Ted Gest, Public Information Officer
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Florida-based promoter of “United States Leadership Forum” conferences has agreed to a preliminary injunction stopping him from promoting or collecting money for conferences in D.C., Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced today.
In a complaint filed in D.C. Superior Court, the District accused the promoter, William S. Loiry, of making misrepresentations about events to be held in D.C. For example, in the summer of 2013, Loiry represented to registrants that an “American Energy Summit” would be held at the Washington Convention Center. According to the District’s complaint, however, no contract had been executed to hold the event at the Convention Center or at any other venue in D.C.
The complaint further alleges that, after unilaterally changing the announced dates of planned conferences, Loiry failed to honor refund requests from conference registrants. In addition, Ultimate Events, LLC, a company that arranges venues for Loiry’s events in D.C., is not registered to do business in D.C. Some conference registrants have requested refunds of thousands of dollars.
The preliminary injunction, which must be approved by the court, stops Loiry and Ultimate Events from promoting or collecting money for any conferences to be held in D.C.
The District’s lawsuit, brought under its Business Organizations Code, seeks an order preventing Loiry and Ultimate Events from doing further business in D.C. until they pay restitution owed to registrants of past D.C. events, and any penalties owed to the District for conducting business in D.C. while unregistered to do so.