The former business associate who sued them, Randy Quast, agreed to pay the Maurers $100,000 to settle the lawsuit, according to settlement papers provided last week to The Oregonian/OregonLive by the Maurers’ attorney, Andrew DeWeese. Quast had originally sought seven figures from the Maurers, but the Maurers countersued and Quast ultimately agreed to pay them.
Lawyers listed as representing Quast didn’t return requests for comment from The Oregonian/OregonLive. Quast also couldn’t be reached.
In 2016, Quast sued the Maurers, alleging breach of contract, defamation and other claims over a venture to start a marijuana-growing operation and a dispensary that ultimately never opened.
The Maurers denied Quast’s claims and countersued — alleging, in part, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract. Quast filed bankruptcy in Minnesota just before trial was to begin in January 2019.
Last December, Quast and the Maurers signed a settlement agreement, and a federal judge dismissed Quast’s lawsuit and the Maurers’ countersuit in March.
As part of the settlement agreement, Quast offered this written statement:
“I’ve dropped my claims against Travis and Leah Maurer. After learning additional facts in discovery, I now realize that this dispute was based on a misunderstanding. I regret the hardship this matter has caused the Maurers.”
The Maurers also offered this written statement: “We regret the misunderstanding between us that led to the two lawsuits. Now we can return our full attention to the important social and political issues that are part of the fight to end the drug war in our country.”
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