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
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
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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