Arizona Republic profiles reporter Richard Ruelas featured an article on Baird Williams & Greer partner Jim Reed in Sunday’s Republic. The article focuses on Jim’s work in the Federal Court of Claims on behalf of retired ATF Agent Jay Dobyns entitled “Jay Dobyns v. United States“. The lawsuit went seven years, resulting in a plaintiff’s verdict and the denial of the Justice Department’s counterclaims for royalties for Mr. Dobyns bestseller “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.” The litigation law firm of Baird Williams & Greer congratulates our partner Jim Reed.
Multiple media outlets covered the Jay Dobyns victory in the case against the ATF. J. Ernest Baird, P.C. attorney James Reed was quoted extensively in the coverage.
USA Today: Court favors ex-agent in suit against ATF
Arizona Republic and Channel 12 NBC TV News: Judge: ATF to pay $173K to ex-agent
AP: Retired agent awarded $173,000 in ATF lawsuit (various other outlets picked up the AP story)
Arizona Daily Independent: Dobyns vindicated, awarded $173,000 in monetary damages
Miami Herald: Retired agent awarded $173,000 in ATF lawsuit
Daily Mail (UK): Retired agent awarded $173,000 in ATF lawsuit
Courthouse News Service: Feds Owe Ex-Undercover Agent for Gang Threats
Today, Federal Judge Francis M. Allegra of the United States Court of Federal Claims released his trial court opinion following a three week trial to the bench, finding in favor of 27 year United States Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover Special Agent Jay Dobyns (ret’d), against the defendant United States and the U.S. Department of Justice.
A full press release with information about the case can be found here:
Baird Williams & Greer filed a $10M federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice on behalf of former ATF Agent Jay Dobyns, maintaining he was betrayed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Dobyns claimed the ATF ignored death threats against him and his family, as well as tried to frame him in an effort to cover-up their own corruption. J. Ernest Baird, P.C. Attorney James B. Reed served as lead counsel on the case, which made headlines in Washington D.C. and Tucson, Ariz. for its riveting evidence and stunning testimony. ABC (KGUN9-TV) located in Tucson covered the story locally and included an interview with J. Ernest Baird, P.C. Attorney Reed. You can watch the entire story here.
As lead counsel, Baird Williams & Greer Attorney James B. Reed makes an appearance on a National Rifle Association News Special Report from Ginny Simone, weighing in on the Dobyns vs. United States case. Reed represents retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Jay Dobyns in a contract dispute suit in which Dobyns maintains while serving as an undercover agent paid to infiltrate the Hells Angels, the ATF failed to adequately protect him and his family against threats and violence made by the gang.
ARIZONA COURT RULES ‘LONG-ARM’ CASES MUST FOLLOW HOME-STATE LAW TO THE LETTER
Local law firm Baird Williams & Greer triumphs in Arizona Court of Appeals.
PHOENIX (May 29, 2013) – Companies that hope to enforce out-of-state judgments against Arizona firms must follow procedures to the letter of the law, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.
The judges vacated a bid by Texas-based Hillcrest Bank to enforce a default judgment obtained in a Texas court against Phoenix resident Richard Sodja.
In their unanimous decision, the appellate judges acknowledged there are ways for out-of-state companies to sue Arizonans in their own state courts. And some states, such as Texas, do have applicable “long arm” laws. But Judge Margaret Downie, writing for the court, said Arizona courts will honor those out-of-state judgments only when they are in strict compliance with the applicable laws of the other state.
J. Ernest Baird, P.C. Attorney Craig LaChance represented Sodja in his appeal.
“The bank sued Sodja in Texas, alleging breach of three guaranty agreements,” LaChance said. “Because Sodja is not a Texas resident, the bank relied on the Texas ‘long arm’ law to serve him with the papers, which involves serving the Texas secretary of state.”
That office forwarded the petition and citation, the equivalent of a complaint and a summons, to the Phoenix business address for Sodja listed in the bank’s petition, but not to his home. When Sodja failed to respond, a default judgment was entered against him.
The bank eventually filed a notice in Maricopa County Superior Court to enforce the Texas judgment. A trial judge here rejected Sodja’s bid to void that judgment, resulting in the appeal.
The judges ruled that Arizona courts are not required to enforce judgments if the originating court did not have jurisdiction over the defendant. Under Texas laws, there must be proper service of a claim against a defendant.
“One requirement is a statement of the name and address of the nonresident’s home or home office,” LaChance said. “The bank in this case failed to meet the requirement so the judgment against Sodja was vacated.”
The East Valley Tribune wrote a piece about the appeal: “Out-of-state judgments must follow Arizona law to sue, judges rule.“
Baird Williams & Greer Law provides legal counsel to ATF Agent Jay Dobyns in a $4 million lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, alleging defamation of character and the failure to protect him and his family. The lawsuit follows the release of Dobyns’ best seller, “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels,” written with Nils Johnson-Shelton. In the book, Dobyns’ describes his undercover mission with the Hells Angels and the subsequent fall out. Read more >>
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