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Dermatology business agrees to pay debt

Centennial Dermatology and Skin Cancer Inc. has agreed to pay a $23,000 debt to Las Vegas Billboard LLC, a lawyer for the advertising company said Monday.

The lawyer, Michael Mazur, said the parties spent the day in negotiations after the Laughlin constable’s office arrived at the Las Vegas dermatology business to seize its assets.

Mazur said the constable’s office arrived at Centennial Dermatology around 8 a.m. Monday and left around 5 p.m., after the business agreed to pay the debt.

If Centennial fails to make the payment by 11 a.m. Tuesday, the lawyer said, the constable’s office will return to seize its office and medical equipment, including seven lasers and 10 computer systems. Mazur said the items then would be put into storage until they could be sold at a public auction to satisfy the debt.

Las Vegas Billboard filed a District Court lawsuit in March against Centennial Dermatology and Skin Cancer Inc., which does business as Taheri Dermatology, in an attempt to collect the debt. It claims the parties entered into a contract, signed by Dr. Daniel Taheri, in May 2013.

A default judgment was entered against Centennial on May 29. Mazur said the business had 10 days after that to pay the debt.

“The debt remained unpaid, so this is one of the mechanisms allowed by Nevada law in order to satisfy the judgment,” the lawyer said.

Mazur said he asked the Laughlin constable’s office to conduct the seizure because the office typically responds quickly to such requests.

Taheri could not be reached for comment Monday morning at Centennial Dermatology, 5555 Painted Mirage Road, Suite 110. Jennifer Hall, regional manager for LA Laser and Skin Center, was at the business and acknowledged that the constable’s office had arrived. She said a lawyer for LA Laser was fighting the seizure.

“The lawsuit is against a company that is not ours,” she said.

She said LA Laser had acquired Centennial, although she was not sure when. The LA Laser and Skin Center website lists Centennial Dermatology as one of its 15 locations in California and Nevada.

Las Vegas Billboards also sued comedian George Wallace in March. The company claimed Wallace owed the company nearly $14,000 for outdoor advertising and late fees.

On Monday, Mazur said the parties in that case had reached a “potential settlement.”

“We’re waiting for it to be signed,” he said.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710. Find her on Twitter: @CarriGeer.

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