medical marijuana group countersues former backer

August 17th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: August 17
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Maine medical marijuana group countersues former backer

Northeast Patients Group seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in the filing.

By Michael Shepherd
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Maine’s largest medical marijuana nonprofit group has retaliated against its former backer, denying it has outstanding loans and countersuing for monetary awards.

Northeast Patients Group’s answer to a complaint by Berkeley Patients Group was filed Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court by Stephen Langsdorf, an Augusta-based lawyer for Preti Flaherty.

The filing says Northeast Patients Group wants a judge to dismiss four of eight counts alleged by Berkeley Patients Group.

All other claims were filed against Executive Director Becky DeKeuster, and so were left unanswered by Northeast Patients Group.

Langsdorf’s answer asks the court to dismiss Berkeley’s claims for repayment of debt, unjust enrichment, breach of contract and use of confidential information.

In July, California-based Berkeley sued Northeast and DeKeuster. It claimed more than $632,000 in unpaid loans, saying DeKeuster used Berkeley’s proprietary information to negotiate a financing deal with ex-NBA player Cuttino Mobley while serving as New England expansion director for Berkeley. It also asked that DeKeuster be removed from her post.

Langsdorf said Tuesday that Northeast did receive some of the $632,000 which Berkeley claims it provided — and used it

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