Comedian Sued Company Over Private Plane
Steve Harvey has scored a $208,000 legal victory against a private aircraft company – who the comedian sued for screwing him over on a deal – with a judge granting a default judgment after to the defendants never showed up to court.
Back in November, a company named Business Aircraft Leasing filed suit against the “Family Feud” host accusing him of screwing them out of $400,000 in renovations he wanted on a private jet.
The company said that they made a deal with Harvey in April to lease a Gulfstream G-IVSP S/N 1289, but only under the condition that they upgraded the jet’s interior to his likening -including custom carpet, custom seat designs and new upper and lower cabin sidewalls along with other changes that cost over $400,000.
They claimed that Harvey paid about half of the cost but then stiffed them for the rest of the money. They sued Harvey for screwing them out of the remaining $205,000 and never leasing the jet from them despite making them make the improvements.
The case was settled months later in January.
Then earlier this year, Harvey headed back to court and slapped Federal Aviation Title Company and a woman named Christina Klein with his own federal lawsuit.
The complaint explained that on May 28th 2015, he entered into an agreement with the company – as escrow agents – to hold and not release $250,000 that were being held in an account in relation to a deal he was working on with Business Aircraft Leasing.
Harvey said the money was only to be released once he accepted the private aircraft, something he says he never did. The comedian demanded the return of the $208,000 left in the account on several occasions, but said in court papers they refused to release it back to him.
Harvey filed for breach of contract and demanding $208,959.77 in damages for the remaining amount in the escrow account and punitive damages along with attorney fees.
Then in July, the comedian demanded the court award him a default judgment against Klein and the company, explaining they have blown off the lawsuit and failed to show up to court despite being served with the legal papers. He pleaded for the judge to awarded him the full $208,959.77 in damages.
This week, the judge came back with his decision and granted Harvey’s motion for a default judgment.
The judge said the evidence shows that the defendants were served with the legal papers and didn’t bother to respond to the allegations in court. Therefore, the judge granted Harvey’s motion and awarded him a default judgment in the full amount he requested in the amount of $208,959.77.