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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 14, April 1, 2001, Article 5

SUIT AGAINST BUTTREY DISMISSED 

   In a copyrighted article, Michael E. Marotta reports: 
   "On December 13, 2000,  the United States District 
   Court Southern District of New York (500 Pearl Street, 
   10007) dismissed Civil Action No. 00CV3233 for lack 
   of personal jurisdiction. 

   The libel suit brought against Prof. Theodore V. Buttrey 
   by Stack's LLC and John Jay Ford, Jr., asked $6 million 
   in damages.  The court ruled  that it could not hear the case 
   because the law cited by the plaintiffs did not apply to the 
   matter. 

   Lawyers for John Ford and Harvey Stack claimed damages 
   under 28 USC 1332(a) and 28 USC 1391(b).  The court 
   agreed with Buttrey's attorney that since the defendant does 
   not buy or sell as a merchant in New York the complaint 
   lacked merit. 

   The matter goes back to the so-called "Great Debate" at the 
   ANA 1999 Anniversary Convention in Rosemont, Illinois. 
   The encounter was an argument -- not exactly an academic 
   debate, since it lacked a proper Question and other formalities 
   -- at the Numismatic Theater presentation.  The subject was 
   the authenticity of several hundred "Western Assay Bars" 
   discovered and/or sold by Ford to several collectors and 
   through several dealers including Stacks LLC of New York. 
   Prof. Buttrey claimed in publications and lectures for the 
   American Numismatic Society that these objects are modern 
   fabrications and not artifacts of America's pioneer West. 
   Buttrey also condemned several bars sold by Ford allegedly 
   from the Mexico Mint of Spain in the 1700s." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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