Sunday, June 19, 2016

Throckmorton reports Driscoll counsel files motion for dismissal with prejudice in civil RICO suit

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/
http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/files/2016/06/Driscoll-Dismissal.pdf

so there's that. 


http://web.archive.org/web/20141031232443/https://marshill.com/2014/07/21/the-weekly-7-21-14
https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonymous/b1dd5d1b6b3a14b6e7f3/raw/6c9dfc093dda78bb1a6b7ae29a9909045ad2a9e3/MHMW20140718
...
As well, one of the things that has been complex is the fact that a lot of the people that we are dealing with in this season remain anonymous. And so we don't know how to reconcile, or how to work things out with, with people because we're not entirely sure who they are, and so that has, that has made things a little more complex and difficult as well. [emphasis added]

http://investyourgifts.com/mars-hill-global/
Posted by on
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During the past twelve months, an online petition calling for “greater financial transparency from the leadership of Mars Hill” was started and has since been signed by 507 people. While some of those who have signed the petition may have been donors to Mars Hill Global, the overwhelming majority (98%) of signers never gave to Mars Hill Global.

On April 4, 2014, parties whom were led by a former Mars Hill member sent a legal request for the preservation of documents to Mars Hill Church. This type of request normally proceeds a lawsuit, however a year has passed since Mars Hill received the legal notice. Then in August and again in December, these parties threatened legal action against many of the former MHC leadership, including myself. They charge that former leaders misappropriated funds with regards to Mars Hill Global. There are however a few facts to consider:
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4. The leader of this potential legal action has not been a member of Mars Hill Church since 2007. He is a CEO of a non-profit that participates in Africa, and Mars Hill once supported this non-profit. There are now four remaining potential plaintiffs listed in the most recent threat of legal action sent in December 2014.

It's been hard to take at face value the 2014 claim from Mark Driscoll to the effect of "because we're not entirely sure who they are" when in 2015 Turner mentioned the details he mentioned. 

http://investyourgifts.com/civil-rico-lawsuit-response/
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Over two years ago, a group of former members of Mars Hill Church hired Plaintiff counsel, Mr. Fahling, to send a letter demanding that documents be preserved for purposes of a civil RICO lawsuit. (Turner Decl. at ¶6). Following that letter, the group of possible plaintiffs in the potential litigation changed, but the attorney pursuing the case remained the same, Brian Fahling. (Id.)  Mr. Fahling, on behalf of a group of plaintiffs, sent many demand letters to Mars Hill Church and to general counsel of Mars Hill Church requesting mediation and threatening lawsuits. (Id. at ¶7). These actions by the Plaintiffs cost the church a significant amount of money in legal fees. (Id.). These letters portrayed a desire for resolution and claimed that many other church members, beyond those named as plaintiffs, would step forward and join the lawsuit, if necessary. (Id. at ¶8).

This, again, would seem to raise a question about how accurate Mark Driscoll was being about how uncertain the Mars Hill leadership "we" was about who they were dealing with. 

In other coverage ...

http://religionnews.com/2016/06/17/former-mars-hill-church-elder-moves-to-dismiss-lawsuit-against-him/

It may not be entirely accurate to say the Mars Hill campuses closed.  They closed as Mars Hill campuses but about ten of them are relaunched/relaunching as independent churches.  The Mars Hill Foundation for Planting Churches is still listed as active according to the Washington State Secretary of State.

https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603349072

https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603349072
MARS HILL FOUNDATION FOR PLANTING CHURCHES
UBI Number 603349072
Category REG
Profit/Nonprofit Nonprofit
Active/Inactive Active
State Of Incorporation WA
WA Filing Date 10/30/2013
Expiration Date 10/31/2016
Inactive Date 
Duration Perpetual

Agent Name CT CORPORATION SYSTEM 
Address
505 UNION AVE SE STE 120
OLYMPIA WA 98501 

President
DRISCOLL, MARK
1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107

Secretary
BRUSKAS, DAVID
1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107

That said, that mailing address for the officers could be out of date since it seems that the 50th street corporate HQ building for Mars Hill was a case of deed in lieu of foreclosure

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-end-of-mars-hills-ballard-corporate.html

For those who might even possibly care what B-50 Investors, LLC is
https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603448660
B-50 INVESTORS, LLC
UBI Number 603448660
Category LLC
Active/Inactive Active
State Of Incorporation WA
WA Filing Date 11/03/2014
Expiration Date 11/30/2016
Inactive Date 
Duration Perpetual

Agent Name PR CORP SERVICES INC 
Address
10900 NE 4TH ST STE 1850
BELLEVUE WA 98004 

Governing Persons
Manager
MORAN , PATRICK
10900 NE 4TH ST STE 1850
BELLEVUE , WA 98004 



 Then there's ... a potentially not necessarily related ...
https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603447982
B-50, LLC
UBI Number 603447982
Category LLC
Active/Inactive Inactive
State Of Incorporation WA
WA Filing Date 10/30/2014
Expiration Date 10/31/2015
Inactive Date 02/01/2016
Duration Perpetual
Which is to suggest that wherever ... MARS HILL FOUNDATION FOR PLANTING CHURCHES is now located, it probably can't be at the old corporate headquarters, can it?

But it's still listed as active so perhaps Driscoll or Bruskas can answer a question about the foundation? 

Meanwhile, the suit hasn't been something that seems worth reporting on unless things actually happen and since ... well, for want of a better way to put it things are happening, if only in the sense that stuff is being printed, that can be noted.

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