Joyce Caristi

August 8, 2017 Communication from Michele Grinberg

Staffcoord Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 3:17 PM

To: GMGSO-Greg Tobin

     Dear members of the General Service Conference,

     At the most recent Board Weekend, General Service Board received an update on the pendinglegal matter in executive session with counsel present. While I cannot share that discussion, I canshare some new information that will keep you current with our actions to date.

     The court has entered a stipulated order, as proposed and agreed to by both parties, which requires defendant (Mr. Kenneth Roberts) not to transfer or sell the Printer’s Copy Manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous for the duration of the matter.

     The August 2 hearing (noted in the judge’s initial order granting the temporary restraining order) did not occur, upon agreement of the parties and the court. The court has recently set the next status conference for October 11, 2017.

     The Manuscript is now in secured storage at Crozier Fine Arts. Both Profiles in History (the auction house) and Questroyal Fine Arts (the gallery that had displayed the manuscript) have been dismissed from the matter.

     Please note: All filings in the case are a matter of public record.

   The discussions of the legal situation within the Board and with counsel, however, remain confidential and privileged, so this is as much as can be shared at this time.

     On behalf of the General Service Board and A.A. World Services, I wish to thank you for your
ongoing engagement, all your questions and expressions of concern, and your love for our A.A.
Fellowship and the Legacy of A.A. Unity. While some of you may disagree with our actions from time to time, please be assured that each Board member loves A.A. and is acting in good faith as a trusted servant in accordance with Tradition Two, as discussed in the Concept Seven essay.

     The Public Information desk at the General Service Office continues to be the primary source of communication about this legal matter, both within and outside the Fellowship. We ask that you direct your comments there, so that we can gather your thoughts in an orderly manner. All communications about this matter received as of July 27 have been provided to all Board members.

     With much gratitude for your service to Alcoholics Anonymous,

Michele Grinberg, Chair
General Service Board

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