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Former Nevada Political Candidate Wins Defamation Case But Judgment May Be Vacated

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 4:17 pm March 19th, 2012

Rob Lauer, a Henderson resident and 2010 GOP candidate for Secretary of State, won a defamation lawsuit last week when a woman who claimed he injured her at a Las Vegas social event failed to respond.

Lauer, who said he has been forced to live with the allegations since being charged with battery following the incident involving Jennifer Von Tobel at a bar in June 2010, is now seeking $50,000 in damages.

Rob Lauer.

An attorney for Von Tobel said today, however, that he expects that the default judgment will be overturned because the lawsuit was not properly served on his client.

The misdemeanor battery charge was dismissed in November 2011, but Lauer said the allegations made it difficult for him to run a campaign against Democrat incumbent Secretary of State Ross Miller in the 2010 general election. Miller won a second term.

Lauer filed his civil defamation complaint against Von Tobel in Clark County District Court in January of this year.

Lauer said about his legal victory: “After suffering under a cloud of suspicion for over a year and a half, caused by falsehoods spread by Jennifer Von Tobel, a criminal court judge found me not guilty this past November and now a civil court has found Jennifer Von Tobel guilty of defamation, liable and slander.

“Jennifer Von Tobel intentionally exaggerated and misrepresented facts to the media that were found by the criminal court to be false and a civil court to be lies,” he said. “The facts are now clear and I look forward to moving on with more productive and positive things in my life.”

Lauer said he gave Von Tobel more than 50 days to respond to his lawsuit.

Lauer denied he ever harmed Von Tobel, saying he was demonstrating self-defense moves to her at a First Friday event at the bar.

But Von Tobel’s attorney, Gus Flangas, said the lawsuit was served on a former residence of Von Tobel’s and that she never received proper notice.

Papers were being filed in District Court seeking to overturn the default judgment based on that fact, he said. Von Tobel had not used the address at which the papers were served for some time, Flangas said.

“I’m quite confident it will be overturned on two grounds: One, the service was faulty; and two, courts prefer to decide matters on the merits,” he said.

 

Surveillance Video: Incident Involving Sec of State Candidate

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:10 pm October 13th, 2010

Update (Nov. 3, 2011): The battery charges against Rob Lauer were dismissed this week.

Update (Jan. 22, 2011): Former Nevada secretary of state candidate Rob Lauer has filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against the woman who had accused him of battery. At issue are some of her statements made to the media and to me (and that were subsequently included in blog posts on this website).

Note: The headline of this blog post has been edited to remove the words “Assault”. Lauer was accused of assault by Von Tobel in her characterizations of the incident, but he was not formally charged with assault (by the strict legal definition). And as noted above, the misdemeanor case was dismissed in November.

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Original blog post

Looks like someone posted the (very grainy, extremely hard to make out) surveillance video from the Rob Lauer incident in which the Republican Secretary of State candidate was accused of manhandling Las Vegas resident Jennifer Von Tobel.

Lauer flatly denied the allegations of assault, saying he was just showing Von Tobel some sweet self defense moves from his glory days as a military police officer.

While searching for other Lauer items online, I also found this website paid for by the Committee to Elect Ross Miller.

I must admit, as someone who has been following the Angle-Reid race closely, I was somewhat amused by the page header:

“We’ve heard a lot about “dangerous” and “extreme” candidates lately.

If you’re looking for dangerous, meet Rob Lauer!

The website features a PDF of the police report from the Lauer incident as well a PDF of the arrest report and court records from a past situation in Florida.

The court date for the misdemeanor has been pushed back until after the election.

GOP Sec of State Candidate Lauer Charged

By Elizabeth Crum | 1:24 pm July 30th, 2010

Update (Nov. 3, 2011): The battery charges against Rob Lauer were dismissed this week.

Update (Jan. 22, 2011): Former Nevada secretary of state candidate Rob Lauer has filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against the woman who had accused him of battery. At issue are some of her statements made to the media and to me (and that were subsequently included in blog posts on this website).

Note: The headline of this blog post has been edited to remove the words “With Assault”. Lauer was accused of assault by Von Tobel in her characterizations of the incident, but he was not formally charged with assault (by the strict legal definition). And as noted above, the case was dismissed in November.

Remember this story about Secretary of State candidate Rob Lauer allegedly assaulting Las Vegas local Jennifer Von Tobel at the now infamous First Friday Nevada Happy Hour at Stoney’s on the south Las Vegas strip last month?

David McGrath Schwartz writes that according to police, surveillance video from Stoney’s confirmed Von Tobel’s account of the event and a criminal complaint has now been filed against Lauer for misdemeanor battery.  His court date is August 24.

Memory refresher if you have forgotten the details:

Lauer was accused of manhandling Jennifer Von Tobel who, we discovered later, is (1) a professional political fundraiser and (2) suffers from a weakened physical condition as a result of having multiple sclerosis.  Lauer flatly denied the allegations, saying he was just showing Von Tobel some sweet self defense moves from his glory days as a military police officer.

