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  Last Update Monday, July 8, 2024

   HISTORICAL SUMMARY

 

Metalast International, LLC (MILLC) was a "green" metal finishing technology company that provided its customers with a wide range of technical support services and more than one hundred (100) metal finishing specialty chemicals serving the aluminum anodizing and corrosion control industry.  Its founder and MILLC manager for 20 years (1993 to 2013) was David M. Semas (Semas), Chairman of Metalast International, Inc. (MII). Beginning in 2004 MILLC became a licensee of the United States Naval Air System Command (Navy) and was one (1) of three (3) companies licensed (MILLC, Henkel and SurTec) to bring to market and commercialize Navy TCP (Trivalent Chromium Process). Navy TCP is a patented and environmentally friendly replacement to the known carcinogen hexavalent chromium, made famous in the "Erin Brockovich" motion picture. The superior preforming MILLC version of Navy TCP was called METALAST® TCP-HF (Hex Free) and it received the prestigious Navy QPL (Qualified Product List) approval in 2007, a mandatory certification for defense contractors, aircraft and aerospace manufacturers. MILLC formed a manufacturing and distribution partnership with Chemetall North America (a business unit of BASF) in 2006 and entered into licensing agreement in 2010 with Pratt & Whitney. MILLC also had R&D partnerships with the U.S. Air Force, Apple, Applied Materials, Boeing, Ford Motors, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin and many Fortune 500 manufacturers.

 

The Metalast ® brand gained nationwide recognition after it launched its award-winning mobile marketing campaign called the T-REX Tour (Touring Research and Educational Exhibit), which operated for three (3) years (2004-2007). The visionary T-REX consisted of a 75-foot long Volvo tractor and a 36-seat training semi-trailer classroom that traveled coast to coast holding 2-hour long seminars educating engineers, scientists and purchasing agents from the largest manufacturing corporations in the country. At completion of the T-REX campaign, with its traveling moderators 1,200 seminars were presented to 10,000 attendees about various Metalast products and services, at 450 corporations covering 81,000 miles. As a direct result of the highly successful T-REX tour Metalast® TCP-HF was approved and/or specified by more than eighty (80) companies. A few of the names include Apple, Applied Materials, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, the Boeing Company, Delphi Automotive, FLIR Systems, Ford Motors, General Dynamics, General Motors, Hughes, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Textron, Visteon Automotive and Weber Aircraft.  Metalast® TCP-HF was also approved and/or specified by Department of Defense agencies including the U.S. Naval Air Depot, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command.

 

In November 2013 Dean and Madylon Meiling (the Meilings) acquired the assets of MILLC, not including the Metalast ® trademark, which had always been owned by Semas since 1993. The Meilings entered into a federal court approved settlement agreement (Agreement) with Semas in March 2015.  The Agreement specifically required the Meilings and their new company Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC (Chemeon) stop the use of the name "Metalast" in commerce "in any fashion or manner whatsoever" by June 10, 2015. Instead of honoring the unambiguous terms and conditions of the Agreement, one week prior to the June 10th deadline the Meilings filed a series of baseless lawsuits against Semas, his son and daughter. This was a deceitful legal maneuver and ploy to continue the use of the Metalast trademark in commerce by calling their Chemeon products "formerly Metalast" or "formerly known as Metalast."

 

Most of the causes of action in the primary lawsuit filed on June 3, 2015 (Case No: 3:15-cv-00294-CLB or 294 case) in which the Meilings levied bogus allegations of wrongdoing against Semas and his family were dismissed by Summary Judgment in 2019.  The balance of the lawsuit was initially concluded after a 5-day bench trial in February 2021 in which the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, Reno (District Court) ruled in favor of Semas. The case was then appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco (Ninth Circuit). In June 2022 the Ninth Circuit upheld all but one (1) of the original total thirty (30) causes of action in favor of the Semas Defendants and remanded that single item back to the District Court for further reconsideration.  The District Court once again ruled in favor of Semas and finally closed the case in February 2023.  Not surprisingly, Chemeon and the Meilings appealed the last baseless cause of action for cancellation of one (1) of the three (3) owned Semas trademarks to the Ninth Circuit.

 

After nine (9) years of legal gamesmanship and various judicial maneuvers the Meilings scheme to hijack the trademark so as to make it appear as though Chemeon was "formerly Metalast" and they were the founders of the Metalast brand came to an end. The entire 294 case was closed on May 23, 2024 when the Ninth Circuit issued its formal Mandate and upheld the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law issued by the District Court in favor of Semas Defendants on all thirty (30) causes of action and the single Semas counter-claim for Breach of Contract. The Breach of Contract counter-claim confirmed since 1993 the Metalast brand and Metalast trademark had always been owned by Semas and established he was the founder of the MILLC business, and not the Meilings. After countless motions and appeals over the years designed to delay the unwarranted lawsuits the Ninth Circuit has now adjudicated and closed the 294 case.  The Federal Courts have fully exonerated Semas of the false allegations of fraud, mismanagement, self-dealing, malfeasance and unjust enrichment, while also reaffirming Semas's lawful ownership of the Metalast trademark.

To pile on the litigious charade the lawyers for Chemeon filed another frivolous lawsuit against Semas with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which has been suspended since November 2016 pending the final adjudication of the 294 case.  Now that the 294 case is closed a motion to dismiss will soon be filed with TTAB. Additionally, and separate from the above a baseless lawsuit was filed against Semas by MI94, LLC, formerly Metalast International, LLC, (MILLC) for an absurd legal theory of Anticipatory Breach of Contractual Fiduciary Duty and Imposition of a Constructive Trust. This was an attempt to confiscate future settlement proceeds from the David Semas v. Chemetall, BASF et al. trademark infringement lawsuit referenced below. Fortunately, this lawsuit that was a waste of time, effort and money came to an abrupt end on January 10, 2024 when the Ninth Judicial District Court of Douglas County, Nevada saw through the frivolous litigation and granted a Summary Judgment to Semas.

 

Together with the above dismissed lawsuits there are documents related to the pending, Plaintiff David Semas v. Chemetall, BASF, QualiChem et al. litigation (Case No: 3:19-cv-00125-CLB or the 125 case) for Willful Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trademark Dilution, Unfair Trade, Civil Conspiracy, Unjust Enrichment and Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations. With the conclusion of the 294 case the District Court vacated the stay in the 125 case on June 11, 2024.  This allowed Semas to file a Second Amended Complaint (SAC) providing more specific allegations.  The SAC contains a considerable number of incriminating exhibits (click on Latest News above) confirming "willful" trademark infringement and also provides updated information since the 125 case was initially stayed in 2019.

 

It's undeniable that the entire purpose for all of the Meiling instigated litigation was to discredit Semas and his ownership of the Metalast trademark. This was a done so; (1) Chemeon could use the Metalast name to brand its chemicals as "formerly Metalast"; (2) prevent Semas from licensing or selling his Metalast ® trademark to one (1) of the other two (2) competing Navy TCP licensees;  (3) discredit Semas by falsely alleging mismanagement and that he fraudulently conveyed the trademark to himself;  (4) Chemeon could issue phony press releases announcing the Courts had ruled Chemeon had the right to call itself "formerly Metalast;" and (5) prevent Semas from pursuing trademark infringement litigation against Chemetall and other Chemeon Distributors for whom the Meilings had indemnified. Although these deceptive tactics were successful in delaying Semas's protracted pursuit of justice, the decade long ruse is finally coming to a close.

HISTORICAL FACTS

Even to the casual observer it should become obvious that the 294 case was launched to hijack the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registered METALAST ® trademark from Semas. It would appear this was also done so that Madylon Meiling could call her Chemeon business "A Woman Owned Company" and take credit for creating the highly respected Metalast name by falsely branding Chemeon's metal finishing and corrosion control chemicals as "formerly Metalast." In order to further destroy Metalast as a respected brand, Chemeon published an email to its customers and distributors stating that "the Company previously known as Metalast Surface Technology, LLC (and earlier as Metalast International, LLC) officially changed its name to Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC."  

 

After years of legalese gamesmanship throughout the judiciary the Courts have upheld that this statement was completely false because Chemeon was never known as the specified and approved "Metalast®" brand or the company "Metalast International, LLC." At trial in the Chemeon 294 case litigation Dean Meiling explained the Chemeon's statement: "was worded this way just because people often thought of it that way. WE DID NOT BUY THE COMPANY."  In his own words, under oath and subject to perjury he admitted they did not buy the company, only the assets, which did not include the Metalast ® trademark and thus Chemeon did not own the history of Semas or MILLC. During the decade long ploy disguised as a legitimate lawsuit and weeks of court room drama before eleven (11) Judges in three (3) separate federal courts, (U.S. Bankruptcy, District Court and Ninth Circuit)  all have ruled against Chemeon and the Meilings in favor of Semas.

As factually confirmed by Mr. Meiling he never acquired the MILLC operating business. This completely contradicts the carefully crafted inaccurate information contained in numerous Chemeon News Service press releases throughout the years that included a significant number of false statements. Contrary to Chemeon's claim in their May 16, 2018 press release the Courts did not "in essence" grant a summary judgment to Chemeon for the use of the name Metalast. The claim that "CHEMEON and its distributors and customers can use the accurate historical reference "formerly Metalast" to refer to CHEMEON's former "Metalast" name and products" is not only false, but a self-serving lie. Since Chemeon and the Meilings first filing in April 2014 before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court followed by the filing of the sham 294 lawsuit in the District Court in June 2015 this type of disinformation and distortion of the facts appears to have been orchestrated to convince Chemeon distributors and customers Chemeon was "formerly Metalast," and not Semas. The Meilings could not call Chemeon, "formerly Metalast," nor own the "good will", or falsely claim the history of Semas or MILLC as they did not purchase the operating company. Buying or "stripping off" only assets, which did not include the Metalast ® trademark is entirely different than acquiring the actual operating business with its history, trademark brand, reputation as well as its associated assets and liabilities.

 

Amongst other reasons for the apparent motivation behind this deceitful acquisition strategy was to gain control of the Navy TCP license, as well as partnership and licensing agreements with Chemetall (a business unit of BASF) and Pratt & Whitney. The Meilings wanted to take credit for the history of MILLC, the Metalast brand, the T-REX tour and more than eighty (80) Metalast specifications and approvals from manufacturers around the world. This takeover game plan allowed them control of the manufacturing and distribution agreements with QualiChem, SIC Technologies and eight other distributors, along with the added bonus of eliminating $10 million owed to Semas personally for the loans and loan guarantees he made on behalf of MILLC and four years of accrued salary. 

 

Since 2014 Madylon Meiling has shamefully taken credit for commercializing the environmentally friendly replacement to the harmful Erin Brockovich hexavalent chromium (hex chrome) chemical. The fact is the Meilings had absolutely nothing to do with bringing to market an environmentally replacement to hex chrome or negotiating with the Navy for the Metalast TCP-HF license.  The Meilings played no role in negotiating the lucrative royalty and business relationship and profit sharing manufacturing partnership agreement with Oakite Chemical (Chemetall), or the partnership and licensing agreement with Pratt & Whitney, or manufacturing and distribution agreements with QualIchem, SIC Technologies and others.

 

Since Semas acquired rights to the "Metal Coat" technology from the original Japanese inventor in 1992, founded the Metalast brand in 1993 and designed and built the Metalast Tech Center in 1995-1996 the Meilings were nowhere to be found. Semas and his team hired the R&D, engineering and sales staff, created and successfully implemented the three (3) year T-REX tour and only he served as MILLC manager since its formation in December 1994 until his resignation in May 2013.  From its founding to April 2013 the Meilings had no operational involvement in the business. Purchasing MILLC assets twenty (20) years after its formation does not remotely transfer historical facts to a husband and wife team completely inexperienced and ignorant in the world of chemicals and metal finishing. The Meilings only played the role of a minor MILLC investor and member, MILLC lender and mere credit bid buyer of MILLC assets.  In reality the actual credit, blood, sweat and tears belong to Semas, the Metalast trademark brand and MILLC founder.

 

After finding for Semas in Chemeon's first appeal in June of 2022, followed by a denial of another Meiling and Chemeon appeal in May of 2024 the Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's rulings in favor of Semas's ownership of all Metalast ® trademarks as well as the well-recognized submarks TCP-HF and AA-200. The Courts have ruled that Chemetall, BASF, QualiChem and others have infringed on the Metalast trademark for more than nine (9) years, specifically since June 11, 2015. The stay was vacated in the 125 case for trademark infringement and the Second Amended Complaint (SAC) was filed with the District Court on June 13, 2024 (click on Latest News button above). Unlike the phony Chemeon baseless claims, absurd allegations and gross misrepresentations the Semas filed SAC provides fact based allegations. The extensive number of exhibits confirm incriminating and compelling evidence of the Defendants trademark infringement activities being intentional and "willful" under the law. It is believed the Court will find the deceptive actions of the Meilings, and in particular Chemetall, as factually alleged in the SAC reach the level of egregious, thus qualifying for disgorgement of profits since June 2015 with treble damages.

 

In April 2020 in the Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil Group, Inc. decision the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled those parties that have infringed on a trademark in commerce are subject to disgorgement of all their profits since the date of infringement and, if established as willful "according to the circumstances of the case" the court may award treble damages.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in Favor of David M. Semas 06/02/2022

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in Favor of David M. Semas Mandate 06/24/2022

U.S. District Court Denies Defendants Motions For Dismissal 06/06/19

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U.S. District Court Issues Final Ruling in Favor of Metalast

"WESTLAW TODAY" Summary 2/26/2021 Chemeon No Right of Use to "Metalast®" David Semas Lawful Trademark Owner

U.S. District Court Order 2/23/2021

See Conclusion Pages 42-43

PUBLIC NOTICE AND DISCLOSURE:  Chemeon breached the express terms of a court approved settlement agreement prohibiting the use of the trademark name "Metalast®" in any fashion or manner whatsoever in commerce after June 10, 2015. The District Court issued Finds of Fact and Conclusions of Law in favor of Semas along with an injunction in February 2021.  The District Court's rulings were upheld by the Ninth Circuit in June of 2022 and again in May 2024 banning the use of the name "formerly Metalast" or "formerly known as Metalast" in commerce bringing the 294 case to a close.

