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SCOTTSDALE: Ah, the Wunder of it all.
In Oct. 2013 Delta Airlines sued John Wunder, et al, in a Georgia district court for infringement of copyright, accusing the defendants of “manufacturing, importing, exporting, distributing, marketing, advertising, displaying, and/or otherwise using in the marketing of their business operations, materials bearing counterfeit reproductions of Delta’s federally registered trademarks (the “Delta Marks”), which are owned solely by Delta.”
Here’s the list of the defendants (got your popcorn ready?)
John Wunder; Bridgewater Marketing, LLC dba Tier 3 Productions; Travel Club Marketing Brokers, LLC; Classic Promotions & Premiums, Inc.; John Vanginhoven; James Curtis Lemley; Nationwide Travel Promotions; King Travel Promotions; American Travel Suppliers; Christi Wigle; Chelsee Fly; Rob Fly; Orbital Promotions; SB Global Marketing, LLC; Laurent Hazout; Sara Bayliss; Kessler Creative, LLC; Keith Kessler; Dina Kessler; Mail to You, LLC; Mailhouse, LLC; Brad Fry; Influence Direct, LLC; Andy Riddle; Jeremy Crosslin; Network Consulting Associates, Inc.; John Anderson; Jody Ritter; John Elmer; Allstar Marketing Direct, LLC; Aerie Davis; Grand Incentives, Inc.; Jose Martinez; Grace Martinez; JD & T Enterprises, Inc.; Delta Sky Rewards, LLC; Prescient Marketing, LLC; Meredith Sarver; and John Does 1-50.
Moving forward, on May 29, 2015 Delta won a default judgment against John Wunder, Bridgewater Marketing, LLC, Travel Club Marketing Brokers, LLC, Mail to You, LLC, Mailhouse, LLC, Delta Sky Rewards, LLC and JD & T Enterprises when those defendants failed “to plead or otherwise to defend in this action”. Judge Mark H. Cohen subsequently directed that they are all permanently enjoined from further infringement and ordered Wunder, Bridgewater, Travel Club Marketing, Mail to You, Mailhouse, and Delta Sky Rewards to pay Delta jointly and severally, the amount of $22,328,052.10, and JD&T Enterprises, lnc. (d/b/a/ Travel to Go, Tommy Middaugh and Jeanette Bunn’s company in case you didn’t know) to pay the amount of $20,031,691.46.
Holy crap! That’s a total of more than $42 million they’ve got to cough up — at least theoretically. On August 8 Delta moved the judgment against Wunder to Arizona, registering it there as a foreign judgment in hopes of being able to collect. The reason Delta did that is because Wunder makes his home in Scottsdale. What do you think the odds are that Delta will ever collect on that judgment?
In Arizona Wunder has a long history of timeshare-related “irregularities” related to his connection with Princeton Resorts Group, Aristar Resorts, Astoria Holdings, LLC (aka Beyond Marketing Corp.), and Cibola Vista Resort, among others. John and his brother Steve, nicknamed “the Wunder Brothers”, created quite a stir in timeshare land a few years back during the Aristar scandal, and not in a good way…
John Wunder has also made the Dialing for Deadbeats list under his Beyond Marketing Corp. name. Surprised? I didn’t think so.
BTW, other members of the Wunder family had their own issues with the law in recent years, but in Colorado and for different crimes. That was deceptive trade and consumer law violations practiced by Andrew Wunder (aka Mark Dutell), his wife Bethany, his brother Stephen (aka Stephen Andrews or Andrew Stephens) and his father Christian and their travel club Sea to Ski Vacations and Traditions Travel Group. A year ago a Denver judge branded them as swindlers and ordered them to pay $7 million of fines and restitution. He also prohibited them from ever owning or managing a travel business in the state of Colorado.
A fine, upstanding family don’t you think?
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Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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