Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Greg Mortenson Again Defending His Actions

By Gary Snyder

On the heels of a settlement, author Greg Mortenson is facing accusations that he fabricated parts of his best-selling books “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools.” A hearing is set on claims that Mortenson lied about how he came to build schools in Central Asia after losing his way in a failed mountaineering expedition and being nursed back to health in a Pakistani village.

The lawsuit — filed by two California residents, a Montana man and an Illinois woman who bought the books — list more than two dozen alleged fabrications and accusations of wrongdoing by Mortenson, publisher Penguin Group, co-author David Oliver Relin and the Central Asia Institute. Lawyers for Mortenson and Penguin Group are asking Haddon to dismiss the lawsuit, which seeks triple the amount of total books sales, plus punitive damages. 


The lawsuit is asking a judge to order that everybody who bought the books be refunded. Whatever money is left over would go to a humanitarian organization selected by the plaintiffs’ attorneys and approved by the court. That could add up to $7 million.

The hearing comes less than two weeks after Mortenson and the Montana attorney general announced a $1 million agreement to settle claims that Mortenson mismanaged the Central Asia Institute and misspent its funds. The agreement removes Mortenson from any financial oversight and overhauls the charity’s structure. (link)









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