 

All Process Auditors and specifying agents are hereby notified no product or piece-part processed or sold by Chemeon or its manufacturing partner Chemetall and others after that date is a "Metalast®" specified or approved product. Any statement or claim to the contrary that products were surface treated with the USPTO registered Metalast® trademark by Chemeon, Chemetall, Qualichem or others after June 2015 is a False Designation of Origin and a form of procurement fraud. The Metalast ® trademark, name and brand owner, David M. Semas disclaims any and all liability for product defects, wrongful death, personal injury, or property damage anyway attributed to any and all products labeled, advertised, represented, marketed, distributed, or sold as "formerly Metalast" or "formerly known Metalast."

To read a summary of Metalast International, Inc. (MII) incorporated by David M. Semas (Semas) in May of 1994 and Metalast International, LLC (MILLC), now referred to as MI94, LLC in December of 1994 click on the "Visit Page" or "View PDF" box. You can also click on any of the boxes concerning information and documents about the alleged hostile takeover of MILLC assets by Dean and Madylon Meiling as alleged in the Nevada Alexander v. Meiling et al. Class Action Complaint (572 case) and the California Baker v. Meiling et al. Financial Elderly Abuse Complaint (5126 case) or the Historical Timeline.  These lawsuits were unfortunately lost on technical grounds as the proper venue should have been to litigate the actions of the receiver and the Meilings in the State Court, where the alleged fraudulent conveyance of MILLC assets occurred in November of 2013.

To date the Meilings continue their efforts to defame Semas. Over the years the Meilings promoted derogatory and false statements about Semas and his family. Amongst of the allegations they concocted an absurd narrative Semas fraudulently filed for trademark renewal on his own mark first granted to him by the USPTO in 1997. This fabricated legal theory was also alleged in the MILLC Members Class Action 572 case. Frivolous lawsuits against Wendi and Greg Semas were dismissed with prejudice. With the final District Court's ruling upheld by the Ninth Circuit, as of May 1, 2024 this vexatious lawsuit against Semas and his family was finally concluded on May 23, 2024 when the Ninth Circuit issued its formal mandate pursuant to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and all Chemeon's baseless claims and bogus allegations were denied (294 case).

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As alleged in the Financial Elderly Abuse lawsuit filed on February 6, 2020 against the Meilings by former MILLC members the only individuals that committed a "real fraud" were the Meilings and their co-conspirators who are cleverly using misdirection tactics to conceal their misdeeds. The following information, court rulings and compelling testimony clearly establish the truthful party.  The case was dismissed on procedural grounds without challenging the truthful allegations.

Latest News

1. After a Five Year Delay the U.S. District Court Vacates Stay in Semas v. Chemetall, BASF et al Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

June 13, 2024 - With the conclusion of the baseless Chemeon v. David Semas lawsuit (294 case) in favor of Semas and after a ten (10) year legal battle establishing his legal ownership of the Metalast ® trademark the U.S. District Court of Nevada, Reno vacated the stay on June 11, 2024.  The remaining lawsuit in which Semas is the Plaintiff is referenced as David Semas v. Chemetall, BASF et al. for trademark infringement (Case No. 3:19-cv-00125-CBC or 125 case). This finally allowed the Semas legal team to file its Second Amended Complaint (SAC), which together with compelling exhibits outlines Chemeon, its distributors and Chemetall's (a business unit of the $40 billion chemical giant BASF) ongoing effort to hijack and brand Chemeon chemicals by unlawfully using the Metalast trademark. The SAC presents factual allegations of what transpired over the last decade concerning the unauthorized use of the "Metalast" name by labeling and selling Chemeon’s products as “formerly Metalast” or “formerly known" as Metalast.

 

The SAC paves the way for “Discovery,” including interrogatories and depositions so the attorney for Plaintiff Semas can aggressively pursue Defendants in the 125 case. Discovery will bring to light the total revenues generated from all Defendants falsely labeled “formerly Metalast” chemical sales over the last nine (9) years or since June 2015.  This will help establish the monetary basis for damages and disgorgement of profits provision allowed for under the Lanham Act. So as to confirm compliance with the Court ordered injunction stopping the use of the name “Metalast" in commence since February 2021 Chemetall and other Defendants will be required to provide invoices and contact information for all of their customers during this period.  The exhibits and prior testimony in the 294 case clearly establish the willful and egregious nature of trademark infringement by Chemetall, QualiChem and SIC. Clear and convincing evidence will not only show trademark infringement, but that these defendants virtually hijacked the trademark by selling chemical labeled "formerly Metalast" or "formerly known as Metalast."

Second Amended Complaint

Exhibit 1 – Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

Exhibit 2 – Non-Disclosure Agreement Chematall

Exhibit 3 – Email David Semas to Julia Murray

Exhibit 4 – Email David Semas to Wayne Chandler

Exhibit 5 – Non-Disclosure Agreement SurTec

Exhibit 6 – David Semas Press Release

Exhibit 7 – Suresh Patel Chemetall Email

Exhibit 8 – Chemon Press Release

Exhibit 9 – Chemeon "Formerly Metalast" Press Release

Exhibit 10 – Lawsuit Press Release

Exhibit 11 – Chemeon Press Release

Exhibit 12 – David Semas Press Release

Exhibit 13 – MDH to Chemetall North America

Exhibit 14 – Letter from Navy to Chemeon

Exhibit 15 – MDH Letter to Department of Navy on QLP

Exhibit 16 – Name Change Press Release

2. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Upholds Lower Court, Rules in Favor of David M. Semas against Chemeon and Dean and Madylon Meiling Issuing Formal Mandate Closing the Case

June 11, 2024 - The ten (10) year legal battle came to a close when, on May 1, 2024 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) denied Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC (Chemeon) and its owners Dean and Madylon Meiling’s protracted last cause of action in their absurd lawsuit to cancel one (1) of three (3) Metalast® trademarks owned by David Semas.  The Ninth Circuit issued their formal mandate closing the case on May 23, 2024.  The Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court’s ruling that Chemeon had no standing in its unsuccessful attempt to cancel the single 2963106 Metalast® trademark and found the following.

 

"Because Chemeon contractually relinquished the right to use the term “Metalast” in commerce—and has been enjoined by the district court from doing so, an order that Chemeon does not challenge on appeal—any effort by Semas to press his trademark cannot threaten to halt Chemeon’s legitimate business activity. Finally, Chemeon does not have standing to sue based on any indemnity obligations, as Semas filed the Chemetall complaint after Chemeon filed the Second Amended Complaint containing the cancellation claim.

 

The CHEMEON Litigation was not merely limited to ownership and use of the Metalast ® trademark, but was instead conjoined with complaints that Semas and his children were engaged in fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, breaches of contract, and other baseless torts in the management of Metalast International, LLC (MILLC).  Those claims were false and without merit, and adjudicated in favor of Semas and his children, well before trial.  The point of the CHEMEON Litigation was to destroy Semas and his family in order to pressure Semas to forfeit the Metalast ® brand so that CHEMEON, Chemetall, Qualichem, SIC and other Distributors could continue profiting from the Metalast mark without paying any compensation to Semas for the use of the brand.

From the very beginning dating back to 2013 this frivolous litigation that was pursued in five (5) separate judicial jurisdictions has been entirely baseless.  The lawsuits were designed to prevent Semas from licensing or selling his Metalast trademark so that Chemeon and its distributors could brand their chemicals on the back of the USPTO registered and Semas owned Metalast® trademark.  The stay issued by the District Court in the David Semas, Metalast, Inc. v. Chemetall, BASF, QualiChem, et al trademark infringement 125 case was lifted on June 11, 2024. Soon trademark infringers will bear the monetary brunt of this Meiling concocted trademark hijacking scheme and self-serving witch-hunt.

Ninth Circuit Court Mandate

May 23, 2024

Ninth Circuit Court Final Ruling

May 1, 2024

3. MI94, LLC – Formerly METALAST
International, LLC Related Litigation Summary

January 12, 2024 - With the dismissal of the MI94, LLC Member Class Action lawsuits, MI-16, LLC, Marc Harris Class Representative), as described in the last paragraph a new legal strategy was concocted and yet another ill-conceived lawsuit filed. This time MI94, LLC (MI94), formerly Metalast International, LLC members (MILLC) filed a frivolous lawsuit against MILLC founder and former Manager, David M. Semas and his business entities, Metalast, Inc. and Metalast International, Inc. in March 2023 (Case No. 2023-CV-00165), which was effectively dismissed by summary judgment by the State Court on January 10, 2024.

The MILLC (MI94) v. David M. Semas, Metalast® International, Inc. and Metalast®, Inc. lawsuit was initially, and improperly filed in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. The venue was properly moved to the Ninth Judicial District Court of Douglas County of Nevada (State Court).  As Plaintiff, MILLC's Complaint filed with the State Court contained numerous lies and gross misrepresentations. The legalese crafted lawsuit absurdly alleged its former members were somehow entitled to share in royalties and future settlement proceeds from the David Semas, Metalast® (Plaintiff) v. Chemetall, BASF, et al. (Defendants) trademark infringement legal action filed in the United States District Court of Reno, Nevada (Case No. 3:19-CV-0125-CBC). Facts and incontrovertible evidence establish nearly all of the allegations were baseless and without merit. For example, Semas and not MILLC was always the lawful owner of the Metalast® trademark since 1993, two years before the formation of MILLC. Also, Semas had not been the MILLC manager for a decade and the statute of limitation ran out long ago. In addition to many other reasons for dismissal under Nevada statutes NRS 11.190 the entire lawsuit was time-barred.

In reality, the non-exclusive and revokable trademark license agreement only provided MILLC a right of use to the brand name royalty free and provided no right for MILLC to participate in revenues, royalties or profits of any kind. Additionally, MILLC ceased to exist according to its own Operating Agreement in November 2013 when all MILLC assets were sold. This included the trademark license that effectively became the intellectual property of Dean and Madylon Meiling under the State Court approved sale on November 5, 2013, which made this litigation dead on arrival. As upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in June of 2022 Semas won his lawsuit and counter-claim for Breach of Contract against the Meilings validating his lawful ownership of the Metalast® trademark. The entire Chemeon v. David Semas 284 case was concluded on May 1, 2024 when the Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's ruling and closed the case. In this latest MILLC v. Semas lawsuit the State Court agreed with arguments presented by the attorney for Defendant Semas and granted a Summary Judgment to him on January 10, 2024 dismissing the vexatious legal action..

THE STATE COURT FOUND AND CONCLUDED WITH;

1)   MI94 dissolved in 2013.

2)   Upon dissolution, MI94 lost the capacity to continue the business for which it was established, including any ability to use the Trademark by way of the license.

3.   Irrespective of (1) and (2), the receiver sold the License in 2013, leaving MI94 without any interest in the Trademark by virtue of the License.

After six years (2016 – 2022) of numerous Class Action lawsuits filed in the state and federal courts by MI-16, LLC, Marc Harris, Manager and as Class Representative on behalf of MI94 and MILLC individual members as Plaintiff against Dean and Madylon Meiling and their Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC as Defendant the litigation finally came to a close. The lawsuits against the Meilings, Chemeon and other co-defendants were unfortunately thrown-out on technical grounds. The U.S. District Court’s rulings against MI94 and its findings were upheld and dismissed by the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in June 2022 and nearly $2 million in legal fees and court costs were awarded to the Defendant.

 

The poorly crafted lawsuits could have likely been won had they been filed in the proper venue.  It was the opinion of Semas’ legal counsel and on numerous occasions he informed Class Representative Marc Harris and other responsible parties the MI94 lawsuits should have been filed in the State Court. It was under that jurisdiction that the Defendant’s (Dean Meiling, Madylon Meiling, James Proctor) alleged fraudulent conveyance of assets occurred between May to November 4, 2013 when the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article 9 rules were not followed. The improper conduct by the Meilings and the court appointed receiver allegedly occurred when neither of the parties engaged a professional business valuation company to establish the value of MILLC. Under oath and in the deposition testimony taken during the Chemeon v. David Semas 294 case receiver, James Proctor, Dean Meiling and Madylon Meiling admitted these procedures were not followed. It was acknowledged by Proctor and the Meilings that an appraisal was not conducted, advertising or marketing the company was not pursued, nor did anyone make any effort to contact MILLC's $6 billion dollar business partner Chemetall to see what they might have been willing to pay for the business or the MILLC assets.

 

Had Judge Michael Gibbons of the Ninth Judicial District Court of Douglas County, Nevada been aware of these facts he would never have approved the sale of the MILLC assets without compliance to the requirements of UCC 9.

Court Order Granting Partial Summary Judgment January 11, 2024

4. After a protracted ten year legal battle the U.S. District Court of Nevada granted a final summary judgement to David Semas against Dean and Madylon Meiling and their company Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC

February 3, 2023 - Referenced as Plaintiff Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC v. Defendant Metalast International, Inc. et al. Case No. 3:19-cv-00294-CBC the U.S. District Court ruled in his favor of David Semas and dismissed the case in March 2023. After an eight year court battle this finally brought to a close the Meilings last Hail Mary scheme to cancel one of the three Metalast® USPTO registered trademarks owned by David M. Semas and his company Metalast, Inc.  In June of 2022 the Ninth Court of Appeals upheld the U.S. District Court’s ruling in favor of Semas’ ownership of the Metalast® trademark with the exception of one last remaining issue in which the Meiling’s were attempting to cancel one of the marks owned by Semas, which has now been concluded at the U,S. District. This final cause of action is on appeal for the April 3, 2024 calendar before the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco.

