A Salt Lake man has been ordered to pay $740,840 plus interest in a lawsuit alleging that he failed to keep his promises to more than 30 franchisees of a camera film business called Triad Marketing Inc.
Third District Judge Timothy R. Hanson entered judgment against the company and against Douglas Monson, 2090 Cresthill Drive, noting that neither had responded to the 1984 suit filed by the state Division of Consumer Protection, which was tried in August.When contacted Friday, Monson said he had never been informed of the trial and will appeal the judge's ruling.
The judge found in favor of two other defendants, Dirk Hogan and Dimar Hogan. He ruled they were not vicariously liable as officers and directors for the actions of Triad Marketing or its agents and they were not "sellers" in the legal sense but only passively involved as accountants.
Monson said he doesn't understand how the judge could have ruled for the Hogans and against him when they were officers of the company and he was "a kind of sales manager."
Assistant Attorney General Ruth Renlund, one of the attorneys representing the state, said the operations of Triad Marketing - no relation to Triad Utah - have been suspended for failure to pay taxes. Monson said the company voluntarily ceased doing business in 1981.
Renlund said franchisees were told Monson would supply them with 35mm camera film and with outlets in convenience stores and other locations, but he did not deliver the film in promised quantities.
Monson denied all the allegations. "We supplied everybody that paid us money, but we did not guarantee to refund money," he told the Deseret News.