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Auction Defamation

Scottsdale, AZ: (Jan-09-08) Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. LLC brought a lawsuit against David Clabuesch in US District Court in Arizona, over the sale of Clabuesch's vehicle at Barrett-Jackson's January 2007 Scottsdale auction. The suit stemmed from Clabuesch being unhappy with the price paid for the vehicle, which led to his locking and chaining the tires after it was sold, preventing delivery to the new owners. The suit stated that Clabuesch also posted numerous signs in and around the vehicle expressing his opinions about Barrett-Jackson and the company's auction practices. Visible in one of the most high traffic areas of the auction site until removed by the company's security officer and local police, the signs were viewed by the company's customers and members of the public attending the event.

Company spokespersons said that following the incident, the auctioneer faced numerous defamatory rumors and untrue statements, which were published on various web sites, blogs and online chat rooms. Sources close to the case stated that the two sides agreed to settle the dispute by entering into an agreement, terms of which were undisclosed. In the settlement, Clabuesch exonerated the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company of all allegations of wrongdoing in relation to a situation that occurred at the company's Scottsdale event in January 2007. [BUSINESS WIRE: AUCTION DEFAMATION]

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Published on Jan-10-08


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