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Judge hears arguments to dismiss suit involving Coleman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas judge is hearing arguments to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that a prominent businessman improperly directed money to former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman.

The lawsuit alleges that Minnesota businessman Nasser Kazeminy had $75,000 sent to Coleman from Deep Marine Technology Inc. in the form of insurance payments made to a company employing Coleman’s wife, Laurie.

Coleman is not named as a party in the case. He and Kazeminy, who was a campaign donor, have denied any wrongdoing.

The case had been postponed pending a special investigation commissioned by Deep Marine’s board.

Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that the special litigation committee cleared Coleman of any wrongdoing.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Terry Hayes on 08/11/2009 - 12:16 pm.

    And now….the REST of the story….
    which neither MPR nor Cynthia deemed newsworthy:

    “Casey Wallace, the attorney representing McKim (who brought the original lawsuit), argues that the investigation wasn’t independent, but rather was controlled by the company’s board of directors.

    “We believe that the conclusions of the Special Litigation Committee are wrong, that the investigation was skewed to have a certain outcome,” he said. “The special litigation committee is the board; the board is the special litigation committee. We don’t believe it’s independent or serves any purpose.”

    Wallace says the outcome of the investigation will have no affect on his client’s legal strategy. “We plan to go forward,” he said.”
    from an article by Paul Demko, Minnesota, July 1, 2009

  2. Submitted by Terry Hayes on 08/11/2009 - 12:33 pm.

    and another thing….I think the word ‘cleared’ is a bit premature. Here’s my suggestion for a headline:
    “Deep Marine Finds No Merit In Lawsuit Filed Against It.”


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