Former Jackson County commissioner files counter lawsuit

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A former Jackson County commissioner accused in a lawsuit of bilking investors to finance a pot shop has filed a counterclaim.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2mUfNS1) that Doug Breidenthal filed the lawsuit Thursday contending his professional reputation has been damaged.

Breidenthal is seeking about $300,000 plus $24,000 a month in lost profits from Greg Allen, Larry Nelson and Mary Nelson.

Those three in a lawsuit filed last month in Jackson County Circuit Court are seeking a combined $529,000 and contend Breidenthal committed elder abuse and breached fiduciary duty.

Breidenthal says he is unable to find work in the marijuana industry and was fired from one job.

He lost his bid for re-election to the county commission in the primary last year.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/