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The E-Sylum: Volume 11, Number 28, July 13, 2008, Article 12

ANA SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER EMPLOYEES

My Mom taught me that good things come to those who wait. It's been a long nightmare for those involved, but the lawsuit filed by the American Numismatic Association against its former employees has finally been settled, as announced by the ANA on Monday.

We generally steer clear of club politics, but did make a point of endorsing a number of E-Sylum regulars who ran for the ANA Board of Governors in the last election. That election swept away most of the old guard and led to the removal of the Executive Director responsible for this vindictive suit, which has drained precious resources from both the defendants and the association.

The press release explicitly apologizes to the defendants. I've never met the new Executive Director Larry Shepherd, but I congratulate him and the Board for handling the matter with dignity.

John Nebel and his fellow defendants also handled the situation as gracefully as possible given the unfortunate circumstances. John is an enthusiastic and tireless volunteer for the hobby, and he managed to maintain his positive outlook on both numismatics and the ANA as an organization despite the lawsuit's tremendous personal and financial toll. His words, quoted below, show a remarkable capacity for commitment to the higher good. Better men than I might have been quickly embittered by the situation.

"I have been a dedicated ANA member for many years and this is best for all of us, including the ANA," he said. "The four of us named in this lawsuit are glad to finally put it behind us. We always believed the ANA was a good organization and hope it again can focus on its mission to meet the needs of numismatists around the world."


Throughout it all John continued to offer his time and services to the Numismatic Bibliomania Society and other ANA member clubs by providing free web site hosting services. In the case of NBS he also volunteered his time and expertise to help keep The E-Sylum web site and archive running smoothly (with over 6,000 individual E-Sylum articles, and now the new HTML format with graphics). Thanks, John, and good luck to you, Susie, Larry and Wayne.

Below is an excerpt from the ANA's Tuesday, July 10 press release. -Editor
The pending litigation between the American Numismatic Association and John Nebel and former employees Susie Nulty, Lawrence Lee, Ph. D. and Wayne Abraham has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties, Executive Director Larry Shepherd announced today.

The resolution followed several meetings between the ANA and John Nebel in which the ANA agreed to dismiss all claims against Nebel, Nulty, Lee and Abraham. The litigation started in July, 2005 when Christopher Cipoletti and the ANA filed suit against Nebel, Nulty, Lee, Abraham and Nebelís corporation, Computer Systems Design Company.

The case was scheduled for trial in September, 2007, but was rescheduled to August 14, 2008 after the ANAís former legal firm withdrew from the case in August 2007. Since that date the parties engaged in continued discussions in an effort to resolve their differences.

The ANA Board of Governors voted unanimously to dismiss all claims against Nebel, Nulty, Abraham and Lee and therefore put an end this litigation. As part of the settlement, the ANA made a payment to offset a portion of the defendants litigation costs.

The ANA and the Defendants prefer to engage in numismatics, not litigation. The ANA wishes to extend its sincere apology to the defendants for the hardship that this litigation has caused.

Other shoes have yet to drop, however. I understand there is ongoing arbitration involving the former executive director and a separate lawsuit filed against the ANA by former attorneys for nonpayment of fees. -Editor




Wayne Homren, Editor

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