 

This was a legal ploy to delay, or possibly prevent the Plaintiff Semas v. Defendant Chemetall BASF et al. Case No. 3:19-cv-00125-CBC Trademark Infringement lawsuit from going forward.  The U.S District Court denied Chemeon’s motions for summary judgment and for a leave to file a sur-reply, granted the Semas cross-motion for summary judgment and ordered the case closed.

 

The Court’s have now legally established that anyone using the Metalast® trademark since June 2015 (nearly nine years) has violated the lawful intellectually property rights of David Semas and committed trademark infringement, with at a minimum five of the eight Defendants committing a willful act qualifying for treble damages.  It is only a matter of time when the trademark infringers will be held accountable for their actions and be forced, either by settlement or through the courts to pay disgorgement of their profits as required under law and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2020.

U.S. District Court Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion February 3, 2023

U.S. District Court Order Judgment In A Civil Case February 3, 2023

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Litigation Detailed Summary

5. Class Members of METALAST International, LLC File an Appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of the Dean Meiling Elderly Abuse Lawsuit

January 4, 2022 - Referenced as the SUSAN BAKER, an individual. et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants v. DEAN MEILING, an individual, el al., Defendants-Appellees, Case No. 3:20-cv-00518-MMD-CLB (518 case), the Plaintiffs filed an Opening Brief with the United States Court of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit asking to overturn the U.S. District Court of Nevada (Reno) Order alleging an improper ruling. The Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court's ruling on procedural grounds without ever addressing the factual allegations. 

The Opening Brief alleges that the Meiling Appellees participated in a  "Fraudulent Scheme" to put Metalast International, LLC ("MI-LLC") into a receivership in order to fraudulently acquire the valuable intellectual property owned by its related entity Metalast International, Inc. ("MI-INC") (i.e., MI-INC's; the "IP"), in which the Meiling Appellees had no interest or right to possess.

Specifically, Plaintiffs-Appellants Opening Brief states;

“As set forth below, Appellees’ abuses of the legal process included: (1) the rigged Credit Bid “Sale” for which was the reason they instituted the Receivership Proceeding; and (2) the filing of an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) that contained a false “Amended and Restated Security Agreement” with a fraudulently doctored “Exhibit B,” which purported to include the IP as part of the collateral for the Meiling Appellees’ loans to MI-LLC (not MI-INC). Such conduct constitutes a “willful act in the use of the legal process” and was perpetrated to achieve Appellees’ “ulterior purpose” of unlawfully acquiring the IP, which Appellees were successful in misappropriating until Magistrate Baldwin’s Order was issued, thereby entirely ousting Appellants’ interests in MI-LLC."

Baker v. Meiling Ninth Circuit Court Opening Brief

6. Documents Establish Chemeon, Chemetall & the U.S. Navy Knew the METALAST® Trademark was Owned by David M. Semas & not the Meilings

December 12, 2021 - Shown in a PDF Format below are four telltale prima facie documents that establish since April 2015 Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC (Chemeon), owners Dean and Madylon Meiling (the Meilings), global chemical company Chemetall (a BASF business unit) and the Department of the Navy knew all along METALAST® trademarks, common law name and brand were always owned by David M. Semas (Semas) and/or his company METALAST® International, Inc. (MII).

 

The Chemeon manufacturing distributor QualiChem, all branches of the DOD, major defense contractors, Chemeon Distributors, metal finishers, chemical companies and manufacturers of aluminum and metal products were fully informed as well. Additionally, industry Quality Assurance, Compliance and Process Audit departments were notified as of April 2015 that Semas and MII were the legal owners of the registered METALAST® trademark. USPTO online portal Trademark Electronic Search System confirmed Semas/MII always owned the trademarks since first put in commerce in 1993 under common law rights.

Two Chemetall executives were in receipt of a Cease and Desist letter and subpoena in September of 2015, which was ignored. The U.S. Navy received a Cease and Desist letter in March of 2016, which was also ignored. After a six year legal battle, on February 23, 2021 this fact was reaffirmed and adjudicated and a court order granted in favor of Semas by the United States District Court, District of Nevada (Reno). The 43-page court order decreed the Meilings had no authority or legal right to use the name METALAST® in commerce, including but not limited to calling itself or its products "formerly Metalast", or "formerly known as Metalast®" beginning on June 11, 2015. A Specific Performance judgment in favor of Semas was granted. The Meilings and Chemeon were ordered to immediately halt the use of the name and Magistrate Judge Baldwin stated failure to comply would result in contempt  proceedings. 

The act of defiance and knowingly using the Metalast® name constitutes willful and intentional trademark infringement, which qualifies for treble damages and disgorgement of profits under the U.S. Supreme Court unanimous decision on April 23, 2020.

 

The potential liability for Procurement Fraud and publishing a False Designation of Origin is significant. Willfully misrepresenting material facts by making a false statement as to the legal ownership of a registered trademark name and brand of a QPL approved chemical to the USPTO, Navy, DOD, aircraft and aerospace industry, manufacturers process auditors, customers or specifying manufacturers is a very serious matter. Should a catastrophic failure occur of a QPL approved flight critical component specified as METALAST®, that wasn't, the legal and financial consequences could be enormous.  How to prevent this in the future? Simple, don't lie about the ownership of a USPTO registered trademark.

Metalast Trademark Ownership Press Release April 2015

MII Cease and Desist Letter To Chemetall September 2015

U.S. Navy QPL Approval For Metalast TCP-HF August 2015

MII Cease and Desist Letter To U.S. Navy March 2016

7. United States Patent & Trademark Office Awards New USPTO Registered METALAST® trademark to its Founder & Lawful Owner David M. Semas

December 11, 2021 - On August 3, 2021 the USPTO formally issued approval to David M. Semas (Semas) for a renewed registered trademark on the name and word mark METALAST®. The Goods and Services classification has been specially amended for the broad use in Class 1: "Chemical preparations in metal finishing" (Registration No. 643952). The word mark USPTO registration confirms METALAST® was first used in commerce in 1995 and was therefore owned by Semas or his business entity since that date.  Under Common Law rights David Semas first put the Metalast brand in commerce in January 1993, which was two years prior to the formation of Metalast International, LLC.

8. Ninth Judicial District Court of Nevada rules against Chemeon & grants summary judgment to former METALAST International, LLC members

November 5, 2021 - As has been the case over many years the litigious  Chemeon and its owners Dean and Madylon Meiling pursued another baseless legal action.  This time however it was against MI94, LLC the former Metalast International, LLC (MI94) and its Managing Members, Marc Harris and Jeff Mackinen. 

In an blatant attempt to gain control of MI94 books and records, and in particular the current LLC member names and addresses Chemeon filed another one of its frivolous lawsuits against MI94. As alleged in the MI94 answer to the Complaint Chemeon and the Meilings were acting in bad faith and had an ulterior motive to gain access to confidential LLC member information. The Court found Chemeon was never a member of MI94 and thus had no right to demand access to its books and records. It would appear the Court, and in particular Judge Thomas W. Gregory saw through the deceptive charade and ruled in favor of MI94 and granted it a Summary Judgment, plus attorney fees and court costs.

 

In more than ten court cases filed either by Chemeon, the Meilings or their other business entities, the Incline Village socialites and self-proclaimed philanthropic couple have little to show after paying what is likely been millions of dollars in legal fees. As established in hundreds of pages of court rulings against them by the Ninth Judicial District Court of Nevada, Nevada State Supreme Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Nevada, U.S. District Court of Nevada and soon the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit their manufactured allegations are meritless and hollow. Several judiciaries have ruled they lacked candor (common vernacular - "lied"). 

 

Throughout their unwarranted and frivolous claims against Semas and his family, MI94 members, Marc Harris and others the Meilings have grossly misrepresented material facts, have been untruthful, mislead the Court  and claimed mountains of evidence, when non existed. Numerous rulings from the bench demonstrate that the Meilings and their legal team have essentially created out of thin air hypothetical and erroneous causes of action, phony allegations and ridiculous as well as absurd legal theories and arguments.

Ninth Judicial District Court Granting MI94 Summary Judgment November 5, 2021

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October 29, 2021 - In August Chemeon filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court on their loss after six years of baseless litigation with the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Reno), referenced as the 294 case. On October 29, 2021 David M. Semas and his business entities, including Metalast®, Inc. filed APPELLEES' ANSWERING BRIEF with The United States Court of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit No. 21-15561 (561 case).

The forty-three page Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law' and final court order issued by Magistrate Judge Carla Baldwin in the 294 case made it abundantly clear that Semas was the prevailing party (see Court Order below February 23, 2021 page 42 and 43). The Court found that Chemeon's claims were unfounded, baseless, without merit or fully released as a part of the March 2015 Settlement Agreement. The Court also found the Meilings and their business entity, Chemeon had no right to use the Metalast® trademark, name or brand in any fashion or manner whatsoever after June 11, 2015. Chemeon's allegations were proven to be bogus as they never acquired the Metalast® trademark only assets of Metalast International, LLC (MILLC). MILLC did not own the trademark, and only held a license from its lawful owner Semas since he first put into commerce under common law rights in 1993 and after he received a registered trademark from the USPTO in 1997.

Despite these facts Chemeon and the Meilings submitted a seventy-two page Appellants' Opening Brief filled with legal machinations in the 561 case to the Ninth Circuit that can only be interpreted as quite bizarre and delusional. It appears they are living in an alternate universe. Once again the Meilings claim to be the victim and are challenging the 294 case Findings of Fact and Conclusions' of Law. They are attempting to spoof the Ninth Circuit panel of judges by presenting an absurd legal theory that they actually won the case. They falsely claim Semas is a bad guy and are asking the Ninth Circuit Court to overturn the lower courts ruling. The original U.S. District Court 294 case order, the Meiling's and Chemeon's (Appellants') Ninth Circuit Opening Brief and Semas's (Appellees') Answering Brief speak for themselves.

U.S. District Court Findings of Facts Ruling and Court Order February 23, 2021

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chemeon Opening Brief August 5, 2021

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Semas Answering Brief October 29, 2021

9. U.S. Federal District Court Issues Final Ruling Against Chemeon, Dean, & Madylon Meiling

February 23, 2021 - On June 3, 2015, Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC commenced an action against David Michael Semas, Greg Semas, Wendi Semas, and several of Mr. Semas's business entities.  See Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC v. Semas, Case No. 3:15-CV-00294, United States District Court for the District of Nevada. (Reno)  The now proven to be bogus allegations in the case are in the public record, available for all interested persons to view.

 

During nearly six years of litigation, the court entered a defense summary judgment on all frivolous claims against Greg Semas and Wendi Semas, and nearly of the claims against David Semas and his business entities. The few remaining claims were the subject of a trial in November, 2020.  On February 23, 2021, the federal court ruled on all remaining claims in the case, and entered Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment in favor of Mr. Semas who has been completely vindicated in that Chemeon Surface Technology has lost every baseless claim.

 

As part of the judgment, the court ruled:

 

IT IS FURTHER DECREED that, beginning June 11, 2015, Dean S. Meiling, Madylon Meiling, and their company Chemeon had no right to use "Metalast" in commerce, including, but not limited to, calling itself or its products "formerly Metalast" or "formerly known as Metalast"; and

IT IS FURTHER DECREED that Counterclaimants Dean Meiling, Madylon Meiling, and Chemeon are hereby ordered to perform the Settlement by halting all use of "Metalast®" on any product labels, advertisements, sales orders, invoices, purchase orders, technical data sheets, safety data sheets, web pages, brochures, or other documents of commerce. This judgment of specific performance may be enforced by contempt proceedings in this court.

 

David Semas is hopeful that this finally puts to rest Chemeon's six-year quest to trade on the "Metalast" brand name, and that the chemical industry will no longer trade on that brand name without license to do so.

Feb 23, 2021 Chemeon v Metalast Semas 294 Case Court Order and Judgment

Feb 23, 2021 Chemeon v Metalast Semas 294 Case Court Order and Judgment

Feb 23, 2021 Chemeon v Metalast Semas 294 Case Court Order and Judgment

December 29, 2020 - The bench trial portion of the Chemeon v. Metalast International, Inc. et al. lawsuit (294 case), including witness testimony was concluded on November 17, 2020. Transcripts are now available. Plaintiff's  and Defendant's legal counsel submitted their Closing Arguments in writing to the Court on December 11, 2020. Rather than reading the tea leaves or expounding on lawyer spin we will await the formal ruling by the U.S. District Court of Nevada, which is expected before the end of January 2021. 

October 20, 2020 - After five years of protracted litigation the Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC (Dean and Madylon  Meiling) v. Metalast and David M. Semas lawsuit is set for trial on Monday, November 9, 2020 in the U.S. District Court of Nevada (Reno) before Judge Carla Baldwin. Semas and his family have won all thirty baseless causes of action to date, with only a frivolous copyright and use of TCP-HF and AA-200 submarks claim remaining by Chemeon and the Meilings.  The Court will also rule on a Breach of Contract counter-claim by Semas against the Meilings and Chemeon for breach of a court approved settlement agreement and their unlawful use of the USPTO registered trademark name, "Metalast®". owned by Semas with common law rights dating back as early as January 1993, two years prior to the formation of Metalast International, LLC.

