ToughLove Advocate Igal Feibush Called A Scam Artist By California Appellate Justices
|Hey buddy! I got me a $15,000 gold watch here that I'll sell you for $8.|
Igal Jonathan Feibush says he's an advocate of "tough love"--rehabilitation of troubled people with strict rules, but the Southern California businessman is getting a taste of his own medicine.
Feibush--who boldly sued Drew Barrymore, VH1 and MTV for allegedly stealing what he claimed was his registered trademark: "ToughLove,"--is, it turns out, a scam artist who didn't have the trademark, according to records at a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana.
Worse for investor Sharon Bell, Feibush used the trademark ownership claim to trick her out of $202,500 by promising he could convert the loan into millions of dollars in profits.
Feibush, a Los Angeles County resident, eventually refused to pay back the money.
An unamused Bell sued in Orange County Superior Court, and won a judgment for the original amount of the loan, interest and a whopping $607,500 in treble damages.
Feibush appealed, claiming that Judge James Di Cesare did not have the legal authority to apply treble damages.
But this week, a three-justice panel at the state appellate court upheld the award as justified.
Upshot: Feibush is now on the hook to pay Bell more than $810,000 and the justices also ordered him to reimburse his victim for her legal costs in the appeal.
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