Washington Supreme Court Denies Coverdale Petition for Review

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- Washington Supreme Court Denies Coverdale Petition for Review
RE: Supreme Court Nos. 89193-1 / No. 92803-7

- From the Press Release issued by JZK, Inc., September 6, 2016:
“The Washington Supreme Court has issued an order solidifying JZK, Inc.’s legal victories against Virginia Coverdale, a former student of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE). A five-judge panel unanimously denied Coverdale’s request to review a 2013 trial court decision finding that Coverdale had breached two separate written contracts in which she agreed not to disseminate RSE materials without the school’s permission. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals, the state’s intermediary appellate court, affirmed the trial court earlier this year. The Supreme Court also ruled that Coverdale would be required to reimburse JZK, Inc. for the legal fees occasioned by her conduct—a sum now exceeding $1 million.”

The Supreme Court’s refusal to accept the case also brings closure to an array of meritless counterclaims that Coverdale asserted against JZK, Inc. and its founder, JZ Knight. In both the original action and a subsequent lawsuit, Coverdale asserted over a dozen separate causes of action including defamation, misrepresentation, violations of consumer protection laws, and civil conspiracy. Despite being represented by at least four separate law firms over the course of the litigation, Coverdale failed to prove a single allegation. Her counterclaims were dismissed in 2013 and her subsequent lawsuit was dismissed by yet another judge in January of 2016.”

This case was not about free speech. It was about theft. This case was only about Virginia Coverdale’s use of a private teaching from an event in February 2012 without permission from JZK, Inc. in breach of her agreement.”

In addition to her court losses, Coverdale walks away with a large debt of court-awarded fees and costs. With accrued monthly interest, the total is presently over $860,000.

* On January 19 of this year, Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the decisions of two separate Thurston County Superior Court judges validating JZK, Inc.’s Conditions of Participation agreement and determining that Coverdale violated her agreement.

* As a result, the lower court’s order directing Coverdale to pay JZK, Inc. $600,021 in attorneys’ fees and costs stands. This judgment against Coverdale has accrued interest at 12 percent since the July 19, 2013 fee award was entered.

* JZK, Inc. received an additional award of attorneys’ fees and costs in the amount of $83,625 for prevailing before the Court of Appeals.

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JZK, Inc. was also awarded attorneys’ fees and costs in the State Supreme Court Order in an amount to be submitted and finalized in the week ahead.”

Click here to read the full Press Release, September 6, 2016.

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JZ Knight’s letter to the Nisqually Valley News on Coverdale case

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- JZ Knight’s Letter to the Editor of the Nisqually Valley News
“Several weeks ago, Virginia Coverdale wrote a letter to you stating that she had withdrawn her lawsuit against me and JZK, Inc. because she had lost her appeal of the Thurston County Superior Court rulings against her from July of 2013. She wrote that she did not walk away empty-handed. That is so.

In addition to her court losses, Coverdale walks away with a large debt of court-awarded fees and costs. With accrued monthly interest, the total is presently over $830,000.

On January 19 of this year, Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the decisions of two separate Thurston County Superior Court judges validating JZK, Inc.’s Conditions of Participation and determining that Coverdale violated it.

As a result, the lower court’s order directing Coverdale to pay JZK, Inc. $600,021 in attorneys’ fees and costs stands. This judgment against Coverdale has accrued interest at 12 percent since the July 19, 2013 fee award was entered.

JZK, Inc. anticipates an additional award of attorneys’ fees and costs for prevailing before the Court of Appeals. An agreed fee award in the amount of $83,625 was submitted to the appellate court, without opposition, on January 29, 2016.

While Coverdale has sought discretionary review in the Washington Supreme Court, she has already had two other requests for discretionary appellate consideration rejected in this case. Coverdale’s rehashing of the same arguments will bring the same results. Wisdom comes with a steep price.”

- JZ Knight


- “PAY THE PIPER Failed Lawsuits Against JZ Knight, JZK, Inc. Put Coverdale in Major Debt”
Click here for the Letter to the Editor published May 5 in the Nisqually Valley News.



Virginia Coverdale sued in Thurston County Superior Court
Photo by Scott Roberts/Freedom Foundation
in the Nisqually Valley News.



- Of note:
Coverdale took her case before two Thurston County Superior Court judges, Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court, all resulting in her losses and the debt burden Knight mentioned above. Even some of Coverdale’s more realistic supporters went on-the-record in The Olympian at the beginning of her pursuit saying this was a simple breach of contract and she would lose.

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JZK, Inc. wins on all issues in Coverdale, et al. case – Court of Appeals sides with the trial court and JZK, Inc.