April 23, 2020 - The United States Supreme Court handed down a stunning victory by unanimous decision in favor of companies and individuals whose trademark was infringed on under the 1946 Lanham Act. The highest court in the land determined the owner of a trademark does not have to demonstrate an absolute willfulness to recover damages. A trademark owner can be awarded disgorgement of infringers profits without establishing the trademark infringers conduct was willful.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Categorical Rule That Trademark

Supreme Court: Profit Disgorgement Available Remedy For Trademark Infringement

February 28, 2020 - The court denied, yet again another Meiling motion to resurrect one of their frivolous lawsuits. Filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Nevada, Douglas County the case by and between Plaintiff, D&M-MI, LLC, a Dean and Madylon Meiling owned entity and Defendant, Metalast International, LLC is further detailed below under the heading "On August 22, 2019."  The Meilings 'Hail Mary' motion to set aside a spurious $9.8 million judgment failed again. The Court order was in response to their Motion to Alter or Amend the previous order by the Court.

 

The Honorable Judge Thomas Gregory stated, "...the set aside of the Clerk's Default on the Complaint was necessary to avoid a manifest injustice created by Plaintiff's material misrepresentations as to its intent to proceed on the FAC" (First Amended Complaint). The court denied the Meiling motion, confirmed the Clerk's Default and dismissed the spurious legal action with prejudice.  

 

February 6, 2020 - A Financial Elderly Abuse lawsuit for Constructive Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Negligence and Violation of Business & Professional Code was filed by fifty-one (51) California and Nevada named Plaintiffs against the wealthy and self-described philanthropic couple, Defendants Dean Meiling and his wife, Dr. Madylon Meiling and their alleged co-conspirators in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles (Susan Baker et al. v. Dean Meiling et al. Case No. 20STCV05126 - Case 5126). 

 

The couple reside in the affluent community of Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The Meilings acquired the assets of Metalast International, LLC (MILLC) in 2013. The hostile takeover of MILLC as alleged in the 5126 Complaint describes how they feigned to make further investments in the business, then unleashed a deceptive plan to have their hand-picked Receiver appointed to gain management control of MILLC. Seven months later, in November 2013 without any type of appraisal, business valuation or advertising the company's assets for sale, the Receiver set an arbitrary low ball credit bid of $5 million in favor of the Meilings.

Susan Baker et al. V. Dean Meiling et al. California Superior Court Case 20STCV05126

October 21, 2019, Nevada Supreme Court DENIED - In another stunning, but not surprising rebuke of Dean and Madylon Meiling's endless stream of motions and appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously denied their latest 'en banc' review as detailed in the September 17th paragraph below. As if two denials from the Ninth Judicial District Court weren't enough to persuade the litigious duo, the fifth and final court denial was issued by the Nevada Supreme Court for its refusal to intervene in the $90 million Class Action lawsuit, Jerry Alexander el al. v. Dean Meiling et al. (572 case). All seven justices signed the Supreme Court order that read;

"Having considered the petition on file herein, we have concluded that en banc reconsideration is not warranted. NRAP 40A. Accordingly, we ORDER the petition DENIED." No doubt, the Meilings and their legal team will try to spin this into a "win" using some other legalese or absurd logic.

Alexander V. Meiling Supreme Court Final Order

Harris v. Meiling Request for Judicial Notice

October 8, 2019, Litigation Summary - In response to Plaintiff Chemeon's Motion for Leave to File Third-Amended Complaint attorney for Defendant David Semas, METALAST®, Inc. et al. summarized the last four years of the baseless litigation as follows, "David Semas entered into the 2015 Settlement Agreement to put an end to litigation with the Meilings. A few months later, the Meilings sued him again. As this Court found, the bulk of those claims were released by the Settlement Agreement. In other words, the Meilings breached the Settlement Agreement by bringing the claims.

 

Throughout this litigation, Chemeon’s counsel has threatened to destroy the Semas family, promised “mountains of evidence” that never materialized, promised compelling and controlling legal precedents that don’t exist, mischaracterized this Court’s rulings in press releases, and publicly humiliated David Semas with a constant drumbeat of unsubstantiated and false claims of fraud, theft, and other misdeeds. Even after the Court has disposed of most of these claims, Chemeon is unapologetic, and apoplectic with grotesque rhetoric designed abuse the litigation “privilege” to impugn with impunity.

Against this backdrop, Chemeon’s assertion that David Semas will not be prejudiced by more litigation is a farce. Everything in this case is designed to smear him. The June 21, 2015 copyright claim is no different. Chemeon has not merely alleged that Mr. Semas copied works owned by Chemeon. Chemeon casts a single event of copying as part of a grand conspiracy to defraud Chemeon.

The record is plain that Chemeon has never pursued this case based on substantive merits or to obtain compensation that justi[ies the litigation expense. Chemeon commenced this case as a preemptory maneuver to make it as dif[icult and expensive as possible for David Semas to control his Metalast™ trademark and brand, denying him the benefit of his Settlement Agreement."

October 3, 2019 - Magistrate Judge, Carla Baldwin for the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Reno) granted a stay to Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC ("Chemeon") in the Harris v. Meiling et al. Elderly Abuse lawsuit (339 case) pending rulings by presiding Judge Miranda Du on various motions before the court.

10. Chemeon, Dean & Madylon Meiling Again Petition the Nevada Supreme Court for Rehearing

September 17, 2019 (DENIED on 10/21/2019) - For the third time the Meilings petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court for a rehearing of the Ninth Judicial District Court of Douglas County refusal to intervene in the $90 million pending Class Action lawsuit, Jerry Alexander el al. v. Dean Meiling et al. (572 case). Not accepting the denial by three (3) Justice Supreme Court panel, the Meilings petitioned for an 'en banc' review, or a hearing before seven (7) Justices of the Supreme Court. They asked to reargue points previously made and rejected three times by the State Court and two times by the Supreme Court. The petition contains the same gross misrepresentations and smear tactics the Meilings and their hand-picked Receiver, Jim Proctor used against Semas since his removal as the managing member and after the unlawful confiscation of MILLC assets in November 2013 as alleged in the 572 case.

 

This is another effort to delay the inevitable, the opening of discovery, gathering of evidence and deposition testimony from the Defendants. One would think the Meilings would welcome the opportunity to tell their story. Mindful to all parties a person convicted of perjury may face five years in prison. Whether civil litigation or criminal prosecution, Conspiracy to Defraud investors over the age of 60 as alleged in the 339 lawsuit is a serious matter.

Civil - Fraudulent Conveyances NRS 205.330

Criminal - Taking Of Property Persons 60-Years Of Age NRS 193.167

Meiling Reconsideration Nevada Supreme Court September 17, 2019

Harris v. Meiling Response To Motion To Stay September 6, 2019

On September 3, 2019 DENIED - The Nevada Supreme Court issued a Court order that denied a rehearing and ruled against litigious husband of wife Dean and Madylon Meiling and Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC (Chemeon). The pending 572 case the Court stated, "Appellants' reliance on Barton v. Barbour as a basis for rehearing is misplaced."

Nevada Supreme Court Order Denying Meilings Rehearing $90M Class Action 572 September 3, 2019

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On August 22, 2019, the attorney's for the MILLC, MI94, LLC and its manager MI-16, LLC (collectively MILLC) filed Defendants response to Plaintiff's, D&M-MI, LLC, the Meilings and Chemeon's motion to set aside their bogus $9.8 million judgment and remarkable effort at rewriting history in the 339 case detailed in the attached PDF below.

 

Unlike the disinformation on the Chemeon website the following is supported by exhibits, court rulings, court orders and transcripts. The detailed summary includes an accurate accounting of the history of this protracted litigation. Chemeon and its principals, Dean and Madylon Meiling continue to use every legal maneuver and procedural tactic to circumvent the rule of law. Time and time again they use obfuscation and phony legal arguments by filing appeals with every court they've appeared before. Their spurious legal actions have been denied by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Ninth Judicial District Court (Douglas County, NV), U.S. District Court of Nevada, Nevada Supreme Court and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), pending the anticipated appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court. Not surprisingly, on August 12th Chemeon's appeal for rehearing with the Nevada Supreme Court by alleging the state's highest judiciary, "erred in its findings" and "overlooked material points of law and fact in the various rulings" was summarily DENIED.

 

Page 7 of Metalast's Response to Chemeon's effort to reverse the Court order methodically lays out the ongoing failed judicial strategy of the Chemeon legal team. Metalast attorneys correctly contend, "Instead, Plaintiff's Amendment Motion reads as a thinly-veiled effort to lard the record with more in-depth arguments, legal citations, and supporting declarations/exhibits, and as an improper attempt to render an after-the-fact redefinition of the landscape on which this Court based the Corrective Order. This Court should have no appetite for Plaintiff's further gamesmanship to interject a disfavored request for reconsideration or sur-opposition in to this matter, under the guise of the Amended Motion, and it should therefore summarily deny the Amendment Motion in toto. If the Meilings version of events is truthful, why stall and delay?

Ninth Judicial District Court Defendants Response to the Meilings Appeal Motion August 22, 2019

11. Supreme Court of Nevada Resoundingly Rules Against Dean & Madylon Meiling's Efforts to Delay $90 Million Class Action Lawsuit

On July 24, 2019 DENIED - After more than two years of delay the Nevada Supreme Court ruled against Dean and Madylon Meiling and Chemeon. The $90 Million pending Class Action lawsuit or the 572 case began with the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Nevada Federal court). The case was stayed pending a Ninth Judicial District Court, Douglas County (State court) ruling. The State court DENIED twice the Meiling's motion seeking a preliminary injunction to protect them and their cohorts from additional lawsuits. The innocent don't run from a trial if historical facts and documented evidence supports their position, but rather welcome the opportunity to present their case. The Meilings unsuccessful appeal of the State court ruling above was then also DENIED by the Nevada Supreme Court three times. The Court found their arguments to be unpersuasive when they stated, "Chemeon's additional arguments are unavailing because "state courts are completely without power to restrain  federal court proceedings in in personam actions."

 

The Meilings unsuccessful appeal of the State court ruling above was then also DENIED by the Nevada Supreme Court three times. The Court found their arguments to be unpersuasive when they stated, "Chemeon's additional arguments are unavailing because "state courts are completely without power to restrain federal court proceedings in in personam actions." We have considered and reject Chemeon's other arguments and deny as moot the motion to strike Chemeon's notice of supplemental authority. Accordingly, we ORDER the judgment of the district court AFFIRMED."

Nevada Supreme Court Order The Meilings Appeal On 572 Class Action Denied July 24, 2019

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12. Ninth Judicial District Court of Nevada Rules Against Dean & Madylon Meiling on Bogus $9.8 Million Default Judgment Claim

On July 19, 2019 DENIED - In a different case the State court issued a Final Judgment and ruled against Dean and Madylon Meiling and another one of their business entities, D&M-MI, LLC in favor MILLC. Apparently, not being satisfied with the $100 million hostile takeover scam alleged in the Elderly Abuse 339 lawsuit, the Meilings sought to collect on a bogus $9.8 million default judgment (114 case). The State court specifically noted, "The Plaintiff's pursuit of a default under these circumstances was unfair to Defendants and was accomplished without candor to the tribunal. In accord, Plaintiffs' Application for Default Judgment against Metalast International, LLC NKA MI94, LLC is denied."  Trickery and lack of candor is unbecoming to a member of the bar.

 

In a further embarrassing rebuke in the State court 114 case, on page 8 of the Order Setting Aside Default, Denying Default Judgment, Dismissing Action and Awarding Attorney's Fees State court Judge Gregory stated, "Plaintiffs misled the Court and the Defendants by way of their applications for default and default judgment in the manner described herein was not done on reasonable grounds." The Meilings and their legal team's ongoing legal trickery and litigious shenanigans are finally being exposed. This time Lady Justice saw though the charade.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION: RULE 3.3: Candor Toward The Tribunal

(a) A Lawyer shall not knowingly:

(1) make a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made to the tribunal by a lawyer;

 

(2) fail to disclose to the tribunal legal authority in the controlling jurisdiction known to the lawyer to be directly adverse to the position of the client and not disclosed by opposing counsel; or

 

(3) offer evidence that the lawyer knows to be false. f a lawyer, the lawyer's client, or a witness called by a lawyer, has offered material evidence and the lawyer comes to know of its falsity, the lawyer shall take reasonable remedial measures, including, if necessary disclosure to the tribunal.

Ninth Judicial District Court Order - $9 Million Judgment Reversed July 19, 2019

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13. U.S. District Court Rules Against Chemeon (The Meilings) Distributors Chemetall, BASF, Albemarle, Qualichem & Others

On June 6, 2019 DENIED - The U.S. District Court, District of Nevada denied a Motion To Dismiss requested by metal finishing chemical company Chemeon on behalf of its distributors; Chemetall US, BASF, Albemarle and QualiChem and six others. The lawsuit (125 case) was filed against Chemetall, BASF et al. by David Semas and Metalast®, Inc. in November 2018 for trademark infringement over the unlawful use of the Semas owned USPTO registered name "Metalast®."The Court also denied Chemeon's Motion to Intervene and motion for attorney's fees.

U.S. District Court of Nevada Chemeon Motion To Dismiss Denied 125 Case - June 6, 2019

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14. Best Summary of Dispute

The METALAST® USPTO registered trademark has been owned by Semas since first put into commerce in 1993. The Metalast® trademark was only licensed to the Semas managed entity, MILLC and was never directly licensed to Chemeon or the Meilings. Despite false statements on its website and in press releases, Chemeon is not now and has never been, "formerly Metalast®", nor does it have the legal authority to designate itself as such. See Item 1., allegations paragraphs 41 - 44 of the Class Action Elderly Abuse 339 lawsuit filed against Dean and Madylon Meiling, Jan Chubb and James Proctor.

