NRA V. ACKERMAN

TIMELINE

May 11, 2019
NRA amends its complaint to seek additional details re: Col. North and his contractual obligations. 

May 22, 2019
NRA files a second lawsuit against Ackerman, accusing the firm of breaching its contract and undertaking a campaign to tarnish the NRA and senior leadership.
Read the Lawsuit.

June 26, 2019
LaPierre announces that NRATV will no longer air "live programming."
Read the Letter.

August 22, 2019
The New York Times publishes a story that lays bare the extortion plot against the NRA — and how NRA leaders prevailed.
Read the Report.

April 15, 2019
NRA Board Member Dan Boren tells a fellow Chickasaw Nation executive that “Ackerman is in trouble” in connection with the NRA’s lawsuit.
Read More.

April 24, 2019
During the NRA Annual Meeting, Lt. Col. North places an extortion demand upon Wayne LaPierre on behalf of himself and his employer, Ackerman. 

April 24, 2019
NRA files its first amended complaint, which recounts discovery regarding North's failure to complete documentary work for which he had been hired.
Read the Complaint.

April 25, 2019
In a letter to the full Board, LaPierre relays and denounces Ackerman’s extortion threat, and refuses to resign.
Read the Letter.

August 1, 2018
The NRA presses for Ackerman records relating to, among other things, "dedicated" employees and expense accounting. Ackerman refuses to comply.

February 1, 2019
Ackerman purports to cooperate with a third-party forensic audit, but attempts to forbid accountants from sharing basic documents, like budgets, with the NRA.

February-March 2019
NRA's General Counsel seeks additional info following the audit, including a copy of Lt. Col. North's contract. Ackerman ignores the request.

March 27, 2019
After a six month delay, Lt. Col. North’s counsel offers to finally share a copy of his contract, subject to NDA conditions. Attorneys negotiate conditions.

April 11, 2019
Lt. Col. North's contract is sent to NRA General Counsel with a letter that discloses that he has not filmed as many episodes of his show, "American Heroes," as required.

April 12, 2019
The NRA sues Ackerman for specific performance of the books-and-records inspection clause. The lawsuit discusses the difficulty accessing the North contract.
Read the Complaint.

November 14, 2019
The court dismisses a claim leveled against the NRA by Ackerman and limits Ackerman's access to forensic examiner's files.
Read More.

January 9, 2020
In response to a lawsuit filed by Ackerman against former NRATV host Grant Stinchfield, Stinchfield files an answer to the complaint.
Read the Filing.

September 14, 2020
The Hon. A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, denies motion by Ackerman and Mercury Group to disqualify Brewer firm from representing the NRA.
Read the Opinion.

April 16, 2020
The NRA files a motion to disqualify Ackerman's law firm, Dorsey & Whitney LLP.
Read the Motion.

December 18, 2019
The Daily Beast reports on an affidavit signed by former NRATV host Grant Stinchfield. The affidavit supports the NRA's position on many issues.
Read the Report.

February 11, 2021

The NRA files a motion for leave to file a second amended complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. The NRA seeks to amend its complaint to add a new claim for trademark infringement and to add new allegations uncovered during discovery that are specific to fraud and conspiracy charges against Mercury Group.complaint. Read the Complaint.