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Originally published June 13, 2014 at 5:52 PM | Page modified June 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

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Steve Ballmer files motion to dismiss lawsuit

Lawsuit filed last month seeks $3 million from Steve Gordon and Steve Ballmer. The former Microsoft CEO claims he had offered only to consider helping Gordon pay his debts and shouldn’t be included in the suit.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by a retired Seattle scientist who claims the billionaire promised to pay a debt on a friend’s behalf.

Thomas Bukowski last month added Ballmer to a lawsuit he had filed against former Sonics employee Steve Gordon.

The suit claimed that Gordon, known as the “Hat Man,’’ owes Bukowski $3 million on a business deal and that Ballmer had pledged in an email last summer to pay it back, along with a group of other debts.

But Ballmer severed ties with Gordon last July after initially helping him repay one $50,000 debt.

The motion to dismiss the lawsuit states that Bukow­ski’s complaint “alleges nothing more than a promise by Ballmer to consider providing financial assistance to Gordon’’ and is not a claimed agreement to follow through.

According to the motion, Ballmer told Gordon he would have to seek treatment for depression at a Texas psychiatric hospital called the Menninger Clinic before he’d consider helping him.

Ballmer flew Gordon there last June on his private jet and paid for a six-week stay.

Earlier this month, Ballmer made headlines with a $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers from embattled owner Donald Sterling.

Geoff Baker: 206-464-8286

or gbaker@seattletimes.com



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