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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Underwood Wins Injunction Against Ex-Employee

posted by on January 24 at 13:12 PM

Colby Underwood—the 30-year-old Democratic fundraising consultant who’s suing his ex-employee McKenna Hartman for a million dollars—won a temporary injunction barring her from doing any fundraising work until his lawsuit moves forward. As I wrote in this week’s paper, Underwood is accusing Hartman of “poaching [his] clientele and stealing [his firm’s] trade secrets.” Although Underwood and his lawyer, Janyce Fink, had not showed up to a scheduled court hearing when my story went to press (at which point they were both an hour and a half late), Hartman’s attorney Gregory Karp reports that they did eventually arrive, and that a superior court judge granted the temporary injunction that prevents Hartman from engaging in gainful work in her field.

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Am I missing something? This doesn’t appear to be part of the plot against Hillary. Why did you post it?

Posted by BB | January 24, 2008 1:20 PM

so how long is this temporary injunction for? A normal TRO is just usually a few weeks. No bigge for the ex employee.

If it's for a longer period, like until trial, than the judge would've had to have ruled that Underwood showed the ex employee was likely to violate Underwood's rights and harm him irreparably and that Underwood was likely to ultimately win the whole lawsuit. In that case, it means the judge is basically saying Underwood already proved he is probably right, and the ex employee is probably in the wrong.

Posted by vesuvius | January 24, 2008 1:34 PM

There are only so many rich people in any town, and Seattle's belong to Colby.

Posted by J.R. | January 24, 2008 1:40 PM


It's okay to take what's not yours, if you take it from someone who worked hard to create it, and made it into something valuable, and they're "rich" and you're not.

Why it'd be dumb to work to create something of value yourself, when you can just take it from someone else.

Posted by Dale C. | January 24, 2008 1:53 PM

@4 - what's been taken? trade secrets (which entail, in toto: pick up phone, call people, ask for money. repeat)(oops, gonna get sued now...)? (gosh, since I'm getting sued now, more trade secrets: go to PDC website. Get lists. use.) Please. This is nonsense; this is how fundraisers (including Underwood) get started - train by working for someone else, then start their own shop. Then sink or swim on your own merits. Sounds like underwood's afraid he's in danger of sinking.

Posted by switzerblog | January 24, 2008 2:19 PM

Hartman's a stand up woman and does not deserve this. Underwood should just accept that former employees are going to continue to do what they were doing for him, fund raising. You know just like he did when he left to go off on his own.

Posted by Giffy | January 24, 2008 2:21 PM

Strange, trade secrets, competition. Where did Colby start? Working for Tracy Newman and then competing against her in the 2004 Governor's race.

Posted by Hmm | January 24, 2008 3:12 PM

Colby's not the only fudraising shop in town, far from it actually. Colby is just the only fundraiser who thinks that getting press for yourself and not the candidate that you are working for is ok. Most fundrasiers shy away from press stories about $$ hoping instead that the press will focus on issues that matter to the campaign and to voters. Colby clearly did not learn that lesson very well.

Posted by Where does he get off?! | January 24, 2008 6:51 PM

It's a serious error of judgment spending hard earned money on attorneys trying to control the uncontrollable. I agree with #5, Colby is clearly unable to be successful on his own merits.

Posted by watcher | January 24, 2008 10:10 PM

Wow, using lawsuits. So Republican sounding. Is he gonna start dialing for dollars for Dino Rossi now? This'll come back to him. This shit always does. Karma baby..........

Posted by Therapissed! | January 24, 2008 10:44 PM

Perhaps the only fundraising in this town should be *for* Hartman right now.

Posted by Meh | January 25, 2008 12:11 AM

I am confused here. How is Colby Underwood the only fundraiser in Seattle? Didn't he get his start (and learn his trade secrets) from Tracy Newman. Is she not fundraising anymore? I find it hard to believe that only one person is fundraising for all of the democrats in town. I agree with #8, you know that you are doing a good job when your candidates message is heard, not your name as a fundraiser.

Posted by confused | January 25, 2008 7:26 AM

Any of you cowards want to use your real names? Didn't think so...because you are a bunch of followers that like to sit back, criticize and jibber jabber about the people actually doing something consequential with their lives. Jealous much?

Posted by Ann | January 25, 2008 9:21 AM

Hell, Colby isn't even just fundraising for Dems anymore - last year he was raising money for confirmed Republican Bill Bryant (who ousted Reform Port Commissioner Alec Fisken) and Bob Edwards (who, luckily was ousted by Reform Port Candidate Gael Tarleton).

Posted by Willis | January 25, 2008 9:55 AM

Hey Ann, maybe we are worried that Colby Underwear will sue us too!!!!!!!

Posted by Therapissed! | January 27, 2008 11:14 PM

Reasonable men, of whose opinion is worth our will to think, will believe that we acted as we really did. - Socrates "Crito"

Translation: It does not matter what anyone thinks. The judge considered the preponderance of evidence and immediately squashed Ms. Hartmans plans!

Wonder what kind of evidence Mr. Underwood has for the lawsuit, if it is this obvious.

Posted by Gary | January 28, 2008 8:36 PM

Therapissed! - you SHOULD be sued...for crimes of bad humor, you ignoramous.

Posted by Ann | January 30, 2008 10:18 AM

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