MII to MILLC Metalast License

339 Elderly Abuse Complaint

The Navy-issued and QPL-certified Metalast® TCP-HF line of non-hexavalent chromate conversion coating products were approved and/or specified by the Department of Defense and many leading manufacturers. The owners of Chemeon, Dean and Madylon Meiling entered into a settlement agreement as approved by a U.S. Federal Court. Under oath all parties acknowledged Metalast® trademarks were always owned by Semas.  The parties agreed after June 10, 2015, the Meilings and their business entities could no longer use the name "Metalast" in the sale of their products "in any fashion or manner whatsoever.”

Definative Judge Zive Transcripts

A secondary ruling by Judge Beesley reaffirmed the terms of the settlement agreement and went a step further by stating on the record; "The parties acknowledged it. The parties were represented by good counsel. They're stuck with it, and it applies both to trademarks and trade names and any other use of the term Metalast for any purpose whatsoever. That's-- that is the agreement that I approved in court." During the December 3, 2015 hearing, as requested by the U.S. District Court of Nevada asking for a clear and unambiguous clarification of the agreement between the parties, settlement Judge Bruce T. Beesley emphasized on the record the Meilings use of the name "Metalast" was an; "Absolute Prohibition."

Judge Beesley Transcript

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David Semas has not licensed or in anyway otherwise consented to the characterization of any business entity as being "formerly Metalast®" or any manufactured and sold product or chemical formulation as "formerly Metalast®." Any person who procures, aids, or abets the breach of this promise may be subject to a civil cause of action. 

 

Effective May of 2013, David Semas hereby disclaims any and all liability for any product defects, wrongful death, personal injury, or property damage in anyway attributed, or alleged to be attributed to, any product advertised, represented, distributed, or sold as a Metalast product, or under the "formerly Metalast®" moniker, with or without the ® symbol.

 

In August 2015, two months after they were to stop using the USPTO registered trademark and name Metalast, "in any fashion or manner whatsoever" Dean and Madylon Meiling and others knowingly breached the settlement agreement by misrepresenting material facts that caused the U.S. Navy to grant Qualified Products List (QPL) approval for the Chemeon TCP-HF line of products. Not being informed otherwise the Navy required all labels specifically state the related chemical products are known as "formerly Metalast." As of this date this unauthorized use of the Metalast® trademark is still shown on the QPL and in the Qualified Products Database, which is a requirement for DoD approved suppliers, and the aerospace and aviation industry.

Judge Zive and Judge Beesley Settlement Transcripts

To Process Auditors

15. This is a False Designation of Origin. Chemeon QPL Approved Products
can not be Labeled, and are not "Formerly METALAST®."

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16. Former METALAST Members File Suit Against
Dean & Madylon Meiling for Financial Elderly Abuse

June 25, 2019 - The Elderly Abuse 339 lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California on March 18, 2019 was transferred to the U.S. District Court of Nevada (Harris et al. v. Meiling et al. Case No. 3:19-cv-00339-MMD-CBC). The case was dismissed on procedural grounds  and a Financial Elderly Abuse 5126 lawsuit was filed on Feb 6, 2020.

 

The 339 lawsuit names a wealthy, powerfully connected and self-described philanthropic couple, Dean Meiling and his wife, Dr. Madylon Meiling and their alleged co-conspirators. The couple reside in the affluent community of Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The Meilings acquired the assets of Metalast International, LLC (MILLC) in 2013.  This age old story would normally not be all that unusual, but for the fact the husband, Dean Meiling was a former MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PIMCO (1977 – 1998), the world’s premiere fixed income investment manager.

Products Finishing Defamatory Meiling Interview

Dean Meiing Bio

The hostile takeover scam of MILLC as alleged in the 339 Complaint, attached at the end of the numbered paragraphs describes how the Meilings feigned to make further investments in the business. With presumed good faith negotiations to invest $3 million dollars ongoing, the Meilings, with their alleged co-conspirators had the founder of MILLC, David Semas removed as MILLC Manager and a Receiver appointed to gain management control of the company and its assets, as further detailed in the lawsuit and this website. Seven (7) months later, in November 2013, after claiming to be acting in the best interest of the company, beginning on Page 9 the Complaint alleges;

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36. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that each of the Defendants planned, schemed and conspired to use the Meiling Defendants’ contributions and usurious loans to Investment LLC, to fraudulently convert, overtake, and acquire the assets of Investment LLC (hereinafter the "Fraudulent Scheme"). The Fraudulent Scheme was perpetrated by the Meiling Defendants and by the contrived efforts of their legal counsel, Attorney Defendants and Receiver Defendants, who were supposed to be neutral and detached - but in actuality concealed their allegiance to the Meilings and facilitated their scheme in advancement of their own pecuniary interests.

37. In furtherance of the Fraudulent Scheme, the Meiling Defendants concocted a plan to feign interest in making an additional $3M investment in Investment LLC in order to surreptitiously access private and confidential financial information (“Insider Information”) about the company and its impending profitability to procure the appointment of Receiver Defendants, who facilitated the takeover of Investment LLC under entirely false pretenses. Specifically, in reliance upon, and as a result of the Meiling Defendants' false promises of additional investment funding for Investment LLC, and acts feigned in furtherance thereof, Investment LLC ceased efforts to obtain funding from other sources, as it had successfully done on many prior occasions.

38. Under the Fraudulent Scheme, the Meiling Defendants feigned negotiating and entering into an additional funding arrangement, and defendant Janet Chubb misrepresented that Defendant James Proctor was the Meilings’ “Accountant,” using the guise of conducting “due diligence” to infiltrate Investment LLC’s business and financial affairs in purported furtherance of the additional funding agreement. As such, Defendants obtained access to the Insider Information, which they secretly and improperly used to designate a receiver to assume control of Investment LLC on the false premise that the company could not “make payroll.” This occurred without notice to Investment LLC’s majority owner and managing member David Semas, Plaintiff, or any of the Class members, and resulted in the Meiling Defendants taking over and ultimately acquiring the assets of Investment LLC, with their righthand man Proctor becoming the Receiver, and Attorney Defendants earning substantial legal fees at Plaintiff’s and the Class members’ ultimate expense.

39. In furtherance of the Fraudulent Scheme, Receiver Defendants removed and prevented Mr. Semas from contacting Investment LLC’s 900 plus members (or any vendors or partners), many of whom were elderly, which precluded said members from protecting their interests in Investment LLC, or from being notified of, or participating in any proceedings.

 

40. Further, Receiver Defendants improperly, and to the detriment of Plaintiff and the Class, and under the guise of being “advisors” to the company, appointed the Meiling Defendants to take over the operations of Investment LLC – even prior to their surreptitious “credit bid” sale discussed below - for the purpose of causing its devaluation so as to misrepresent that the company could no longer continue as a going concern, and artificially lower the sale price to the Meilings.

 

41. Additionally, in furtherance of the conspiracy, attorney Defendant Tiffany Schwartz – an attorney with Chubb’s law firm at the time, Defendant Armstrong Teasdale, LLP fraudulently filed a forged document with the USPTO entitled “Amended Security Agreement” (the “Fraudulent USPTO Filing”) with a purported date of June 17, 2013. This document was represented as containing an Exhibit “B” that purportedly gave the Meilings a secured interest in seven (7) trademarks held in the name of Investment LLC’s former manager, Metalast International, Inc., that the Meilings had purportedly received as collateral for a loan made to Investment LLC in 2009. In actuality, the parties to the security agreement never executed any Exhibit “B” to the agreement. In fact, it was impossible for an Exhibit “B” to exist in 2009 (when the security agreement was executed) because the very first trademark listed in Exhibit “B” did not exist until April 17, 2012 [Registration No. 4128211].

42. Additionally, prior to the submission of the Fraudulent USPTO Filing, Defendant Dean Meiling, attorney Bruce Leslie (another attorney in Chubb’s office) and Defendants Chubb and Receiver Defendants engaged in an email thread discussing the legal effect of the real security agreement that the Meilings actually procured in exchange for their loans to Investment LLC, which never gave them any interest in any trademark held by Metalast International, Inc. (the “Real Security Agreement”). In fact, attorney Leslie informed Defendant Dean Meiling that the Real Security Agreement conferred no secured interest in any trademarks because none was listed. This was in fact, common sense because the borrower in the security agreement, Metalast International, LLC, could not collateralize marks it did not own. (The “Leslie Email Exchange”.)

 

43. Shortly after the Leslie Email Exchange, Defendant Schwartz filed a Notice of Recordation of Assignment with the USPTO. For good reason, the USPTO refused to acknowledge this assignment. However, the conspiring Defendants did not relent.

 

44. Plaintiff and the Class did not - and could not - have discovered the conspiracy and the plot to overtake Investment LLC until a late 2016 deposition of Defendant James Proctor in a different lawsuit in Nevada, when a review of documents produced at the deposition revealed the Leslie Email Exchange and other documents that demonstrated this conspiracy. It was not until such documents were produced in that lawsuit that the nature and extent of Defendants’ conspiratorial conduct was revealed. Due to the “gag order” (in Receiver Defendants’ own terms), neither Plaintiff, nor the Class members or Mr. Semas could have discovered the existence of the Leslie Email Exchange, as they were all expressly prohibited from communicating or making any inquiries whatsoever as to Defendants’ dealings.

45. With the fix in, Receiver Defendants were ready to strip away the value in Plaintiff and the Class members’ interests in Investment LLC. To that end, the Fraudulent Scheme culminated with a rigged credit bid “sale,” whereby the company was sold for the debt, all of Investment LLC’s assets were transferred to the Meiling Defendants. Receiver Defendants sought no appraisal of the assets of Investment LLC, failed to advertise the sale, refused to give notice to the members of the sale, sought no independent valuation services from any third parties, and did nothing but use their powers to carry out the Meiling Defendants’ wishes." In fact, in conducting the purported credit bid sale, Receiver Defendants had the purpose of allocating the entirety of the proceeds from the alleged sale to pay off defendant Chemeon Surface Technology, LLC (then known as D&M-MI, LLC) as a “secured creditor,” and ensuring that Chemeon would be the winning bidder. The purported credit bid sale was an unlawful method of foreclosing on Chemeon’s alleged secured interest, and was in total breach of the Uniform Commercial Code and adoptive Nevada Revised Statutes, in that it was neither “commercially reasonable” nor sold at a maximized value. In fact, the Receiver Defendants’ goal was to sell the company for the bare credit bid amount made by Chemeon, effectively ensuring the company’s liquidation in the ultimate and exclusive favor of the Meiling Defendants. The sale in fact proceeded in the face of complaints by disgruntled shareholders, who were given no notice or opportunity to oppose the sale or attempt to seek legal representation as to why the Sale should not be approved.

 

46. As part of the sham sale and their undivided loyalty to the Meilings, and despite their knowledge of the Leslie Email Exchange (on which they were copied), Receiver Defendants misrepresented that Investment LLC owned the seven trademarks held by Metalast International, Inc., and knowingly conducted the “sale” to the Meilings under those false pretenses. In doing so, Receiver Defendants assigned the “Metalast” name, brand and trademark to the Meilings, without notifying the Plaintiffs. With the consummation of this sale, the Receiver Defendants’ mission was accomplished, the Meiling Defendants took over the company, and ownership and control (and all profits) remains with them to date, to the continuing detriment of Plaintiff and all Class members." SEE SALE ORDER BELOW.

Superior Court of California Elderly Abuse 339 Complaint Against The Meilings March 18, 2019

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As alleged in the 339 and 5126 lawsuits, this self-serving action effectively resulted in stripping the assets from a privately held, but internationally recognized company from its founder and unsuspecting MILLC members thereby wiping out about $100 million dollars of investment from its lawful owners. It was the investment provided by the MILLC members and the dedicated efforts of Semas and his team of professionals that were responsible for branding Metalast®.

Gibbons Order Approving Sale Without Valuation or Bids Fraud Claiming Trademarks November 4, 2013

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2. February 26, 2019 DENIED - In spite of false representations made in the public record by Chemeon and it owners Dean and Madylon Meiling, the Honorable Judge Miranda Du of the Nevada Federal court once again ruled against Chemeon. The court reaffirmed rulings and granted Partial Summary Judgments ("PSJ") in favor of David Semas, his Metalast business entities and Sierra Dorado, Inc. while also granting PSJ's and dismissing the unwarranted lawsuits against his daughter Wendi Semas and son Greg Semas (Chemeon v. Metalast case No: 3:15-cv-00294-CLB), the 294 case or lawsuit. In its most recent ruling the court order states: "Plaintiff's (Chemeon) claim against David Semas seeking cancellation of the Metalast trademark having registration No. 2963106 is dismissed because Plaintiff lacks standing to bring it." Other than procedural motions by Chemeon lawyers, the Nevada Federal court ruled in favor of the Semas family and denied all causes of action against them.

17. U.S. District Court - 294  Case Court Orders in
Favor of Semas Family Against Chemeon

David Semas PSJ Granted May 18, 2018

Wendi Semas PSJ Granted March 27, 2018

Greg Semas PSJ Granted February 26, 2019

Chemeon PSJ Denied January 29, 2019

3. June 4, 2019 - In November 2018 Metalast® founder and MILLC managing member, Semas filed a lawsuit for Trademark Infringement against Chemetall, a business unit of BASF Corporation and nine (9) other Chemeon distributors in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. In June the case was subsequently transferred to the U.S. District Court of Nevada (David Semas v. Chemetall US, Inc. et al Case No. 3:19-cv-00125-CLB), 125 case or lawsuit.

4. June 6, 2019 - After granting 28 summary judgments in favor of Semas and his son, Greg and daughter. Wendi in the 294 Case, and watching the even-handed rulings and measured judicial temperament of former Judge Miranda Du denying nearly all of Chemeon's baseless motions it wasn't a surprise when Magistrate Judge Carla Baldwin, an experienced prosecutor denied Chemeon's Motion for Dismissal in the Trademark Infringement 125 case.

