NRA V. LT. COL. NORTH
ABOUT THE NRA'S CASE
On October 10, 2019, the NRA achieved a victory in its lawsuit against former NRA President Lt. Col. Oliver North, when the New York Supreme Court dismissed, with prejudice, North's demands for indemnification from the NRA.
The NRA’s lawsuit against North, which was filed on June 19, 2019, stated, "The legal fees and expenses for which North seeks indemnification and advancement arise in connection with two sets of document requests — a judicial subpoena and a Congressional inquiry — that relate to a conspiracy by North to extort the NRA."
According to the complaint, North departed from his position as NRA President "after a widely publicized, failed coup attempt" that he spearheaded on behalf of his employer, Ackerman McQueen.
“North has acted in the best interests of himself and Ackerman and at the expense of the interests of the NRA, engaged in conduct harmful to the NRA, and persistently failed to provide to the NRA important details related to his lucrative contract with Ackerman,” the lawsuit stated.
Further, it stated, “The NRA would readily indemnify, in appropriate circumstances, officers or directors who discharge their roles in good faith and in the best interests of the NRA. But the NRA cannot, and will not, expend its donors’ funds to pay North’s legal fees after he chose to pursue his own financial interests at the direct expense of the NRA.”
In response to the New York Supreme Court ruling, NRA outside counsel William A. Brewer III stated, "This decision is a resounding win for the NRA in its dispute with Lt. Col. North. The NRA always viewed the position of Lt. Col. North as a misguided attempt to deflect from the cold reality: he played a central role in a corrupt scheme that actually caused many of the issues for which he sought indemnification.”
Brewer added, “The NRA will continue to hold Lt. Col. North and others accountable for actions taken in pursuit of their own self-interests. The Association will stay on the principled path – in support of its Constitutional freedoms and those of the millions of members it serves.”