A lawsuit filed against three people who sought to oust Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist from the anti-illegal immigrant organization has been dismissed.
Gilchrist has founded a new group and is no longer affiliated with the original Minuteman Project.
Gilchrist petitioned the court to drop the lawsuit because it could have led to a judge appointing an independent party to control the finances of the citizen border control group. Control of the Minuteman Project's funds is still in dispute between Gilchrist and the three who sought to oust him.
Gilchrist, a retired Aliso Viejo accountant who gained national attention by organizing citizens to patrol the border in 2005, filed the lawsuit against three people who considered themselves members of the board of directors. They voted in February to oust him from the group he founded amid allegations of financial mismanagement, which Gilchrist denied.
Gilchrist, 58, said the three held only honorary positions and had no voting power. After Gilchrist filed the suit, Superior Court Judge Randell L. Wilkinson stopped Gilchrist's opponents from spending Minuteman money, but the judge's writings suggested that the organization should be put into receivership. Gilchrist filed for the dismissal, which was granted this week.