Jury Awards $3.8 Million In Case Against KGEZ Host
September 18, 2008 at 5:27 AM (PT)
A FLATHEAD COUNTY, MT District Court jury decided WEDNESDAY night that radio host JOHN STOKES knowingly made false on-air comments about DAVAR and TODD GARDNER and awarded the GARDNERS damages totaling $3.8 million. reports THE FLATHEAD BEACON.
"We are ecstatic about it," TODD GARDNER said. "We know we’ll probably never see a dollar, but the more important thing is the message it sends to the valley about what’s right and wrong. Just because you have a microphone doesn’t mean you can attack someone."
DAVAR GARDNER and his son TODD sued the KGEZ radio talk show host and station owner over three broadcast remarks he made about them in 2007. These comments included claims that the GARDNERS lied under oath during a previous lawsuit with STOKES; that the GARDNERS submitted a false affidavit during the same litigation; and that the GARDNERS committed bank fraud when obtaining a $900,000 loan from GLACIER BANK.
When asked if he’d continue making comments about the GARDNERS on his show, he replied, "Only if they keep harassing me with lawsuit after lawsuit, but I have no intention to go after them."