August 11, 2012

Bank awaiting discovery response in candidate's bad check suit

GALVESTON - A local bank has submitted a motion to compel discovery responses from a local man who sued it over an alleged NSF check debacle.

A seven-page document filed Aug. 7 before the Galveston County 10th District Court asserts First Texas Bank has yet to receive Reginald L. Gilford Sr.'s answers.

As previously reported, Gilford claims FTB allowed a check he made out in the amount of $1,250 on Dec. 28, 2007, to pay the filing fee for his candidacy for the Galveston County Commissioners Court Precinct Three seat as a Democrat in advance of the Jan. 2, 2008, deadline to bounce in a lawsuit entered at the beginning of the year.

According to the plaintiff, the insufficient funds in question prompted the Galveston County Democratic Party to remove Gilford from its list of candidates even though Gilford insists he had enough money to cover the transaction.

The original petition asserts the defendant's actions and conduct were political in nature since he knew he was able to pay the amount.

TFB refuted Gilford's allegations in its original answer and counter-claim a week after the complainant initiated the litigation.

The financial institution's motion states the requests are proper though "the plaintiff has failed to answer a single request."

It argues Gilford made no objections to TFB's first sets of interrogatories and requests for production, admissions and disclosure which were served to him three months ago.

Attorney Dennis R. Bettison with Bettison, Doyle, Apffel & Guarino, P.C. in Galveston is representing the defendant.

Case No. 12-cv-142


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