While reportedly awaiting an apology from the BOD at the Internet Marketing Association to which she belonged, Debbie Levitt posted on her blog today that she has been summarily expelled from the IMA.
Without a warning first. Without any correspondence. Without any suggestions. Without a note from moderators.
Amount: $300.00 USD
Subject: ima dues
Note: membership dues refund cancellation of membership
Apparently Debbie received a partial refund via PayPal of her $599.00 Gold business membership package from the IMA.
Readers will recall that Debbie Levitt of AS WAS became involved in a war of words between herself and IMA President Steve Grossberg on the IMA discussion forums. Both sides report issues such as slander and IMA rules violations and it is our understanding that both parties were suspended from posting on the discussion forum for a period of days. We know from Debbie Levitt's blog that she apologized for her infraction but we have no reports of Mr. Grossberg following suit.
Debbie Levitt is claiming several instances of slander and damage to her professional stature, she is indicating she will pursue legal remedy for same.
On another note, a former board member at IMA recently posted a comment on the Trading Assistant Journal which indicated she advised the board to secure insurance against such actions but she was ignored. Exposure to action is one of the main detraction's from becoming a board member in any organization. If the organization does not protect itself, or its officers from litigation it has been reported by other sources the legal exposure could reach personal and business assets.
We certainly hope the situation will not reach this level of litigious action, but if the Florida Attorney General is called to investigate, one could only imagine the numerous civil suits which could follow.