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ACG and the Hagers sue the ANA

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An interesting development today - ACG and the Hagers filed a Motion to Amend their Complaint. They are dismissing a number of the originally named Plaintiffs BUT they have added the American Numismatic Association as a Defendat in the Lawsuit. Although they have to get a court Order to amend their Complaint, it will in all probability be granted. Even if the Motion is denied they could proceed and file a separate Complaint against the ANA and any new Defendants. So there is a virtual certainty that the ANA will now be a named Defendant in the ACG lawsuit. In addition to the American Numismatic Association, Reid Goldsborough, and Thomas M. Pilitowski have also now been named as Defendants in the lawsuit.




Here's one of the allegations in the proposed Amended Complaint.


<< The Defendants are a federally chartered not-for-profit association that has hundreds of Florida residents as members and individuals sui juris who reside in the United States and, who at all times material hereto, were involved in the rare coin industry as collectors, members and/or governors of the AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION ("ANA"), were members of an Internet newsgroup and established ANA coin club known as "Rec. Collecting. Coins." ("RCC"), and/or were beholden to competitors of ACG, including but not limited to, Professional Coin Grading Service ("PCGS"), a division of Collectors Universe, a California corporation and/or were members of the Professional Numismatists Guild ("PNG") and/or the Industry Council For Tangible Assets ("ICTA"). The ANA and the individual Defendants entered into an implicit agreement to and each made false and disparaging statements about ACG, ALAN HAGER, and DIANE HAGER via the Internet and in other public venues (which statements were in turn re-published over the Internet) in a manner such that and with the intent that said statements were published in Seminole County, Florida, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, the ANA formed and publicized a "legal defense fund" on behalf of the individual Defendants in furtherance of the goals of the Defendants to disparage and destroy Plaintiffs and has allowed the publication of a false and defamatory open letter in July 2004 issue of its monthly magazine, "The Numismatist". >>

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