ELLSWORTH — The Maine Law Court last week ruled in favor of The Ellsworth American against former auto dealer Dave Gould.
Gould had appealed a Hancock County Superior Court judgment in favor of the newspaper for nearly $25,000 Gould owed in unpaid advertising bills for Dave Gould Ford.
“The key is that we relied on his personal guarantees,” to continue running the dealership’s advertising, Publisher Alan Baker said. “The Superior Court and the Law Court found that was a believable position.”
Gould assured Baker and The American’s general manager, Terry Carlisle, on several occasions that the paper would get paid, the publisher said.
“We relied on those assurances to continue his advertising,” Baker said. “He repeatedly said, ‘It’s alright. I’m good for it.'”
“What makes it unusual is you normally don’t get to pierce the corporate veil when a company goes bankrupt,” Baker said.
Ellsworth attorney Valerie Chiasson of Giunta and Chiasson represented the newspaper.
Chiasson said the case involved a potential Statute of Frauds issue.