Collinsville Recreation Club member sues over ouster

Kelly Holleran Nov. 10, 2011, 1:15am


A Collinsville man has filed suit against the man who he claims caused him to lose his membership in a club, in turn causing him to lose a portion of land he partially owned.

Robert Dorman alleges he was a member of the Collinsville Recreation Club before defendant David Tarrant allegedly began rumors about him, causing him to lose his membership. As a member of the 125-person club, Dorman was allowed a 125th interest in the equity of the corporation's assets, according to the complaint filed Oct. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court.

"The value of said interest exceeded $50,000 and was retained by plaintiff so long as he was a member," the suit states.

Members of the Collinsville Recreation Club can lose their position by a majority vote against them, the complaint says.

Dorman claims Tarrant caused him to lose his membership by alleging false statements against him.

"In an Executive Session of the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Collinsville Recreation Club conducted November 1, 2010, Defendant David Tarrant verbally made several false accusations about and directed against Plaintiff, in one or more of the following aspects: (a) Plaintiff threatened to injure or harm the grandchildren of David Tarrant; (b) Plaintiff threatened to injure or harm defendant David Tarrant and his family," the suit states.

Tarrant's statements were not true and were uttered in an attempt to cause Dorman to lose his membership in the club, according to the complaint.

In fact, on April 5, a majority of the members in the Collinsville Recreation Club voted to terminate Dorman's membership, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Dorman seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

He will be represented by William L. Berry of William Berry and Associates in Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-1118.

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