Suit filed over alleged loan
March 8, 2014
A Snowmass Village chiropractor is suing a woman in an attempt to recoup money he claims was a loan to help her obtain a divorce.
A lawsuit filed in Pitkin County District Court last week alleges that Richard Goodwin "advanced" a total of $56,500 in a series of payments in 2013 on behalf of Victoria Langsam, who was a Michigan resident at the time. She now is a resident of Snowmass Village, according to the suit.
Langsam could not be reached by phone for comment Wednesday.
Goodwin provided the money after meeting Langsam's daughter, Rachel Langsam, a three-time patient of his in 2013.
"Around the third chiropractic appointment, Ms. (Rachel) Langsam told Mr. Goodwin that her mother … was in a physically and emotionally abusive marriage," the suit contends. "Ms. Langsam told Mr. Goodwin that her mother was not able to obtain a divorce because the abusive spouse took control of all of her mother's financial resources, which he had also recklessly depleted."
According to the suit, Goodwin made the loan because he was "financially able." Also, he felt it was "the right thing to do." The suit says that Victoria Langsam, who is listed as the sole defendant in the lawsuit, verbally agreed to guarantee the loan and that Goodwin believed he would be paid back.
The divorce was finalized, the suit states, and last fall Langsam moved to Snowmass Village. In December, Goodwin presented her with a promissory note as evidence of the loan, but she refused to sign it.
"For the first time, the (Langsams) alleged that the monies paid by Mr. Goodwin were a gift," the suit alleges.
Langsam was financially able to repay the loan, according to the suit. She received $30,000 through the divorce settlement and another $60,000 to $70,000 upon the sale of her home, the lawsuit claims.
The suit asks for a jury trial, damages and attorney fees.
Local attorney Jill Teehan filed the suit on behalf of Goodwin.