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- JZK, Inc. wins against Virgina Coverdale on all grounds except one:
The Court of Appeals agreed with Thurston County Superior Court and JZK on all issues, except one [JZK, Inc is the parent company of Yelm-based Ramtha's School of Enlightenment (RSE)]:
A. upheld the summary judgment in JZK’s favor (including the attorney fee award to JZK),
B. strongly upheld the language of the school’s Conditions of Participation (CoP),
C. upheld the contempt finding against Coverdale for failing to get the court-ordered appraisal on her car,
D. awarded JZK the company’s reasonable attorneys’ fees under the CoP for opposing the appeal.
E. reversed the contempt order in part and remanded to the trial court to reconsider its contempt decision consistent with this opinion.


- JZ Knight, President of JZK, Inc. told this to the Yelm Community Blog:
I am elated the Appeals Court saw the merits of all points in our case, also siding with the determinations of the Trial Court.
Yes, this was a long process to reach the conclusion of this case, however I have always stood firm against anyone attempting to rewrite the history of our school.
In the final analysis, the facts and truth prevailed.
I want to acknowledge the Courts, the Justices and their staffs, JZK, Inc’s crack team of attorneys, my staff, and the students of RSE, who stood united with all of us and never wavered amid a torrent of negative publicity.



- Unpublished Opinion filed January 19, 2016:
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON DIVISION II
JZK, INC., a Washington corporation, Respondent,
v.
VIRGINIA COVERDALE; JOHN DOES 1-20 and JANE DOES 1-20, also known as ENLIGHTEN ME FREE, Appellant.
Click here for the complete filing.


- Quoting from the official filed document signed by Judge Worswick:
“JZK, Inc. obtained an injunction, a judgment for attorney fees, a writ of execution, and an order of contempt against Virginia Coverdale after Coverdale posted a video on the Internet in violation of a nondissemination agreement. Coverdale appeals several superior court orders arguing that the court erred by (1) granting JZK summary judgment and denying Coverdale summary judgment on the issue of the contract’s breach, (2) dismissing Coverdale’s affirmative defenses and counterclaims, (3) denying Coverdale’s motion to amend her answer to the complaint, (4) failing to strike JZK’s summary judgment rebuttal brief, and (5) finding Coverdale in contempt of two court orders. We affirm all the superior court’s orders except for the order finding Coverdale in contempt. Accordingly, we reverse the contempt order in part and remand for the court to reconsider its contempt decision consistent with this opinion.”

“A majority of the panel having determined that this opinion will not be printed in the Washington Appellate Reports, but will be filed for public record in accordance with RCW 2.06.040, it is so ordered.”
Click here for the complete filing.


- Statement from Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
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State Constitution ruling negates one Coverdale ruling –
first ruling remains intact, Coverdale owes $600,000+

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- “Supreme Court’s Ruling Negates Judgment Against Coverdale”
“Ex-Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment Student Won’t Have to Pay $36,000 ”

“A Washington State Supreme Court ruling is saving ex-Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment student Virginia Coverdale about $36,000.
Coverdale is suing JZ Knight and her company, JZK, Inc., in Thurston County Superior Court.
In December, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy threw out Coverdale’s claims of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, while allowing Coverdale’s other claims to move forward.
Murphy ordered Coverdale to pay Knight and JZK, Inc., more than $36,000 in fees and penalties under the state’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute.
But the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on May 28 that the anti-SLAPP statute is unconstitutional because it violates a person’s constitutional right to trial by jury.
Now that the statute has been declared unconstitutional, Coverdale doesn’t have to pay the $36,000.”

“The ruling doesn’t affect a judgment from a previous case in which JZK, Inc., sued Coverdale. Coverdale was ordered in July 2013 to pay the company $600,000 in attorney’s fees and court costs,” by Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News.
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“Freedom Foundation and JZK, Inc. Settle Lawsuit”

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- “Controversial Video at Center of Copyright Dispute”

UPDATE from the story reported here May 16, 2014:
By Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News:

“The lawsuit between the Freedom Foundation and JZK, Inc. has been dismissed.

Last May, JZK, Inc. sued the Freedom Foundation, a right-leaning Olympia think-tank formerly known as the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, its employee Glen Morgan, and his wife, Lauren Morgan, in U.S. District court.

JZK, Inc. argued in court documents that Morgan and the Freedom Foundation violated Knight’s copyright when Morgan gave the Thurston County Board of Commissioners DVDs with excerpts of an event at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment that was streamed online.”

In April, the Freedom Foundation approached the company, owned by JZ Knight, about a settlement, and the company agreed, according to David Dewhirst of the Freedom Foundation.

Each party decided to pay its own attorney’s fees, Dewhirst said.”
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- “Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director at the Freedom Foundation.”
He now holds the position of Adjunct Fellow, according to the Freedom Foundation website.
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