Saturday, April 6, 2013
Unmitigated Gall: The Lawsuit Against UCO
At Friday's Delegates Assembly David Israel said that the lawsuit against UCO brought by Jerry Karpf and Myron Solomon could go into mediation and ultimately to court—and that Mr. Karpf has sent a letter stating that his and Mr. Solomon’s legal costs should be paid by UCO. My mother would have called this unmitigated gall. Her term is too gentle by far.
Recently, Jerry and Myron (and assorted cohorts) were defeated when delegates voted resoundingly, 161-4, against their effort to recall David. That very same day they filed a lawsuit against UCO. The charges that failed in the recall effort were essentially the same ones in the lawsuit, but the new wrinkle was the $392,000 they were suing for, and now we have the request for UCO to pay their legal fees.
So two members of UCO are suing UCO for a ridiculous sum of money for baseless claims that delegates already rejected. And they want UCO to pay their costs for suing us. Welcome to the Theater of the Absurd. Disgruntled attention seekers creating the drama they live for. A lawsuit because they can’t figure out how to win an argument without one. A back-handed attempt to gain control of the Village without winning an election. And oh yes, let’s see how much money we can get. This would all be comical if it weren’t so sad.
Never mind that the insurance carrier for our directors & officers (D&O) insurance could jack up our rates because of the suit or drop us completely; rates would no doubt skyrocket with the next carrier. The legal fees and disruption of a pointless lawsuit could end up costing us dearly even if we were to win and they were to lose. Are we supposed to believe that these people care about the Village?
If the actors in this two-thumbs-down drama (all due respect to the late Roger Ebert) believed so much in their cause, you’d think they’d ante up their own money to pursue it. Could Mssrs. Karpf and Solomon really believe we should pay for them to sue us?
We need to hear more about our attorney’s guidance once bylaws have been reviewed and our options clarified, especially the impact our 349 delegates could have on the process. If we get to the point that we are asked to opt in or opt out of this lawsuit brought laughingly on behalf of the Village, we should stand firm and say that we will not be a party to this travesty. In the meantime, let's do everything we can to be sure it doesn't get that far.
We have met the enemy and it is us: UCO members suing UCO and willing to go to any lengths to destroy good people and the community they themselves live in. Right-minded delegates will defeat them once again (161-4, remember?), but what a waste of time and energy.