Dieter, This was posted here on RMR in April of 2003. Might help. Bruce
From: eriefan ( firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: No Court For Painter - Happy Ending
t Newsgroups: rec.models.railroad Date: 2003-04-14 20:00:47 PST
Despite a previous post, there is no longer any court date appointed for Mark Mason. Mr. Mason agreed to and signed a Consent Judgement with the Kansas Attorney General's Office on April 8th of this year. The parties agreed to stipulations, in layman's terms, in which the Attorney General physically took possession of all on hand former RR Custom Paints customer property with the intent of notifing all owners of such property and making arrangements for return to each individual.
By surrendering all above mentioned property, Mr. Mason admits no wrong doing and agrees not to seek Civil Penalties in this case. That's it. No fines, no judgement, no court. RR Custom Paints is out of business, customers get thier model's back, and people without a life will now have to badmouth someone else. A Happy Ending indeed.
If you want more details you should be able to find public records of case, just as I did, at the Official State of Kansas Web Site. For those who care to know, I'm told Mr. Mason is doing well and is still active in the Model Railroading hobby.