Wednesday, April 19, 2006

GTXC Gatelinx GTX Global, How much longer for the Hagen's?

Gatelinx Legal Woes Continue
BY JOHN CHAPPELL: Staff Writer ( <-- local NC newspaper
The parking lot outside Gatelinx looks deserted now. Once a small tide of local people came to work at the former Winn-Dixie store on Poplar Street near U.S. 1. There were so many employees that Annette Hagen — wife of founder David Hagen — designed a New York style delicatessen to service lunch breaks. It was to attract the public as well — part of a prandial package to include Grey Ghost and a gourmet restaurant in a lavishly restored Jefferson Inn.
The deli never opened. Work on the Jefferson ground to a halt. Grey Ghost returned to its original owners and its original name. Now only a few cars dot the Gatelinx lot. The Hagens recently divorced, according to their son, Derek Allen Hagen. But the Hagens and their former companies faced and still face a series of lawsuits.
Rick Stefanik sued over issues related to ownership involving shares of stock — in this case based on software he said he had written relating to artificial intelligence and high speed voice and video communication over the Internet. That suit was settled in a confidential agreement in December.
Both Hagens served time in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud convictions under the name DeFusco. Last year, David Hagen resigned as CEO and director of Gatelinx Global “for the good of the company,” and Gatelinx Global changed its name to GTX Global, according to a statement by the company.
Last month, in a case brought in San Diego, Calif., opponents won a $1.5 million judgment against David Hagen, and others involved with him.
In January, Superior Court Judge Michael B. Orfield directed he pay Euro RSCG Direct Response (“Euro”) in the amount of $1,673,425.69 plus interest, accruing at $340.99 per day. On March 30, that judgment was filed with the office of the Moore County Clerk of Court.
In Texas, a judge in Collin County ordered Gatelinx pay $150,000 in principal damages to Parago Inc. That court also ordered the company to pay attorney’s fees in the amount of $4,933.26 in addition to the principal judgment.
In neither case did Gatelinx or the Hagens appear to defend against the claims. Both judgments were rendered by default. When one party to a suit fails to show up in court, the other side automatically wins, in most cases.
“The plaintiff ‘Parago’ came on to be heard,” Texas court records show. “Parago appeared by its attorney of record and announced ready for trial. The defendant, Gatelinx Corp. (‘Gatelinx’), although having been duly and legally cited to appear and answer, failed to appear and answer and wholly made default.”
After the time required by law passed with no answer, the judge read all the filed papers and decided that the allegations against Gatelinx had — by default — been admitted. It was as if the company had pleaded guilty as charged to claims against them in the lawsuit by not responding or showing up for court.
An issue in the Stefanik action had been the failure of Annette and David Hagen to come to court-ordered mediation. There had been a motion for sanctions that could have meant jail, but Stefanik withdrew that motion when the case was settled.
The court then found Gatelinx liable for damages, attorney fees and court costs. Much the same thing had happened in California, where Euro’s lawyers filed “ex parte” — that is, without Hagen or his lawyers present — for entry of judgment, again “upon default.”
On Monday, in Moore County Superior Court, attorneys for David Brady will bring the latest motion in their suit against the Hagens and two companies with which they have been associated, Hauge, LLC and Grey Ghost, LLC. A previous claim of more than a half-million dollars was settled a year ago, with Hauge and Grey Ghost agreeing to pay $552,000 plus 6 percent interest in 24 installments.
Anyone STILL wondering whether or not these guys are crooks?


Blogger Dogcrap Green said...

I have to givce them credit where credit is due.

These folks are good at hiding.

Have you noticed if you google search "GTXC Fraud" that GTXC has been succesfull at filling the screen with their links for "Fraud prevention". Try other catch phrases one would search under to uncover some dirt on this company.

They are good. I must give them credit for that.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might be of interest to you. I was contacted recently by a David Hagen (not sure if it the same Mr. Hagen), he inquired about purchasing a domain that I own. The domain is; looks as if he may be starting another company.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be of interest to you. I was contacted recently by a David Hagen (not sure if it is the same Mr. Hagen), interested in purchasing a domain that I own. The domain is; looks as if he may be starting another business.

6:35 AM  
Blogger ex-GTX said...

what would be terribly interesting is if this inquiry was made as a private citizen or as a representative of GTXC. He had, supposedly, resigned as CEO "for the good of the company" bac in early 05. (we all know that is BS of course). Maybe the reason he's out shopping for domains si that yadio, govalin and heelstrike.. the "partners" he's hung his revenue hat upon (which aren't even real companies) finally wised up and aren't even considering a deal now.

6:42 AM  
Blogger DoctorBob1944 said...

It would be nice, to read the headlines "David Hagen hanged on a Yellow Dogtree"... RONTGLMAO...

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work for them and I was fired when I started to learn too much about the company, i.e tax, refunds, past history, ect.
These people were horrible and Rick Stefanik wasn't any better. He took credit for everyone else's work and was the most arrogant person I have ever come across. I'm surprised he even got a settlement, his claims were more then likely made up.
He once said, "I dropped out of college because I was smarter them the teachers". My God, he really does believe that.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Stefanik stole my technology and took over at Gatelinx after I left due to finding out about the Hagans or whoever they are.

I should be the one filing a lawsute against the Hagans and Steganik.

7:03 AM  

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