UPDATED: Fargo man sues Dorgan for $1 million over alleged negligence

Byron Dorgan

FARGO – A Fargo man is suing former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan for $1 million in damages because of alleged “negligence and discriminatory conduct.”

Gary A. Stibbe claims Dorgan failed to help him receive the annual refunds he was owed from the IRS.

The lawsuit against Dorgan was originally filed in December in Cass County District Court. However, since the suit involves a federal official, the case was transferred to Fargo’s U.S. District Court on Thursday.

According to court documents entered today, Stibbe said staff at Dorgan’s Fargo office had helped him receive his annual IRS refunds during the early 2000s.

When the refunds “did not continue uninterrupted as confirmed” they would, Stibbe sought help from Dorgan’s office.

Stibbe claims Dorgan eventually “informed (him) that since he only had a couple more months in senatorial office, that he was not going to do anymore work for (him) in respect to the U.S. government, specifically IRS refund disputes.”

Stibbe is representing himself in the suit and has a lengthy history of initiating civil action. A search of North Dakota state court records showed Stibbe as a party in nearly 70 civil cases. Seven of those cases are still open and include three lawsuits against Cass County government.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shon Hastings is representing Dorgan in the suit. Dorgan retired from Congress in December after 30 years in office.

Neither Hastings nor Dorgan had filed a response to the civil complaint, as of midday Friday.

But Dorgan told The Forum this afternoon that the lawsuit has no basis in fact.

“This guy is a nut,” Dorgan said. “He’s previously sued his parents for over $60 million. He’s just a nutcase. It’s a nuisance lawsuit. It’ll be thrown out quickly. What he alleges never happened.”

Originally posted 2:05 p.m.. Updated 3:15 p.m.

10 thoughts on “UPDATED: Fargo man sues Dorgan for $1 million over alleged negligence

  1. You have got to be kidding me. The system is really screwed up for even letting this go this far. I really don’t think that is what our senators are there for.

  2. Seventy (70) civil law suits?? Are you kidding me? This so called living human being Gary A. Stibbe is a parasite to society and MUST be shut down by reasonable and prudent means within the court system. He is making a mockery of the judicial process and is an embarrassment to ALL good and righteous, hard-working North Dakotans. This is an example where the privileges that go with “freedom” are abused by the citizen. Our tax dollars are being wasted by this nut-job and we would all be better off if he moved to……………..maybe Alaska or better yet, Libya.

  3. According to what I read, he has sued his own family, several restaurants and about every doctor he has been to (just to name a few). People like you Mr. Stibbe should be punished! Shame on you for wasting people’s time and money. Sounds to me like it’s time for YOU to pay up!

  4. I’m no fan of Dorgan, but for God’s sake, just leave the guy alone. He served his time in the Senate and now this nutcase is causing trouble. I hope Dorgan counter sues and takes away this fools ability to harrass others.

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  6. One must admit that the history of this individual is questionable and should have us all questioning his intentions. However, I in no way agree that referring to someone as a “nutcase” is appropriate. Show some discretion as the individual whom the comment was in reference to may have mental health issues. Such a comment is unbecoming of a former senator and has the potential to be discriminatory in nature to such a “nutcase”.

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