler didn't take such action until June 2012.
Chrysler is distressed by both rulings. Via e-mail, he writes, "Things are pretty much over for me. I've lost most everything. Just took off the eviction notice posted on the door of my former house. I can't prevail in court on most anything."
As for Martino, we should know within weeks whether he'll reach an accommodation with the bank or be back in court, ready to fight another day. And there are more potential opponents waiting in the wings.
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