(Westmoreland GOP Commissioner’s candidate hiding lawsuit – promoted by PA Eagle Eye)
A stunning revelation about Westmoreland County GOP Commissioner candidate R. Tyler Courtney has surfaced and Westmoreland County is one of the key suburban County Commissioner showdowns of the 2011 election cycle in the Keystone State.
An independent group “People Interested in Truth” has revealed a series of troubling facts, which suggest that Courtney has been less than candid with voters about his past business practices. While Courtney, a favorite of State Sen. Kim Ward who touts his business experience, it appears his unethical business practices led to a substantial lawsuit, followed by Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Courtney’s firm Financial Services was sued for trademark infringement for incorporating the name A1 Mortgage into his existing firms name, well after being aware of A1 Mortgage Corporation’s existence in Westmoreland County and throughout Pennsylvania. According to the courts documents, the Court found that Courtney’s firm “acted with bad faith intent to profit” when it registered the domain name in 2003.
As part of the Findings of Fact, Courtney issued a memorandum instructing employees to mislead consumers in western Pennsylvania. It states that Courtney knew which specific radio stations Financial Services advertised on, but he instead instructed employees to tell consumers that they did not know which specific stations. Courtney then denied issuing such a Memorandum… when his employees confirmed the handwriting was in fact his.
The Finds of Fact went on to characterize that “the testimony of Courtney was not credible in this respect” and that “the Defendant Acted with bad faith and malicious intent to confuse consumers and profit from it.” Financial Services was ordered by the Court to pay $50,000 in damages for its intentional misconduct to A1 Mortgage Corporation.
A key point here also, is that Mr. Courtney’s termination as an Officer did not occur until 2006, which was the same year as this bankruptcy action. By the time he withdrew, it appears the firm had already been run into the ground essentially, prior to the same year bankruptcy filing.
The real question is, is this someone who should be a steward of taxpayer dollars and and overseer of county contracts? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Tyler Courtney is the epitomy of a Wall Street Republican that does and says one thing with respect to his business expertise, but his past dealings suggest that he does not possess a track record of ethical conduct needed to come anywhere near a County Commissioner post.
Neighboring Westmoreland Voters should reject this candidate in November.