Judge throws out lawsuit against Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs — A lawsuit filed by a woman after she got booted from the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs has been dismissed by a District Court judge.
“The claims plaintiff pursued in this case had no basis whatsoever,” Judge Shelley Hill wrote in her ruling Thursday. “An award of reasonable attorneys’ fees is appropriate. Plaintiff and counsel for plaintiff shall be jointly and severally responsible for payment of the fees.”
The Rotary Club set aside $25,000 to defend themselves against the lawsuit filed Sept. 30 by Leslie Gamel. The lawsuit asked for damages that exceeded $100,000. 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.”
Gamel “has endured mental anguish and suffering, severe emotional distress, physical suffering, anxiety, loss of sleep, humiliation, self doubt, shame and injury to her reputation,” the lawsuit stated.
When contacted Friday, Gamel said this was not the end of the lawsuit and referred questions to her attorney, Scott McGill.
“She intends to ask the court to reconsider its ruling because there are a couple of errors in facts, and she thinks that will make a difference in the court’s ruling,” McGill said. “It’s a very complicated issue, and we haven’t finished reviewing the ruling.”
“The judge said we could rebut, so we are going to rebut,” Gamel said.
Rotary Club President Jim Moylan said they were very pleased with Hill’s decision.
“We appreciate her thoughtful analysis of the issues and we believe the conclusion Judge Hill reached is the just one,” Moylan said.
Moylan was named in the lawsuit along with Greg Stetman, Scott Marr, Grant Fenton, Gillian Morris, Winnie DelliQuadri, Steve Hitchcock, Karl Bunker and Suzanne Schlicht, who is the publisher of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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