Breaking NewsLaw.com and associated brands will be offline for scheduled maintenance Friday Feb. 26 9 PM US EST to Saturday Feb. 27 6 AM EST. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 
X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Gambia’s former lobbyist John Aycoth did not defraud the tiny West African nation, nor did he fail to work hard on the country’s behalf in Washington, as Gambian officials alleged during a four-day bench trial in September. Indeed, Judge Gladys Kessler wrote in a Nov. 20 opinion, Aycoth “provided substantial valuable services to Gambia for thirteen months” in 2001 and 2002. But his work does not mean he can recover the second $500,000 fee he says his two-year contract requires the Gambian government pay him. The reason: The D.C. government revoked the charter of Aycoth’s company, EAW Group, for nonpayment of his business-license fee in 1997. Aycoth did not learn of the lapse until defense counsel pointed it out during the lawsuit, and he immediately paid all back fees and was reinstated. But the gap in payment, Kessler wrote, means he is not entitled to profit on his contract and is only entitled to payment for services rendered — in this case, a month without pay, or $41,666.67, plus interest. “I feel vindicated,” says Aycoth, who was represented by Baker Botts. But he says he is disappointed about the money ruling and is deciding what to do next. Gambia’s counsel, Thomas Queen, could not be reached for comment.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.