Managing Partner Ronnie Bitman Obtains Important Court Verdict
— Ronnie Bitman, lead counsel for Mr. Stevenson
TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, May 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bitman O’Brien & Morat PLLC announce victory following a trial held on April 11, 2022. The case stems from a $450,000.00 judgment in a Michigan state court in favor of Vista Money LLC and Vineet Katail against Kurt Stevenson for commercial libel, defamation, tortious interference and invasion of privacy.
Mr. Stevenson has filed for bankruptcy protection in the federal bankruptcy court for the Intermediate District of Florida (Tampa Division). Vista Money and Katial filed adversarial proceedings against him arguing that Michigan’s $450,000.00 judgment should remain a valid debt because Mr. Stevenson’s underlying conduct was “willful and malicious”. If the conduct was “willful and malicious”, the debt would be exempt from discharge and remain payable.
In the end, the bankruptcy judge ruled in favor of Mr. Stevenson, found that his actions were neither “deliberate” nor “malicious” and discharged the full judgment debt of $450,000.00. $.
Mr. Stevenson told third parties that he believed Vista Money and Katial had stolen his $40,000, defrauded him and therefore that Katial was a criminal. The Court found that Mr. Stevenson “honestly believed these statements to be true when he made them (and he still believes them to be true)…” For this reason, the Court held that Vista Money and Mr. Katial n had failed to shoulder their burden showing that Mr. Stevenson’s intent was to harm them.
In its judgment of April 26, 2022, the Court concluded that “[Mr. Stevenson’s] the frustration with OPS and Vista Money is understandable. Worse still, for more than two years, [Mr. Stevenson] could not get a response from Vista Money or Katial regarding the services Vista Money had promised to provide under the marketing agreement or to arrange a refund of its $40,000.
The Court ruled that “Based on the facts [Mr. Stevenson’s] point of view, it is understandable that he felt like he had been scammed and his money was stolen. The Court found that Mr. Stevenson did not act willfully or maliciously and ruled that Vista Money and Mr. Katial had failed in their efforts to challenge the bankruptcy discharge judgment.
“It was a big win for Kurt and I’m happy for him that he can live the rest of his life without the huge burden of this questionable debt,” said Ronnie Bitman of Bitman O’Brien & Morat LLCManaging Partner and Senior Counsel to Mr. Stevenson.
A copy of Order 8:20-ap-00609-RCT finding that the Debtor’s Michigan State Court Debt to Plaintiffs is dischargeable can be found at Bitman O’Brien & Morat LLC website.
About Bitman O’Brien & Morat PLLC: Bitman O’Brien & Morat, PLLC is a leading law firm and provider of legal and advisory services to clients throughout Florida with offices in Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Areas of legal practice include, but are not limited to, commercial litigation, sports and entertainment, real estate, construction, and family law.