U.S. District Court of California Trademark Infringement Complaint 125 Case - November 19, 2018

18. Historical Background Information

PHONY PRESS RELEASE: In press releases issued May 17, 2018 and March 21, 2017, Chemeon and owners Dean and Madylon Meiling bizarrely asserted in the 294 case the Nevada federal court approved the historical use of the name Metalast® in commerce when they falsely stated "IN ESSENCE," Judge Miranda Du granted Chemeon partial summary judgment on the topic. The press releases distorted the court order by claiming Chemeon, its manufacturing partners and distributors were authorized by Judge Du to use the historical reference to the Metalast name, which was untrue. Under the March 2015 Court approved Settlement Agreement, Dean and Madylon Meiling, and not their distributors were only granted temporary use of the name until June 10, 2015.

Press Release May 17, 2018

Press Release Mar 21, 2017

19. Metalast International, LLC Asset Purchase

The Meilings used as many unfounded malicious allegations against Semas as possible, and shamefully against his family as well. Their ongoing slash and burn campaign is meant to smear his good name in an effort to discredit Semas in the industry and with his former limited liability members that invested $90 million in the business. The Meilings litigation efforts try to create a false public record to coerce Semas into forfeiting the Metalast® trademarks he's owned since 1993 that were also reaffirmed under the Settlement Agreement. This elaborate scheme involved setting him up as the scapegoat to gain control of MILLC by the appointment of a receiver. This was shrewdly followed by wiping out its debt obligations, including $10 million of loans and loan guarantees owed to Semas and foreclosing on MILLC members equity by acquiring its assets for pennies on the dollar, without a business valuation or advertising the business for sale! Gross misrepresentations were made to Judge Gibbons.

Proctor Phony Receivers Report June 13, 2013

Semas Response To Judge Gibbons June 25, 2013

Proctor Response To Semas Report June 27, 2013

20. Defamatory Allegations Versus Actual Facts 

The further abuse of the legal process continued when, seven days before the Meilings were to stop using the Metalast name, Chemeon filed the baseless 294 lawsuit against Semas and his family. Not being satisfied, they filed another frivolous lawsuit in the trademark Trial and Appeal Board or TTAB. This harassment litigation was suspended pending the final outcome of the 294 case. Throughout unsuccessful efforts by their legal team, the Meilings have tried to break the Settlement Agreement, or undermine its intent ever since they agreed to its terms and conditions before Judge Gregg Zive in January 2015, confirmed by Judge Bruce Beesley in March and reaffirmed in December 2015.

LAST PHONY PRESS RELEASE: In an effort to double-down on inaccurate statements in previous press releases that appear to be designed to mislead end-users and specifying manufacturers, on December 19, 2018 Chemeon issued another fake press release. This self-serving announcement was based on misrepresentations of court rulings in the 294 case that were never issued. The press release falsely claimed; "the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has issued a good number of rulings, including that it can recite its product's former association with the term Metalast". What does a "good number" of rulings mean? This sentence is absurd because no such ruling was ever made. For years their public statements have defamed Semas with baseless allegations and gross misrepresentations.

The December 2018 sham announcement also used carefully crafted words like "whose assets, including its goodwill, were, purchased by Chemeon on November 4, 2013." The Meilings did not purchase the business of MILLC, only its assets. As Judge Du determined on the record and contrary to their misrepresentations this did not include Metalast ®trademarks and therefore they did not own its history. Chemeon is not formerly Metalast because Metalast®, Inc. exists today and is owned by Semas. Further, Chemeon did not acquire the trademarks as they were never owned by MILLC. The Meilings know this preposterous line of reasoning was rendered moot. Under the unambiguous terms of the Judge Zive and Judge Beesley settlement agreement in March of 2015 the Meilings and their business entities were prohibited from using the Metalast name, trademark or brand "in any fashion or manner whatsoever" in commerce  by  June 10, 2015.

This self-serving press release refers to cooperative stipulations, together with obsolete court rulings that have little, if any bearing on the use of the term "formerly Metalast." Their carefully-crafted spin; "Chemeon has achieved yet other substantial victories in that pending litigation," refers to irrelevant trademarks abandoned by Semas many years earlier. Another example of Chemeon's calculated  disinformation campaign, which is truly delusional.

RECENT COURT ORDERS DENIAL - On the Chemeon website and in deceptive press releases the Meilings refer to a few affirmative court rulings from as if these stale rulings, general statements by the court and irrelevant stipulations are somehow "substantial victories." Court orders and transcripts, as recent as September 2019 in the form of PDF documents and also accessible below prove on April 18, 2018 the Nevada federal court (294 lawsuit) denied all of fifteen (15) Chemeon motions for Partial Summary Judgment (PSJ) and not surprisingly granted all twelve (12) motions for PSJ to Defendant David Semas.

On February 26, 2019 Judge Du ruled in favor of Greg Semas and the Semas family by reaffirming her previous court orders dismissing all outstanding claims as well as denying Chemeon's attempt to cancel one of the Metalast® trademarks. The order stated, "It is further ordered that Plaintiff’s claim against David Semas seeking cancellation of the Metalast trademark having registration No. 2963106 (ECF No. 348 at 41-43) is dismissed because Plaintiff lacks standing to bring it. It is further ordered that Plaintiff’s motion for leave to file a supplement to its supplemental brief (ECF No. 451) IS DENIED."

In contradiction to false statements, gross misrepresentations, and lies on the Chemeon website about the litigation status, Defendants Metalast, Semas et al. have run the table on nearly all bogus claims by Plaintiff, Chemeon and the Meilings. As of this date the listing below shows the results of Chemeon's baseless causes of action and PSJ motions denied or dismissed by the Nevada Federal court (294 case). This does not include the other twenty-nine (29) PSJ motions GRANTED TO Semas, Metalast® Inc., Metalast® International, Inc., Sierra Dorado Inc. and Defense Summary Judgments in favor of his daughter Wendi Semas and son Greg Semas. The Meilings boastful claim they are winning the protracted litigation is not rational.

  1. Misappropriation of Trade Secrets - PLAINTIFF'S (Chemeon/Meilings) MOTION - DENIED

  2. Cancellation of Metalast Registration - DISMISSED With Prejudice (W/P)

  3. Cancellation of the Logo Trademarks - DENIED

  4. Common Law Trademark Infringement - DENIED

  5. Copyright Infringement - DENIED FEB 23, 2021

  6. Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage - DENIED

  7. Unfair Competition - DENIED

  8. Statutory Deceptive Trade Practices/Consumer Fraud - DENIED

  9. Unjust Enrichment - DENIED

  10. Breach of Fiduciary Duty - DENIED

  11. Breach of Operating Agreement - DENIED

  12. Contractual Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing - DENIED

  13. Tortuous Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing - DENIED

  14. Conversion - DENIED

  15. Civil Conspiracy - DENIED

  16. Breach of Contract-Employment Agreement - DENIED

  17. Counterclaim For Trademark Dilution - DISMISSED (W/P)

  18. Counterclaim For Trademark Infringement - DISMISSED (W/P)

  19. Counterclaim For Trademark Infringement  and Unfair Competition - DISMISSED (W/P)

  20. Counterclaim For Dilution Under State Law - DISMISSED (W/P)

  21. Appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court - DENIED JUN 2, 2022

  22. District Court Cancellation of trademark - DENIED FEB 3, 2023 AND CASE CLOSED

  23. Appeal to the Ninth Circuit on single and final cancellation claim - DENIED MAY 1, 2024

  24. Chemeon v, Semas 294 lawsuit  - CASE CLOSED WITH ALL APPEALS DENIED

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For the Meilings and their legal counsel to boast about "substantial victories" is beyond belief. After six years of falsely claiming the U.S. District Court had granted them "In Essence" a Summary Judgment on using the Metalast name THE REAL TRUTH CAME TO LIGHT.  During this protracted bogus litigation the Court found in favor of Semas and on February 23, 2021 closed the 294 case.

Fortunately, now the actual truth is no longer hidden behind thousands of pages of irrelevant exhibits the Meiling's legal team submitted in their attempt to further obfuscate and confuse the court. The Chemeon v. Metalast 294 lawsuit is no longer a case of "he said" versus "she said."  After the most recent rulings against the Meilings by the Supreme Court on 10/21/2019 and the Ninth Judicial District Court in July and September 2019 one would think the humiliating win-loss record might embarrassing. It wouldn't be a surprise if Chemeon continued to mislead their distributors and the metal finishing industry. Their bait and switch techniques, cherry picking and misrepresenting excerpts from court hearings have nothing to do with the lawful ownership of the Metalast® trademark, nor their phony mismanagement narrative, which was the basis for the takeover in the first place.

21. Metalast Members Pending Class Action Lawsuit

Chemeon's and the Meilings clever deception became obvious during the six year Chemeon v. Metalast litigation discovery (294 case). These methods  were used to delay and inundate the court with meaningless exhibits. These calculated legal maneuvers and self-serving rhetoric has already been deployed in the pending $90 million Class Action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of nearly 1,000 MILLC members is also before Judge Du of the Nevada federal court. The lawsuit alleging fraud and conspiracy to defraud the MILLC members was filed against Defendants Dean and Madylon Meiling, their former attorney Jan Chubb and alleged co-conspirator and former court appointed receiver, CPA James Proctor referred to as the 572 case.

MILLC MI94, LLC Class Action 572 Lawsuit Against Dean and Madylon Meiling et al. October 3, 2016

Not surprisingly, the Meiling's attempted to circumvent the 572 lawsuit before the Federal court by filing a motion with the Ninth Judicial District Court of Douglas County, NV or State court. However, the court refused to intervene and denied the Meiling's appeals. Shortly thereafter they appealed the State court ruling to the Supreme Court of Nevada, who summarily dismissed the baseless appeal. On July 24th, September 3rd and October 21, 2019 the Supreme Court affirmed the State court's DENIAL of the Meiling's last ditch effort for a preliminary injunction.

22. Trademark Fraudulent USPTO Filing

During the 294 case emails were uncovered during discovery that confirmed on June 17, 2013 "someone", one of the alleged co-conspirators, yet to be named prepared and then filed a fraudulent document with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This was a deceitful attempt to hijack the legal ownership of the Metalast® trademarks by falsely claiming they were collateral for a loan made by the Meilings to MILLC in December of 2009. In deposition testimony the Meiling's, their hand-picked receiver, Proctor and Chemeon employee's seem to have a convenient memory lapse as to who prepared the fraudulent "Exhibit B" with a listing of Semas owned trademarks. The scheme was foiled when the USPTO denied the application a year later. Shortly after that pointless exercise the Meilings filed an absurd lawsuit in the bankruptcy court falsely alleging Semas had fraudulently conveyed trademarks he had always owned since first issued by the USPTO.

In addition to the Metalast® trademarks being held by Semas since first put into commerce in 1993, the refusal of the USPTO to grant ownership to the Meilings was likely because the fabricated Exhibit B contained a trademark dated December 2012. This was three years after the original promissory note was signed by Semas as MILLC manager. How does a 2012 USPTO trademark registration become collateral shown as an exhibit to a 2009 loan and security agreement? Another example of highly unethical, if not illegal tactics.

Tiffany Schwartz Fraudulent USPTO Filing June 18, 2013

USPTO Denial of Fraudulent Registration June 25, 2014

USPTO Metalast Trademark Registered #4128211

Emails below show beginning in March of 2013, Semas and Dean Meiling were in the midst of negotiating for a $3 million investment into MILLC. As it turns out this elaborate ruse was meant to trick Semas into admitting the business couldn't make payroll without a capital infusion so the Meilings could petition the court to appoint a receiver. If Semas was convinced Meiling would further invest, as he had many times prior he would likely stop seeking capital from other members or outside investors.  It later became obvious the entire scam was deceivingly designed to accelerate the June 30, 2013 due date of the Meiling promissory note and discredit Semas. This provided the impetus to remove him as Manager and have a receiver appointed by the court to gain control of MILLC assets from the unsuspecting, innocent, and in many cases elderly MILLC Members for pennies on the dollar.

Dean Meiling Retain  Representation Email April 5, 2013

Dean Meiling Thanks How Much For Payroll? July 9, 2013

CHEMEON CREDIBILITY: The ongoing manipulation of the courts and false narrative of Semas' wrongdoing becomes more obvious as facts come to light and the truth slowly surfaces. The consistent distortion of the truth and gross misrepresentations contained in Chemeon press releases and the absurd claim that a federal judge would "IN ESSENCE" issue a summary judgment should provide convincing evidence as to the less than forthright tendencies and cavalier attitude of this group. After the five year costly legal battle, in February of 2019 the Nevada federal court (294 case) finally ruled on nearly all causes of action in favor of Semas and his family. In spite of that reality, the Meilings cling to their false narrative trying to convince their U.S. Navy licensor, manufacturers, distributors and customers otherwise.

If these facts are not enough to persuade, the illegal USPTO filing and timely case of selective amnesia by the Meilings and others, as to who fabricated the self-incriminating document should give pause as to the credibility, or lack thereof of the aforementioned individuals and their company. This was not an accident or a clerical error, but rather an intentional act to provide a phony document to the USPTO specifically designed to defraud Semas, the rightful owner of the Metalast® trademark. "Someone" prepared an entirely fabricated document falsely presented as collateral and security for a loan agreement signed three years prior. Why is no one admitting to its fabrication?

This fake document, together with the application information was filed with the USPTO by the Meiling's law firm. The action was simply a failed attempt to commandeer property of another trying to deceive the USPTO so they would have unwittingly issued the Metalast® trademarks in the name of the Meilings.

