NRA V. LT. COL. NORTH

TIMELINE

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May 6, 2018

The NRA and Ackerman amend their Service Agreement to affirm that any contract between Ackerman and Lt. Col. North would be a third-party contract.

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May 7, 2018
The New York Times reports that North will be the next president of the NRA.
Read the Report.

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May 15, 2018
North reportedly enters into a contract with Ackerman. A copy of the contract is not provided to the NRA for months.

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August 1, 2018

The NRA presses for and fails to obtain Ackerman records relating to, among other things, “dedicated” employees and expense accounting.

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September 1, 2018
NRA Audit Committee approves North's Ackerman engagement, on assurances NRA counsel will review the contract. Ackerman does not provide a copy for months.

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February 27, 2019
Ackerman provides a brief “live” review of the North contract, raising concerns about the accuracy of the previous summary provided to the Audit Committee.

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February 28, 2019
Following a forensic audit, NRA's General Counsel seeks info from Ackerman, including a copy of North's contract. Ackerman ignores the request.

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March 25, 2019
The NRA General Counsel again seeks additional visibility of the North Contract, related business arrangements and other business records.

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April 1, 2019

After months of stonewalling, North turns over his contract. It shows he is an agency employee, not a third-party contractor as originally represented.

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April 19, 2019
It is revealed that North produced only a fraction of the "American Heroes" episodes for which he and Ackerman were compensated by the NRA. 

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April 24, 2019
During the NRA Annual Meeting, North and Ackerman coordinate to make an extortion demand on Wayne LaPierre.

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April 25, 2019
By letter to the full Board, LaPierre relays and denounces Ackerman’s extortion threat, delivered by North, and refuses to resign.
Read the Letter.

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May 3, 2019
The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance seeks information from North based on media reports of his conduct.

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May 6, 2019
Through lawyers, North requests that the NRA indemnify him for legal fees and expenses he's forced to incur due to steps he took adverse to the NRA. 

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May 13, 2019 
The NRA sends a letter rejecting North’s demand for indemnification.

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May 31, 2019
Following an Audit Committee resolution finding an “irreconcilable conflict,” North is asked to resign from the NRA or Ackerman.

June 6, 2019
North's attorneys send a second request that the NRA indemnify him for legal fees and expenses relating to the subpoenas.

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June 19, 2019
The NRA files suit against North, seeking a judge's declaration that the NRA is not required to pay his legal bills.
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June 20, 2019
The AP reports that the NRA sued North for “conduct harmful to the NRA.”
Read the report.

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July 11, 2019
North files a counterclaim against the NRA. 

July 31, 2019
The New York Times reports that LaPierre prevailed in the internal NRA power struggle with North.
Read the report.

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July 31, 2019
In late May, the NRA serves upon North a subpoena duces tecum seeking records related to his extortion demand and a deposition subpoena

August 22, 2019
The New York Times publishes a story that lays bare the inner workings of the extortion demand.
Click here.

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October 10, 2019
New York Supreme Court rules in favor of the NRA, dismissing North's demands for indemnification.
Read media report.

July 1, 2020
The NRA seeks a declaratory judgment that it can proceed with a disciplinary proceeding to determine whether North should be expelled from NRA membership. Read the Complaint.

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July 22, /2020
Attorneys for North file their response to the NRA's July 1, 2020, complaint.
Read the Answer.