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Tue Jan 20, 2015, 11:47 PM

 

Curiouser and curiouser: Chris Kyle founded Craft International and was its president til he died.

When he left the Navy in 2009, Kyle co-founded Craft International, which provided tactical training to military and law enforcement. After Kyle's death, Craft became embroiled in legal and financial troubles. In 2013, Kyle's wife, Taya, filed suit against Steven Young and Bo French for conspiring to "steal" the company. In September 2014, Taya sued the now-bankrupt company so it would stop using her husband's image to sell merchandise.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/01/20/chris-kyle-american-sniper-fact-sheet/22046493/


After a decade in the military Kyle retired to spend more time with his family and joined other former SEALs to establish Craft International, a security company with the motto "Despite what your momma told you, violence does solve problems." He also helped found Fitco Cares, a foundation providing gyms and fitness equipment to keep soldiers active and providing counselling and medical networks.

http://www.thecraft.com/AboutUs.html

Kyle was president of Craft International, a military and law enforcement training company. In a statement lamenting the slayings, the company identified Littlefield as Kyle's trusted friend and said they died trying to help "a troubled veteran."

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/03/nation/la-na-kyle-killing-20130204

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Reply Curiouser and curiouser: Chris Kyle founded Craft International and was its president til he died. (Original post)
ND-Dem Jan 2015 OP
arely staircase Jan 2015 #1
ND-Dem Jan 2015 #2
VScott Jan 2015 #3
PoliticAverse Jan 2015 #12
tammywammy Jan 2015 #4
ND-Dem Jan 2015 #5
tammywammy Jan 2015 #6
ThoughtCriminal Jan 2015 #7
ND-Dem Jan 2015 #8
tammywammy Jan 2015 #9
villager Jan 2015 #10
Hassin Bin Sober Jan 2015 #11

Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Tue Jan 20, 2015, 11:50 PM

1. mind posting a link to a non glen beck site?

Interesting story but I am not clicking the blaze.

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Response to arely staircase (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:02 AM

2. sure; i didn't even notice that. i'll look for another.

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:17 AM

3. "Wants Craft International to stop using the skull logo her husband designed."

 

WTF?!?

"skull logo her husband designed"?

Does Marvel comics have anything to say about this?

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Response to VScott (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 03:30 AM

12. Indeed his unit adapted their nickname and logo from The Punisher.

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:22 AM

4. the response

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/01/chris-kyles-former-business-partners-say-widow-of-american-sniper-engaged-in-character-assassination.html/

Chris Kyle’s former business partners say widow of ‘American Sniper’ engaged in ‘character assassination’
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Kyle and French now say that’s not what happened, and that as recently as May 2013, Craft International “was running a deficit.” Despite that, they say, Craft’s investors and officers raised $300,000 to help the Kyle family after Chris and Chad Littlefield were shot to death at a Glen Rose gun range. (Their accused killer, Eddie Routh, is set to go to trial in May.)

Young and French say that despite all that, in September Taya demanded, among other things, that Craft “immediately cease using any images or references to Chris Kyle” and “publish a public written statement to the effect that there is no longer any business or personal relationship between Craft” and the Kyles, including Chris. “In short,” Young and French alleges, Taya Kyle “wanted to rewrite history.”

Taya claims she owns 85 percent of Craft, because French and Young refused to buy out her ownership “units” when given the opportunity. But their response to the lawsuit reiterates something French told The Dallas Morning News on December 26: Taya Kyle was never a “member” of Craft, but upon Chris’ death she did have the right to cash out of her husband’s interest in the company. French and Young say she never asked them to make her an offer.

They claim they made her an offer last month, which she refused, and after that she fought efforts to send the claim to a third-party appraiser. French and Young say an appraisal was finished three weeks ago, and that they’re prepared to buy her out at 85 percent of fair market value “as determined by that valuation.” (A figure is not given in the court filing.)
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They've filed for bankruptcy

http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2014/09/15/american-snipers-widow-sues-bankrupt-training-company-he-founded/

American Sniper’s Widow Sues Bankrupt Training Company He Founded

In court papers, lawyers for Taya Kyle said that Craft International LLC continues to use the name of her dead husband—who claimed to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history—without her permission. Ms. Kyle said that she and her children “have the right to control the use of Chris Kyle’s name, likeness and image” after he was killed on Feb. 2, 2013, on a Texas gun range.

Mr. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, was credited with more than 150 “confirmed kills.” His 2012 autobiography became a bestseller.

Merchandise sales at Craft International, which filed for bankruptcy on May 30, soared after his death, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas. Half of the company’s $900,000 in revenue last year came from apparel sales; only 13% of the company’s $655,000 in revenue came from ammunition and apparel in 2012.

The company has pictures of Mr. Kyle “prominently displayed on its website and routinely advertises that [he] was a co-founder,” said Ms. Kyle’s lawsuit, which demands that the company remove the references. Ms. Kyle also wants to be paid an unspecified amount of profit “from [the company’s] unauthorized use” of her husband’s name and image
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Response to tammywammy (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:25 AM

5. 85% of a bankrupt company i think is zero.

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:28 AM

6. according to the WSJ article, if the investors took over the company, her "share" would be cancelled

So, zero is right.

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:33 AM

7. His efforts to "Help" veterans with PTSD

I'm not an expert in this field, but after reading about some of Kyle's crazy stories about shooting civilians from the Superdome, I'm guessing that he may not have been the right resource for mental health advice.

And is a shooting range really the best place for combat PTSD "Treatment" from a guy who's company motto is "Violence does solve problems"? Apparently not.




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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:37 AM

8. 'american psycho' would be a better name for his flick

 

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 12:46 AM

9. She's also suing her attorney

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/08/18/70483.htm

Taya Kyle claims Kirkpatrick was trustee of her family trust and prepared legal documents for her.

"Kirkpatrick breached his agreement with both Chris and Taya Kyle, and was negligent in rendering legal services," the complaint states. "Kirkpatrick also had irreconcilable conflicts of interest, which he did not fully explain or disclose to the Kyles. Neither Chris Kyle nor Taya Kyle were ever informed by Kirkpatrick of these conflicts of interests nor were they asked to waive such conflicts. Kirkpatrick also has failed, and continues to fail, to keep and protect Chris Kyle and Taya Kyle's confidences and secrets pursuant to their attorney-client privileges - which have never been waived."

Kyle claims Kirkpatrick should not have represented her or her husband because his representation was limited by responsibilities to third parties and his own interests.

"Thus, he was not able to consider, recommend, or carry out an appropriate course of action for plaintiffs because of Kirkpatrick's own self-interests and his responsibilities to others," the complaint states. "The plaintiffs were entitled to, and did, place their trust and confidence in Kirkpatrick, and did expect that he would represent them completely and zealously within the bounds of the law, and in accordance with the Canons of Ethics and Disciplinary Rules applicable to attorneys licensed to practice in Texas."

Kyle claims that Kirkpatrick's breach of fiduciary duties to her and her husband cost her "well in excess" of $1 million.

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 03:22 AM

10. Guardian: Is American Sniper historically accurate?

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/jan/20/why-american-snipers-historical-dishonesty-misleads


Just back from seeing this with an audience of Hollywood professionals -- producers, etc., -- who seem mostly taken in by what struck me as fairly shallow, and issue-dodging, war propaganda...

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 21, 2015, 03:28 AM

11. "Violence does solve problems"

Yeah, that didn't work out so well, did it?

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