In a police report filed later that night, Von Tobel claimed she got a sprained wrist and inflamed shoulder that forced her to wear a sling as a result of the assault.  Lauer also filed a police report, claiming Von Tobel (1) was drunk and (2) grabbed his right buttock and put him in a headlock and then challenged him to demonstrate a reverse wrist lock.

(A police spokeswoman says that case has been suspended.)

A few days after the incident, Lauer pestered Von Tobel at an event they were both attending, and she promptly filed a restraining order against him.  Fast forward to today.

Convicted or not, I’d say Mr. Lauer’s shot at the Secretary of State’s office is, as it ever was, slim to none.

And Slim is at off at military summer camp working on his sweet moves.

GOP Candidate for Secretary of State Accused of Battery, Counter-Alleges Same Against Las Vegas Woman

By Elizabeth Crum | 5:12 pm June 8th, 2010

Update (Nov. 3, 2011): The battery charges against Rob Lauer were dismissed this week.

Update (Jan. 22, 2011): Former Nevada secretary of state candidate Rob Lauer has filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against the woman who had accused him of battery. At issue are some of her statements made to the media and included in this story.

Republican Secretary of State candidate Rob Lauer stands accused of battery and has now counter-alleged the same against his female accuser, according to a statement this afternoon from the Public Information Office of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

Las Vegas resident Jennifer Von Tobel alleged that Lauer repeatedly grabbed and twisted her wrists over her objections as he attempted to “show off” defensive combat tactics.  Lauer denied the account, saying he was merely fending off Von Tobel’s unwanted advances.

The allegations against Lauer were made in a police report filed Friday night after an incident at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country bar on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Lauer said he filed his own police report on Monday.

Von Tobel, a professional fundraiser for non-profit organizations and political campaigns, said she is acquainted with Lauer from brief conversations at a number of past political events.  She said things were cordial when she spoke with Lauer at a private happy hour event at Stoney’s earlier in the evening.

“We chatted.  I offered to help him out with some fundraising, just normal stuff,” said Von Tobel.

“It was later in the evening, after my two friends had left, that [Lauer] approached me,” she said.

“He asked me to put my hands on his shoulders so he could show me this move,” said Von Tobel. “I refused, but he just grabbed my wrists anyway.”

Von Tobel said Lauer laid hands on her two more times, and that as a result she sustained injuries to both her wrists and right shoulder. Von Tobel said she was treated at a Henderson hospital on Saturday.

Lauer has denied Von Tobel’s account, saying he does not believe she could have sustained injuries from the incident.  Lauer said Von Tobel had been drinking and that he touched her only to remove her hands from his person.

“She was definitely intoxicated; she was slurring her words,” Lauer said.

“She grabbed by left butt cheek,” he said. “I kind of just blew it off, tried to laugh it off.”

Lauer said Von Tobel put her hands on his shoulders, close to his neck, and then in a second instance attempted to put him in a headlock.  He claimed that in each case he grabbed her hands or wrists only in order to remove them.

“The first time, I took her right hand and twisted it off my body and then released her,” he said. “The second time, I grabbed both her wrists and removed them and then released her.”

“I did not strike her,” he said. “I just wanted her hands off my body.”

Lauer said Von Tobel was laughing during the incident and that he does not believe she is really hurt.

“I thought she was just drinking and being silly,” he said.

Von Tobel insisted she was not intoxicated and that Lauer was the aggressor in the situation.

“No, I did not grab him. No, I did not come on to him. No, I was not drunk,” she said. “The only time I tried to touch him was to push him away.”

“Look, I’m going on ten years diagnosed with MS. I don’t do anything physical,” he said. “I suffer from fatigue and extreme weakness from my condition. I have no grip in my hands.”

“This idea that I laid hands on him, put him in a headlock, is just ridiculous,” she said. “He approached me and was showing off, trying to show off some moves, and he got carried away and would not stop.”

Metro said they will not yet release either party’s police report pending completion of their investigation which they expect to take about a week.

The Public Information Office confirmed this afternoon that they are looking at evidence including video surveillance tape from Stoney’s.

Both Lauer and Von Tobel said they believe the video tape will confirm their story and vindicate them.

Secretary of State Candidate Rob Lauer Under Investigation

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:14 pm March 14th, 2010

Spillman at the LVRJ has the scoop I heard whispers about on Friday (in relation to various reasons why GOP leaders might be encouraging Craig Lake to jump into the Secretary of State race).  Probably not good:

Legal trouble has dogged the sole Republican candidate for secretary of state of Nevada, who is being sued in Las Vegas and Southern California and was arrested in Florida on a theft charge.

Much of the trouble stems from claims that the candidate, Rob Lauer, ripped off a couple of customers purchasing aircraft from him over eBay.

Lauer denies any wrongdoing.

“I’ve probably bought and sold dozens and dozens of aircraft and trucks and engines and all sorts of stuff. Probably 100,” the 39-year-old candidate said. “If we have a dispute over one aircraft or two, I don’t think that is unrealistic in business nowadays.”

Read the rest.  The California case is scheduled for trial June 21 in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

We’ll see.  Innocent until proven guilty and all that.

Since no other GOPer filed in the SOS race, Lauer will/would jump straight to the November general election to face Democratic incumbent Ross Miller.