Defendant Eilers was hired by SolarBee in 2006 to join the Northwest sales team and the company signed agreement with Steilacoom Lake Homeowners Association to install nine lake water circulating units.
A monitoring program was developed by plaintiff under the approval of Homeowners Association with assistance from SolarBee to monitor performance of the units in their efforts to prohibit toxic blue green algae blooms that historically plagued the lake. When that occurred, Pierce County Health Department would issue health warnings over lake use, closing it for recreational swimming.
During 2007 and 2008, SolarBee made numerous claims during professional seminars as to the success being shown by the circulating units. It has allegedly also distributed e-mails, written letters and news releases defaming plaintiffs by making untruthful and slanderous statements about the methods used to evaluate the water circulators as being incompetent or dishonest.
Eilers allegedly is telling others that plaintiff Dorling has obvious and acute conflicts of interest due to his role as board member of Steilacoom Lake Improvement Club and his role as president of NWAE, and that he has received a State Department of Ecology grant when he still has unresolved issues with the agency over unpaid fines.
Filing seeks judgment in excess of $1 million damages. 2/13/2008
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