Racist store owner lawsuit will proceed to trial

Almost one year ago, on November 23, 2015, we posted “Man files racial discrimination suit against diamond store,” regarding a lawsuit against the owner of Bjorkheim’s Diamonds filed by DLM’s Brian McGiverin with co-counsel Judith Bohr, which alleges:

Joseph Carroll is suing Leif Bjorkheim because when Mr. Carroll and a companion entered Bjorkheim’s store to buy jewelry, Bjorkheim brandished shotgun and ordered them to leave, saying “I don’t feel comfortable with you niggers in my store.”

Leif Bjorkheim's shotgun

Leif Bjorkheim’s shotgun


We are pleased to announce today (November 17, 2016) the judge has denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, which sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. Instead, we will proceed to trial in the summer of 2017.


See the order hereOrder denying summary judgment (Nov. 17, 2016)