Set in ANA Case
By Numismatic News
A Nov. 8,
2010, trial date was set to adjudicate claims
for fees made by a Denver law firm against the
American Numismatic Association.
A Jan. 14 Colorado court ruling provided for “a
seven day jury trial.”
Claims by ANA’s former law firm in a
since-settled case initiated by former ANA
executive director Christopher Cipoletti are
that this law firm, Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP,
a Colorado limited liability partnership, should
be paid a six-figure fee for work that they were
engaged to preform on behalf of Cipoletti and,
they claim, the ANA.
This involved suing former ANA employees for
defamation, and a bevy of other charges. The
claim filed on behalf of the ANA and Cipoletti
was against its former computer consultants as
well as several former employees in El Paso
County, Colorado, district Court, according to
documents filed there July 22, 2005.
A news release at the time claimed the
underlying suit was brought “to protect the
security of its Internet site and the privacy of
membership and other confidential information.”
It was withdrawn and the issues settled with the
former employees three years later.
As a condition of settlement, the ANA agreed to
make a payment to offset a portion of the
defendants’ litigation costs.
Cipoletti and the ANA were both represented by
Janet Savage, a partner in Davis Graham &
Cipoletti was the ANA’s outside general counsel
and became executive director on the retirement
of Edward C. Rochette in 2003.
After Cipoletti’s discharge in 2007, which the
ANA board said was “For cause” – a curtain of
silence descended as the hearing of the
controversy began in the murky world of
The arbitrator ruled last year in favor of ANA.
Cipoletti appealed on grounds that, if proven
true, would permit an award to be overturned.
A pretrial conference has been set for Oct. 22
at 9 a.m.