*Editor's note published Nov. 26, 2013: The original judgement against Feibush was obtained by
default, and the Court of Appeals said in its opinion, "We do not
address the sufficiency of the evidence, or the burden of proof
applicable to recovery of treble damage."
Igal Jonathan Feibush says he's an advocate of "tough love"–rehabilitation of troubled people with strict rules, but the Southern California businessman is getting a taste of his own medicine.
Feibush–who boldly sued Drew Barrymore, VH1 and MTV for allegedly stealing what he claimed was his registered trademark: "ToughLove,"–is, it turns out, a scam artist who didn't have the trademark, according to records at a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana.
Worse for investor Sharon Bell, Feibush used the trademark ownership claim to trick her out of $202,500 by promising he could convert the loan into millions of dollars in profits.
Feibush, a Los Angeles County resident, eventually refused to pay back the money.
An unamused Bell sued in Orange County Superior Court, and won a judgment for the original amount of the loan, interest and a whopping $607,500 in treble damages.
Feibush appealed, claiming that Judge James Di Cesare did not have the legal authority to apply treble damages.
this week, a three-justice panel at the state appellate court upheld the award as justified.
Upshot: Feibush is now on the hook to pay Bell more than $810,000 and the justices also ordered him to reimburse his victim for her legal costs in the appeal.