An Oklahoma City attorney has dropped his lawsuit over Thunder tickets, saying it wasn't worth the pettiness.
Doug Friesen in August asked an Oklahoma County judge to make another fan sell a third of her two season tickets to him. He claimed they had an agreement to split the club-level tickets for three seasons.
The defendant, Oklahoma City accountant Diane Strube, claimed the ticket-sharing agreement was for last season only. She also said all discussions about the tickets had been with Friesen's girlfriend, not Friesen.
The lawsuit quickly resulted in hard feelings.
Strube resented being accused of fraud. Her attorney, John Heatly, told the judge that allegation was made for no other reason than to place Strube in a false light and to damage her.
Friesen resented what was being said about his friend, attorney Lana Cohlmia. He wrote he was dismissing the lawsuit for that reason.
In legal filings, Strube's attorney pointed out that Cohlmia tried to pay for this season's tickets with a check written on her attorney trust account. Strube's attorney claimed such an account would not have included funds from Friesen.
Friesen called that claim “an outright lie.” He told the judge Cohlmia had acted as his agent and that her check for the tickets had involved his funds.
Friesen also told the judge she had followed the rules of professional conduct for an attorney and kept his money separate from her personal funds in her checking account.
In dismissing the case, Friesen complained Strube and her attorney “have insisted on making petty, false and misleading statements against” Cohlmia “in an attempt to falsely place a doubt in the public's mind about her ethics.”
He told the judge his “desire for the Thunder tickets is not worth the pettiness.”
The dismissal was filed Dec. 17.
Strube's attorney said Monday, “We're glad it's over.”