Case management conference scheduled in Results Property Management case
The longstanding case between Jason Hartman and Results Property Management principals Quentin Kearney and Ken Logan is moving forward with a case management conference scheduled for January 4.
Logan and Kearney have been embroiled in a legal battle with real estate expert Hartman for eight years. The dispute began over invoices for property maintenance. Hartman alleged the billing invoices were too vague, and that he was unable to determine what work had been done and who had performed the work. When he didn’t receive detailed invoices, Hartman posted online a video showing the suspicious invoices.
The judge presiding over the case recently appointed a Special Master.
“The Court, having reviewed the motions and the suggestions of the parties, and upon careful consideration of the pleadings, finds that this case raises unique, complex and troubling issues, potentially meriting additional discovery and inquiry, and therefore appointment of a Special Master is necessary and appropriate and therefore pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 68.01 does immediately appoint the Honorable J.D. Williamson as Special Master in this matter,” the judge’s ruling reads.
A Special Master is an official appointed by a judge to make sure that judicial orders are actually followed, or in the alternative, to hear evidence on behalf of the judge and make recommendations as to the disposition of a matter.
The judged ordered the plaintiff and the defendants evenly split the cost of the Special Master, although a request can be made to have only the defendant pay.
Kearney to be deposed
The Court also granted plaintiff’s request to re-open the deposition of Quentin Kearney. Hartman’s attorney argued in his motion that Kearney had been uncooperative during a previous deposition.
Hartman also asked for the court to disqualify the defendant’s counsel. The request comes on the heels of an action taken by attorney David Zeiler, who represents Kearney and Logan.
For many years, Hartman had been represented by Lee Hardee III of Kansas City, Missouri, but the case took a bizarre turn in early August when Hardee was forced to recuse himself from the case. Hardee was notified — while arguing in court on the same case — that Logan and Kearney were suing him for abuse of process. The pair are represented by Zeiler and Michael Hughes.
Hardee, who suffers from hypertension, was subsequently admitted to the hospital, reportedly due to stress.
Due to a conflict-of-interest, Hardee had to file a motion to withdraw from the Results Property Management case, leaving Hartman without counsel just hours before the trial was scheduled to begin.
The newly-appointed Special Master, Honorable J.D. Williamson, will preside over the case management conference. A pre-trial hearing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 1.