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Tara Mote Loses Superior Court Fraud Suit with Attorney Russell Hippe

Tara Mote Loses Superior Court Fraud Suit with Attorney Russell Hippe

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Tara Mote lost her fraud case in Superior Court in Forsyth County, GA on March 28, 2012. The case was Civil Action File No. 08CV-1280.
Tara Mote lost her fraud case in Superior Court in Forsyth County, GA on March 28, 2012. The case was Civil Action File No. 08CV-1280.

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Tara Mote Loses Forsyth County, GA Superior Court Jury Trial
Forsyth County Superior Court, Georgia, April 15, 2012
Tara Mote
lost herfraud case in Superior Court in Forsyth County, GA on March 28, 2012. The casewas Civil Action File No. 08CV-1280.Tara Mote and her lawyer, Russell Hippe, alleged fraud in a 2002 real estatetransaction. The jury decided unanimously for the defendant, Jeff Tormey. Aftera short deliberation, the jury put an end to the case which began in 2008. Thetrial was presided over by the Honorable Judge Bagley.
After the trial, the defendant said, “For nearly four years, my attorneys and I
have been telling the plaintiff, Tara Mote, and her lawyer, Russell Hippe, theyhad no case because no fraud had been committed. Finally, it took a jury to tell
them the same thing we have been saying for years.”
 Asked about how he felt about the accusation of fraud and being the defendant
in a jury trial, Mr. Tormey said “
I felt like the victim of a shake-down. The first
time I met Rusty Hippe was at my attorney’s office where he said he would at
least get his legal fees from me. They managed to get the case all the way to a jury trial where they sought an $80,000 judgement. Rusty collected fees from hisclient, Tara Mote, but not from me. I felt bullied into settling out of court, but I
didn’t do anything wrong so I wouldn’
t settle. The jury gave them what theydeserved, nothing. Just because a case goes to trial does not necessarily meant
there is any proof, especially in a fraud case. I wish we had “loser pays” in
Georgia.
 In court, Tara Richardson testified the defendant made many promises bothbefore and after the contract was signed. However, the defense relied on thewritten documents, presented in court, which stated that no promises notincluded in the contract existed, and that everything agreed to by both partieswas included in the contact. The judge instructed the jury about Parole evidencethat says real estate contracts must be in writing and any modifications to realestate contacts must be in writing.The trial lasted three (3) days in Forsyth County. Twelve jurors and Judge Bagleyspent three days participating in the trial
. The defendant said “We believe the

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