APNewsBreak: ‘Three Cups of Tea’ lawsuit rejected

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Haddon wrote that many of the items that the lawsuit lists as lies made by the defendants after the books were written, such as CAI paying for Mortenson’s expenses and purchasing his books, “do not actually appear to be untruthful or illegal, and are overly vague.”

Haddon also ruled that the plaintiffs can’t rewrite their complaint to address those shortcomings, noting that the case has been pending for nearly a year and the lawsuit already has been changed five times.

“The imprecise, in part flimsy, and speculative nature of the claims and theories advanced underscore the necessary conclusion that further amendment would be futile,” Haddon wrote.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Zander Blewett did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The yearlong state investigation found that Mortenson’s poor record keeping and personnel management resulted in unknown amounts of cash spent overseas or for management costs without receipts or documentation. CAI’s two other board members were Mortenson loyalists who generally did not challenge him, and he resisted or ignored other employees who questioned his practices, the investigation said.

Mortenson also reaped financial benefits at the charity’s expense, including the free promotion of his books, and the royalties from thousands of copies the organization bought to donate to libraries, schools, churches and military personnel, the state found.

The organization spent more than $2 million on Mortenson’s charter flights to speaking engagements, and Mortenson and his family charged personal items to the charity, according to the report.

Anne Beyersdorfer, CAI’s interim executive director, has said Mortenson will remain the face of the charity but not as executive director, and that he is barred from being a voting member of the board of directors as long as he draws a paycheck from CAI.

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