CHEMEON CLAIMS ARE OBVIOUSLY FALSE: Common sense would dictate if Chemeon's claims were true, meaning their distributors had the right to use "formerly Metalast", or "formerly known as Metalast" there would have been no need for the trial on the Semas counter claim against the Meilings for Breach of Contract in the 294 case. After many years of litigious brinkmanship, the plain language of the settlement agreement as mediated by Judge Zive and approved by Judge Beesley should be upheld. The courts have time and time again ruled the use of the Metalast® trademark and name, in commerce is an, "absolute prohibition" and it can not be used "in any fashion or manner whatsoever."  If the Meilings wanted the trademark they should have bought it, but instead they tried to hijack it as was done in the sham MILLC asset sale in 2013.

CHEMEON FALSELY CLAIMS TRADEMARKS WERE INCLUDED IN MILLC ASSET PURCHASE WAS WISHFUL THINKING AT BEST AND A CONTRIVED THEFT AT WORSE: Chemeon is quick to point out the MILLC asset sale was approved by the presiding judge and boldly waves around the October and December 2013 Nevada State court order and sale approval. The problem is Metalast® trademarks were always owned by Semas and never owned by MILLC in the first place. Under the law the court had no jurisdiction or authority to approve the sale of an asset not owned by MILLC.

Pursuant to the MILLC Operating Agreement Dean Meiling had an undivided loyalty to all other members and failed to act in "good faith." Emails uncovered during discovery confirm communications were ongoing between Meiling, Chubb and Proctor prior to him being appointed as receiver. The evidence establishes a conspiracy existed to remove Semas as Manager weeks before the initial court hearing. The 572, 339 and 5126 Complaints all allege Meiling breached the Operating Agreement and engaged in a fraudulent scheme to convert and transfer assets of MILLC to himself.

The alleged contrived asset sale was held without proper notice to the MILLC Members a business valuation or advertising the asset sale. This was done without soliciting an offer from its multi-billion dollar partner, Chemetall or any industry competitor. Not surprisingly, Meiling was the sole credit bidder for five cents on the dollar. This action wiped out the MILLC members $90 million of equity, hence the impetus for the pending MILLC Member lawsuits.

MILLC Operating Agreement

TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT: Chemeon, its partners, manufacturers and distributors have no legal authority to use the historical reference "formerly Metalast", or "formerly known at Metalast", or to make a false designation of origin, or a false and misleading description of fact. Chemeon is not "formerly Metalast" as Metalast®, Inc. exists today and is in "Good Standing" with the State of Nevada. The Courts denial of the Motion To Dismiss on June 6, 2019 in the pending 125 lawsuit indicates trademark infringement is ongoing by Chemeon, its manufacturers and distributors by false claiming their products are "formerly Metalast." Why did Chemeon issue a Press Release telling its distributors they could?

Nevada Certificate of Good Standing February 1, 2022

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The Meilings ridiculous argument is based on the First Amendment Right of Free Speech and their misguided Kassbaum v. Steppenwolf Productions case law theory as it relates to the terms of the settlement agreement. In Steppenwolf, a former band member, Kassbaum stated a historical fact of his employment, by publicizing he was previously a member of the Steppenwolf band. Unlike the Meilings Kassbbaum was not claiming "TO BE" Steppenwolf," only that he was a former band member. In this case the Meilings are claiming a "FOR PROFIT - IN COMMERCE" use and that they were Metalast and changed their name.

DEFAMATORY ALLEGATIONS VERSUS ACTUAL FACTS: Statements made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), creditors, employees, MILLC Members, the Courts and others were based on false allegations. Chemeon has never provided a scintilla of evidence establishing David Semas was guilty of self-dealing, nor that he had misappropriated millions of dollars from the business. The Proctor Report is a cover-your-ass document and its assumptions are absurd.

The whistleblowing co-conspirators behind these pack of lies and launching the IRS and SEC investigations are nowhere to be found. Sadly, one took his life and another one surrendered his NASD, now FINRA Series 7 license to practice. The last of the trio was an employee was fired for embezzling $125,000 from MILLC back in 1995.  He swore a personal vendetta against the Semas family. One whistleblower was so deranged and upset when he heard the SEC was dropping their investigation he called in a bomb threat to the Metalast Tech Center as confirmed by the Douglas County Sheriff report. Both baseless witch-hunts were concluded unceremoniously with no action of any kind taken by either federal criminal investigation agency.

Douglas County Sheriff Dept. Bomb Threat Report August 24, 2010

Metalast Kelson Manatt to Deranged Ken Email September 15, 2009

Confidential Informant Letter About Deranged Ken October 19, 2009

On August 30, 2010, at the conclusion of the unwarranted 16-month forensic audit and investigation stemming from false allegations by the disgruntled former MILLC employees, the SEC found no actionable evidence of any type of wrongdoing or improper use of funds.  Unlike the vast majority of formal SEC investigations that result in stiff fines, penalties or criminal prosecution against bad actors the unjustified SEC investigation of David Semas concluded without an enforcement action, fines or penalties. Accounting Assistant for all payables at MILLC Allison Young's letter to the SEC speaks for itself.

SEC Termination Letter August 30, 2010

Allison Young SEC Letter August 31, 2009

In 2018 the SEC brought 821 enforcement actions and returned $794 million to harmed investors, while also obtaining judgments totaling more than $4 billion in disgorgement and penalties. So we are to believe that the James Proctor two person office CPA firm on the Meiling payroll uncovered evidence of wrongdoing and self-dealing after a minor review of financial statements when after 16-months a highly skilled team of SEC investigators, with subpoena power didn't? 

Additionally, MILLC books and records, and even his own personal bank records prove Semas legally sold his PERSONAL shares (not MILLC Treasury Shares) beginning five years after the formation of the company and ending more than five years prior to his removal as Manager in April of 2013.

Egregiously, in 1999 it was Dean Meiling that bought the personal shares of Semas for $1.2 million, who apparently didn't think this was an issue of self-dealing for the manager to sell his personal asset at the time. In an effort to protect the members Semas lent millions of dollars to the company, guaranteed millions more in loans and went without a paycheck for four years. Semas unselfishly reinvested every dollar back into the business causing him to lose $10 million dollars, while sadly the MILLC members lost $90 million in the shrewd and malicious alleged Meiling takeover scheme. The allegation that Semas was "self-dealing" by merely selling his personal shares five years prior to his removal is absurd. The latest outlandish crafted narrative (LIE) is that the Semas family received $56 million in salaries, when the actual number is more like $5 million over an 18-year period.

David Semas Net Paychecks 1996 - 2009

David Semas Loans To MILLC Partial List 2009 - 2013

Another example is the shameful scam was Wendi Semas embezzled $30,000 of MILLC funds. Books and records prove in March 2013 she unselfishly put two months of employee health insurance payments on her personal credit card and was merely reimbursed.  

 

Then, the Meiling's legal team concocted a ridiculous theory that alleged Wendi misappropriated $1,800 each year by paying minor legal costs and filing fees to maintain the Semas owned trademark. This was a provision of the trademark license agreement with MILLC. Under a typical 10% royalty on Metalast® sales that, according to so called "Expert Witness" James Proctor totaled $18,100,000 by the end of 2012, Semas would have received $1,810,000 in royalty payments. Instead, MILLC simply paid minor filing fees and legal expense to maintain the Metalast® trademark, which at $2,500 annually was less than the company's modest janitorial bill.

 

In his biased January 27, 2017 "Expert Witness Spin Report," paid for by the Meilings the Jim Proctor claimed; "That at least Semas, (Wendi) Semas-Fauria, and Greg Semas breached fiduciary duties by, including but not limited to, spending Metalast International’s (MILLC) funds on property, such as trademark registrations, that were owned or to be owned by MII, or Semas; and improperly paying excessive perquisite benefits, large travel and entertainment expenses, and reimbursements to themselves and others with MILLC funds. 

 

Now let's examine his grossly exaggerated and misleading statement. FACT, the Metalast® trademark was owned by Semas when it was first put into commerce in January of 1993. Then it was owned by Semas' Metalast® International, Inc. (MII") in May of 1994, seven months before MILLC was ever formed. Proctor and the Meilings have falsely claimed that Semas hid the fact the Metalast® trademark was owned by his MII company and not MILLC. Another absurd and "Spin" allegation. The SEC found the lawful ownership of the trademark was fully disclosed over a 12-year period in fourty-five Metalast News Report publications from 1997 until 2009.  

 

Proctor's preposterous statement that Semas and his family breached their fiduciary by using MILLC funds to maintain the trademark, something the license agreement required is ridiculous. Proctor continues his "hit-piece" and self-serving report by falsely claiming, as manager Semas received excessive benefits, paid large T&E expenses, and improperly made reimbursements to Semas, family members and others with MILLC funds. Nowhere in his phony report does Proctor inform the Court or the reader that Semas directly lent $3 million and guaranteed $5 million more in loans to MILLC,  nor went without a paycheck for in excess of four years. 

 

Proctor claims at $4 million Travel and Entertainment business expenses were excessive. By dividing $4 million over 19-years of business annual T&E expense was $210,000. The corporate office T&E budget was about $60,000 annually or a modest $5,000 per month for executive business.  With eight full-time regional sales managers in the field their monthly total was about $1,600 each. Typically this represented about ten days a month, with lodging at $100.00 per day or a $1,000 per month plus a modest $60.00 daily per diem for breakfast,  lunch and dinner. Does any of this sound excessive?

 

Next, Proctor points to an advertising and marketing expense of $3 million since 1995 or $157,000 annually. Each year the "SUR/FIN" trade show was $50,000 and six regional trade shows totaled $48,000. Trade publications and other forms of advertising were $5,000 per month. Next receiver Proctor lists $8 million was spent on "Professional Fees", as though Semas foolishly, or perhaps scandalously spent money on advisors and consultants. When, from 1995 to 2010 $7.2 million of $90 million was paid to NASD Broker Dealers. A typical fee structure for access to investor capital via private placement offerings. More bought and paid for desperate smear tactics meant to discredit David Semas and his family with intentional misrepresentations arriving at phony conclusions.   

 

The self-righteous Proctor points to what he believes is another smoking gun. After his so called non-forensic analysis he claims; "The extra or excess expenses are not prudent in a company that had severe financial restraints." This naive observation comes from a small Reno bean counter with zero experience in the chemical industry. His next brainless observation was that Semas provided auto allowances to certain executives he referenced, not mentioning also to the traveling salesman in the field. Really, auto allowances? Proctor fails to divulge executives that received auto allowances had deferred their paycheck countless times and most hadn't received a pay increase ranging from three to five years.

 

Receiver Proctor glosses over the fact that from 1995 - 2012 total payroll related costs were nearly $60 million of the $90 million raised and invested in the business. In other words two thirds of the capital raised was spent on salaries and human capital. From January of 1995 until April of 2013 Semas received $2,650,000 Gross salary compensation and business expenses or less than three percent (3%) of investor capital or $147,000 per year ($107,000 in salary and $40,000 average of business expenses). The report doesn't address provisions in the MILLC Operating Agreement. 11.1 Management states, "The business of the Company shall be conducted under the exclusive management of the Manager. The Manager shall have full, exclusive and complete authority to act for the Company in all matters." All expenditures were made in a fiscally responsible manner. Stop the nonsense and prove otherwise.

To bolster the false Meiling narrative and baseless allegations made over the years former receiver Proctor attempted to shift blame to the Semas family. In his pseudo report supporting the Meiling smear campaign he commits more defamation against the Semas family by stating; "The actions of Semas, Semas-Fauria, and Greg were intentional, malicious, oppressive, and done in reckless disregard of the consequences to Chemeon (the Meilings)." 

"Done in reckless disregard of the consequences to Chemeon." That statement is beyond the pale and arrogant.  Even though they ended up with all the assets of MILLC, the Meilings continue to try and play the victim. It was the MILLC Members that had their property confiscated who were unethically cheated out of their rightful ownership that lost $90 million through this ruthless takeover scheme, not the Meilings. It would be naive and gullible to believe otherwise!

Metalast News Report 1997

Metalast News Report 2009

Trademark License August 12, 1996

After trashing the reputation of the Semas family Proctor has the audacity and unmitigated gall to finish his Meiling sponsored "hit-piece" with this CYA paragraph; "The facts and conclusions in this report are based on the documents and information received in this case to date. I reserve the right to supplement and amend this report if additional and more complete information becomes available, which could change the conclusion and information in this report. I therefore reserve the right to change my report and testimony."

Proctor believes he is free to destroy a person's name, integrity and reputation and then change his uninformed analysis when new evidence comes to light. In court testimony Proctor points to $21 million in MILLC debt, when $10 million was owed to Semas and $9.5 million to Meiling, of which at 18% annually compounded $6 million was interest. MILLC only had $1.5 million of payables and short term debt. Conveniently, Proctor hid the fact and failed to inform the Court that manager Semas successfully negotiated a conversion to equity of $18 million of MILLC debt a few years prior.

U.S. District Court Denies Motion To Stay Lawsuit and Proctors Motion For Imunity

Josh Billings - quote-there-are-people-s

After false statements told by Deranged Ken and others to the court, the SEC, MILLC members and employees where's the million dollar bonuses, corporate jet or luxury Hawaii condo? What happened to uncovering millions of dollars allegedly misappropriated? What about the lie Semas was never a Santa Clara County Planning Commissioner, or that he was never a divisional Executive Vice President of Shearson/American Express? T&E expenses, lunches, car allowances and professional fees? Where's the hard evidence that validates the bought and paid for Proctor report?

The lies told by the co-conspirators shift like an Alaskan weather front. When historical facts don't support their false narrative they merely reinvent a new story that fits their phony allegations. First, Semas fraudulently conveyed the trademark from MILLC to himself. Then it was Exhibit B listing the Metalast® trademarks was originally part of the security for the Meiling loan. 

