by Warren Throckmorton
January 18, 2017
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In April 2016, [K.P. Yohannan's - right] Gospel for Asia’s celebrity attorneys asked the Western Arkansas District Court to either dismiss the RICO suit against them or to require plaintiffs Matthew and Jennifer Dickson to submit to binding arbitration. Today, the court declined to dismiss the case. Furthermore, they declined to require the Dicksons to enter arbitration, ruling that their employment contract did not envision a case such as this.
In short, the RICO suit against Gospel for Asia will go forward.
Plaintiffs’ complaint is sufficiently pled to overcome the hurdles posed by Defendants’ motions to dismiss, and this case must proceed to discovery.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants’ motion to compel arbitration (Doc. 23) is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants’ motions to dismiss (Docs. 25 and 27) are DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 18th day of January, 2017.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III P.K. HOLMES, III CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Over the next several days, I hope to review my posts concerning GFA from 2015 which should give some indication of what discovery will be like for the defendants.FILED UNDER: DAVID CARROLL, FRANCIS CHAN, GOSPEL FOR ASIA, K.P. YOHANNANTAGGED WITH: GOSPEL FOR ASIA, KP YOHANNAN
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Sandi 216 • 12 hours ago
I thought I read on this blog that the Dicksons dropped their case due to finances. Obviously I'm wrong about that so I'm looking forward to the upcoming review. Thanks for your diligence, Warren!
Warren Throckmorton Mod Sandi 216 • 10 hours ago
That would be the couple from Seattle the Jacobsens who sued Mars Hill.
pc • 13 hours ago
My favorite part: "The Court agrees with Plaintiffs that Defendants are elevating form over substance in pursuing this argument on their motion to dismiss..."
Isn't the whole complaint that GFA elevates form over substance and in the process swindles people?
MG • 15 hours ago
Looks like the judge basically sided with the plaintiffs on all points on the question of whether it should proceed.
Mr Jesperson • 19 hours ago
Real discovery simply will not happen. I have said that before. Enough has already been discovered to show that GFA is a pure and total fraud. KP cannot allow discovery to proceed so it simply will not. Instead expect more delaying motions. I still think this is bound to end up in a summary judgment, probably after years of more rangling. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... This will only happen once the judge loses all patience with GFA's lawyers. It has already been almost a full year since the lawsuit was first filed.
Sandi 216 Mr Jesperson • 12 hours ago
You're probably right about the legal games GFA lawyers will attempt to pull off. This is also just one part of the worldwide GFA soap opera/money laundering scheme.
I wonder if specific defendants will have to testify, like some of the higher-ups? If so, getting the appropriate defendants in a courtroom could be challenging for GFA and something their attorneys would want to avoid. Surely there's some legal reason KP doesn't come back to the US - is it to avoid receiving subpoenas? That could give their lawyers another reason to postpone frequently, perform other legal maneuvers, and maybe even try to arrange a lowball settlement in exchange for not pleading guilty.
Where are the government cases vs GFA & Co, anyway? I honestly expected to read headlines about GFA tax evasion and fraud by now.
ChainsBroken2x Sandi 216 • an hour ago
I am fairly confident KP is in the US right now. He was also in Texas in early September of 2016.
Warren Throckmorton Mod ChainsBroken2x • 32 minutes ago
I wonder if anyone has had a KP sighting? Pics would be fun.
MG ChainsBroken2x • 41 minutes ago
Ah, so he's not been hiding out in India for the last couple years after all?
MG Mr Jesperson • 15 hours ago
It will somewhat depend on how patient the judge is willing to be.
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