Judge refuses to reconsider Rotary Club lawsuit | SteamboatToday.com

Judge refuses to reconsider Rotary Club lawsuit

— A judge has refused to reconsider her decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled former member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.

Judge Shelley Hill denied the request Monday and again ordered that Leslie Gamel pay all of the Rotary Club’s legal expenses.

“We are very pleased with Judge Hill’s recent decision in the Gamel litigation, especially the award of our attorney’s fees,” Rotary Club President Jim Moylan said. “It is the proper result.”

Moylan said being awarded their attorney’s fees will assure that the Rotary Club’s financial resources will continue to be used for its many beneficial purposes in the community.

“We sincerely hope that all parties can now move forward and on to more positive endeavors,” Moylan said.

When reached Wednesday, Gamel said she did not want to comment because she had not read Hill’s decision. Gamel’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

The Rotary Club set aside $25,000 to defend themselves against the lawsuit Gamel filed Sept. 30. The lawsuit named nine current and former Rotary members as defendants and stated the defendants “conspired to disgrace and humiliate (Gamel) by terminating her membership in the club.”

Hill dismissed the lawsuit Dec. 11.

“The claims plaintiff pursued in this case had no basis whatsoever,” Judge Shelley Hill wrote in her ruling.

Gamel then asked Hill to reconsider her decision.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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