 

Meiling claimed the document went missing after Semas executed the Loan Agreement, insinuating he must have removed Exhibit B from the signatory originals. This lie was exposed after Meiling's attorney confirmed there was never an Exhibit B attached. Also, how could a 2012 USPTO registration be a part of a 2009 agreement? Then, during Meiling's deposition testimony he denied negotiating for further investment in MILLC or that he was running the business during the receivership, but his 27 emails prove otherwise. In contradiction the Semas version (truth) of events hasn't changed in 9-years.

Dr. Alp Manavbasi Metalast Technical Director June 29, 2019

AZ Quote Mark Twain Speak the Truth.jpeg

This was a nasty smear campaign designed to misinform and lie to employees, lenders and creditors so as to win over their trust and loyalty. MILLC members, partners and distributors were told the same pack of lies.  In order to gain control of MILLC it was necessary to discredit and destroy the reputation of Semas. Former VP Technical Director for MILLC, Dr. Alp Manavbasi, one of the most respected names in the industry, who quit Chemeon tells a more accurate representation of the truth.

 

The best way to achieve that objective was by making trumped up charges and false claims of improprieties and wrongdoing by Semas, his daughter and son.  Employees and others were told how Semas ran the company into the ground and he was guilty of self-dealing and malfeasance. Yet, miraculously MILLC was turned around in a matter of months by a naive and ruthless trio of neophytes in the metal finishing and chemical industry? It appears the takeover scam was about playing a victim, claim you are entitled to all the assets of the business, take credit for its success and then "deny everything. "

Chemeon Defamatory Website

AZ Quote Prescott Bush - Claim Everythin

These fairy tale stories, or in common vernacular lies were a part of an elaborate takeover scheme to steal a business from its founder and its members, the rightful owners of MILLC and give it to Madylon Meiling. Semas always acted as a proper fiduciary and MILLC Members capital was prudently invested in salaries and operations, including a decade of tedious R&D, testing, formation of strategic alliances and partnerships, marketing and branding. Every dollar was spent and accounted for in a fiscally responsible manner. Starting in 1993 the respected Metalast® brand and its products were meticulously branded, that is until Semas was removed as manager of MILLC and these callous individuals did their very best to destroy the good will and reputation the Semas team had spent two decades establishing.

Attorney Jan Chubb and Receiver Proctor told the Court the business was insolvent and had no value, without having access to the financial records. Any objective analysis would simply ask how many of Chemeon's partners, manufacturers, distributors and business relationships today were in place in April 2013, prior to the removal of Semas? NEARLY ALL.

23. Facts Don't Lie, but Some People Do

Of those licensing, partnership and business relationships that likely produce upwards of 90% of Chemeon's revenues, almost all were originated by Semas and his team of experienced industry professionals. The major strategic alliances, business relationships, R&D Partnerships and licensing agreements with the U.S. Navy, Pratt & Whitney, Chemetall US, toll blender QualiChem, SIC Technologies and branches of the Department of Defense and nearly all distribution agreements were negotiated by either Semas or his executive staff. 

Chubb Email Stop Telling No Value August 6, 2013

Most manufacturing specifications and approvals and nearly every meaningful chemical Chemeon now offers were developed by the Semas led technical team. The tech center building, laboratory, classroom, products and technical services were the vision of Semas. The three year long award-winning T-REX mobile marketing campaign was the brainchild of Semas and his son Greg who was responsible for its tremendous success holding about 1,200 two hour long seminars for more than 10,000 engineering professionals at some 450 of the largest corporations in America. The T-REX team produced many major manufacturer specifications and approvals for Metalast® TCP-HF, which are still called out as of this date.

24. Before Judge Gibbons in 2013 Why Did Receiver Proctor​

  • Fail to tell the Court had Semas not lent and guaranteed millions in loans to MILLC it would have failed in 2009?

  • Withhold that in the previous two years Semas reduced monthly burn rate from $400,000 to less than $100,000?

  • Tell Judge Gibbons MILLC had no chance of ever making a profit in the foreseeable future?

  • Fail to disclose, although not yet profitable MILLC revenues in 2012 Fiscal were $2,650,000?

  • With $100,000 per month cash flow not logically file MILLC for Chapter 11 reorganization protection?

  • State that the asset sale offering was open to prospective buyers, but never market or advertise anywhere?

  • Suggest no qualified bid had been received, but not disclose no one prospect was ever contacted?

  • Untruthfully represent MILLC  had no value with little future prospects of any kind?

  • Claim no value when there was substantive value in licenses, contracts, specifications and IP?

  • Say Dean Meiling was the largest creditor, when in fact at $10 million Semas was the largest creditor?

  • Falsely claim Meiling was not running MILLC, yet 27 emails prove otherwise?

  • Tell the court he only relied on Meiling's executive expertise...in the chemical business - - what expertise?

  • Untruthfully state Meiling only wanted investment back when the plan was to buy assets all along?

  • Now suggest, the Meilings miraculously turned the business enterprise around in a matter of months?

 

The 294 case is over and only awaiting the Meiling's Ninth Circuit Court appeal scheduled for May 2022. The odds of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturning Judge Baldwin's 43-page Ruling and Findings of Fact is negligible at best. This is the Meilings desperate Hail Mary and last ditch effort to save face.  Should they lose their appeal it is very likely Chemetall (BASF) and their distributors will file lawsuits for inducing them to use the Metalast trademark. The trademark was always owned by either MII or David Semas, not Chemeon. The legal argument Semas committed a fraud when he lawfully filed for a trademark renewal on a mark he's owned since 1993 is preposterous. During the June 6, 2019 hearing the Court noted even Chemeon's copyright claim was filed long after the litigation commenced. Another shameless act of deception by the Meiling's legal team.

If one merely takes the time to read the most recent court rulings, including the three time denial for a rehearing by the Nevada Supreme Court, the attached exhibits and Historical Timeline and Summary bring the picture into focus. Common sense would dictate if one wanted business that badly they should have had it valued and made a fair offer to the MILLC members. Now, in the light of day it becomes abundantly clear as to who was telling the truth all along and who are the compulsive liars and con artists.

572 Case
294 Case
Elderly Abuse
MILLC License
Dean Emails
David Paychecks
Allison Letter
Proctor Report

25. METALAST Historical Timeline Summary Milestone Events From 1993 to 2019

Metalast International, Inc. Corporate Charter and Articles May 16, 1994

  • Jan 1993 - David Semas ("Semas") formed Metalast USA and put the brand "METALAST" in commerce

  • May 1994 - Semas incorporated Metalast International, Inc. ("MII") and was testing with 100 companies

  • Dec - Semas formed Metalast International, LLC ("MILLC") entity over seven months after MII

  • Sep 1997- MILLC Private Placement Offering Memorandums raised first round of approximately $25M

  • Nov - USPTO granted Metalast® a registered trademark to the lawful owners, MII and Semas

  • Jan 1998-2009 - Fifty-five News Reports confirmed trademarks were owned by MII

  • Jul-Dec 1999- Dean Meiling ("Meiling") acquired $1.2M of the personal shares of MILLC owned by Semas

  • 2000-2009 - Meiling invested $3M in MILLC and successfully negotiated with Semas over 10-years

  • 2001 to date - Manager Semas formed private label manufacturing alliance for 100 chemical products

  • 2001 to 2007 - Metalast specified by Visteon Automotive for two million Grand Jeep Cherokee driveshafts

  • 2002 - Metalast® AA-100 anodizing chemical specified by United States Naval Air Depot at Jacksonville

  • 2004 to date - Naval Air Systems Command licensed Metalast® for green replacement to Hex Chromate

  • 2004 to 2008 - T-REX mobile marketing educated 10,000 engineers and received over 80 specifications

  • 2006 to date - Semas formed Chemetall (BASF) partnership - MILLC received 45% of GROSS SALES

  • 2006 to date - Metalast TCP-HF received prestigious QPL certification, requirement of DoD/Aviation

  • Jan 2009 - U.S. Air Force awarded an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant on Hex Chrome

  • Feb - Manager Semas formed a QPL approved toll blending alliance for its TCP-HF line of products

  • June - Unwarranted SEC investigation launched by dishonest former employees and unnamed others

  • Nov - With SEC underway Semas stopped  paycheck and began loaning over $2.5M 

  • Dec - Meiling attorney email with MILLC execution loan documents prove Exhibit B never existed

  • Jul 2010 -Deranged Ken calls in bomb threat to waitress at Carson City restaurant

  • Aug - SEC investigation concluded without any fines, penalties or sanctions to Semas  

  • 2010 - 2013 - As had been the case since 1999, Semas struggled to make payroll on countless occasions

  • Jan 2013 - Semas and Dean Meiling began discussions about major MILLC capital investment

  • Mar - Semas showed good faith and personally guaranteed $200,000 Meiling loan to MILLC 

  • Mar/April - Emails clearly established the hostile removal of Semas as Manager was well underway

  • Apr 1st - Negotiations began for further $3 million capital investment by Meiling into MILLC

  • Apr 5th- Meiling email confirmed he had "retained representation regarding investment"

  • Apr 8th - Semas email outlined $3 million and Meiling responded with, "will discuss with Madylon"

  • Apr 9th - Documents show Meiling set up Semas by cleverly asking "how much is needed for payroll"

  • Apr 15th - Evidence shows Meiling continued the charade again asking "how much for payroll"

  • Apr 16th - Meiling attorney Leslie confirmed no Exhibit B existed, thus trademarks weren't collateral 

  • Apr 16th - Court hearing to remove Semas falsely claimed self-dealing and contrived payroll scam

  • Apr 25th - Gross misrepresentations, false statements and omission of material facts before Court

  • Jun 13th - Alleged co-conspirator receiver Proctor submitted a self-serving First Status Report to Judge

  • Jun 17th - Someone fabricated Exhibit B and submitted the fraudulent doc to USPTO 

  • Jun 25th - Semas submitted opposition brief to Court.  Meiling's counsel unsuccessfully tried to silence

  • July 1st - Judge Gibbons was told Meiling was not running company and only assisted receiver

  • May-Oct - Numerous emails establish Meiling was running company 3-4 days a week, without receiver

  • Aug 6th - Chubb warned Meiling, "I don't think we should be telling people there is no value"

  • Oct - Proctor submitted bid procedures not informing Court there was no valuation or sale advertising 

  • Oct - Judge inquired if any interested buyers, Proctor replied "No", even though bidder weren't contacted

  • Oct - Judge asked Proctor given 6-months could company turn around, answer "No" it was hopeless

  • Oct - Meiling had only funded a paltry $380K over 7-months and MILLC cashflow was near breakeven

  • Nov - Sham sale,without valuation, advertising and false claim of trademark ownership

  • Jun 2014 - Meiling filed baseless lawsuit falsely claiming Semas fraudulent conveyed trademarks

  • Jan 2015 - Settlement conference resulted in agreement for Meilings to stop using name by June 10, 2015

  • Feb - Chubb unsuccessfully tried to unwind settlement, but Judge Zive rebuked

  • Mar - Judge Beesley approved settlement Meilings stop "in any fashion or manner whatsoever" by June 10th

  • Jun - Versus honoring agreement Meilings sued Semas in U.S. District Court 6-days prior to deadline

  • Jul - The Meilings continue their their  defamatory smear campaign in Products Finishing

  • Dec - Judge Beesley reaffirmed settlement agreement, stated use of Metalast name "absolute prohibition"

  • Nov 2016 - Meilings also filed lawsuit with TTAB trying to cancel one of four Semas trademarks

  • Nov - Alexander v. Meiling $90M lawsuit filed by 900 MILLC members in U.S. District Court ("USDC")

  • May 2017 - TTAB suspended Metalast trademark cancellation lawsuit pending a ruling from the USDC

  • May - Chemeon issued press release claiming Judge Du "In Essence" granted MSJ 

  • Apr 2018 - USDC ruled in favor of Semas and against Chemeon on nearly motions - Denied

  • May - USDC ruled against Chemeon in favor of Wendi Semas on all motions - Denied

  • May - Again, Chemeon issued "In Essense" fake press release granting MSJ

  • Nov - A Trademark  Infringement lawsuit was filed against Chemeon distributors in Semas v. Chemetall

  • Dec - Chemeon issues fake press release boasting USDC approved use Metalast name

  • Jan 2019 - USDC ruled against Chemeon seeking cancellation Metalast trademark and motion - Denied

  • Feb - USDC ruled against Chemeon and in favor of Greg Semas and Chemeon's other motions - Denied 

  • Mar - Harris v. Meiling et al Elderly Abuse lawsuit filed against Meilings in California

  • Jun - USDC ruled against Chemeon and it distributors in Semas v. Chemetall - Denied

  • Jun - Harris v. Meiling Elderly Abuse lawsuit transferred to same USDC jurisdiction as Alexander case

  • Jul - Ninth Judicial District Court ("NJDC") ruled against bogus $9.8M Judgment - Denied

  • Jul - Nevada Supreme Court appeal of NJDC ruling in Alexander v. Meiling case - Denied

  • Aug - Defendants NJDC appeal on bogus $9.8M Judgment is pending

  • Aug - The Meilings defame, trash and smear Semas on the Chemeon website

  • Aug - The Meilings publish phony Proctor Expert Witness Report on website

  • Sep- Meiling's request for reconsideration by Nevada Supreme Court on their July ruling - Denied

  • Oct- Magistrate Judge Baldwin grants Chemeon stay in 339 case pending various rulings by Judge Du

  • Oct - For the third time the Nevada Supreme Court ruled against the Meilings for a rehearing - Denied

  • Feb 2020 - A Financial Elderly Abuse lawsuit was filed against the Meilings by fifty-one named Plaintiffs

  • Feb 2021 - Chemeon's claims denied, order to halt use of Metalast name 294 adjudicated and Semas wins

  • May 2022 - Oral arguments scheduled before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco, CA