Lago Agrio: More Sharon Stone Madness

Readers, remember where we were in the Sharon Stone case? MCSquared had sued Stone and American Program Bureau for damages arising out of the cancellation of Stone’s speaking engagement in Ecuador. Stone and APB have pointed out that the contracts had arbitration agreements and asked for dismissal. MCSquared claimed, without an affidavit, that the signature of its principal, Maria Garay, on the contracts was forged.

Well, APB has now submitted a declaration by Jan S. Tavitian, an APB vice president, that contains what purports to be her email correspondence with Garay, including emails apparently from Garay transmitting the signature pages back to APB. Some of the pages were difficult to read or illegible, but APB has also produced what purports to be correspondence to Garay requesting a hard copy, which APB says Garay provided.

So this is now a really high-stakes game of poker. Either APB has falsified not just Garay’s signature but a whole bunch of emails, or else someone on Garay’s side of the case has been careless or worse. Surely Garay’s lawyer examined her emails before sending the letter asserting that Garay’s signature was apparently fraudulent? Surely Garay obeyed her lawyer’s instructions to turn over to him all the relevant emails? I’ll keep an eye on this for you!

About Ted Folkman

Ted Folkman is a shareholder with Murphy & King, a Boston law firm, where he has a complex business litigation practice. He is the author of International Judicial Assistance (MCLE 2012), a nuts-and-bolts guide to international judicial assistance issues, and of the chapter on service of process in the ABA's forthcoming treatise on International Aspects of US Litigation, and he is the publisher of Letters Blogatory, the Web's first blog devoted to international judicial assistance, which the ABA recognized as one of the best 100 legal blogs in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

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