This will be an ongoing blog about Legal Knot’s that seem to take place and clog up our already over burdened court system. I hope to follow one case from start to finish but at times we might verve off track and post about another legal knot.
Once you file in court you need to be fully prepared for not only the truth coming out about the motion that you choose to file but also any events surrounding and leading up to the case. At no time should anyone run off to a Law Firm and file a Lawsuit without merit nor should a law firm take a case without merit and evidence. You need to remember merit is not just your view of you being wronged, it’s deeper than just your hurt feelings.
1. a. Superior quality or worth; excellence: a proposal of some merit; an ill-advised plan without merit.
b. A quality deserving praise or approval; virtue: a store having the merit of being open late.
2. Demonstrated ability or achievement: promotions based on merit alone.
3. An aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval. Often used in the plural: judging people according to their merits.
4. Christianity Spiritual credit granted for good works.
a. Law A party’s strict legal rights, excluding jurisdictional, personal, or technical aspects.
b. The factual content of a matter, apart from emotional, contextual, or formal considerations.
v. mer·it·ed, mer·it·ing, mer·its
To earn; deserve. See Synonyms at earn1.
To be worthy or deserving: Pupils are rewarded or corrected, as they merit.
So we use this current case file in the Michigan Federal Courts as our example. And as we go thru this process we hope to not only bring to light how this took place but also how to prevent our legal system from being used as someone’s personal playground and being abuse of power.
To start things off it appears we have 3 ladies ( 1 from Wisconsin, 1 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Michigan) who went to their good friend Nicole Thompson of Hardin Law Firm in Southfield Michigan and asked her to file a defamation suit against 5 other people ( 3 from North Carolina, 1 from South Carolina and 1 from Pennsylvania). This seems to steam from Face Book posts about a North Carolina Animal Shelter in Columbus County NC, animals pulled from that Shelter and then left at local North Carolina Vet’s Office’s and/or Boarding Locations including many of these locations have outstanding bills owed by the Plaintiffs in this case. And last but not least one family dog named Smokey that was taken by the Plaintiffs in some fashion via the Columbus County Animal Shelter.( Now that alone seems to raise my eyebrow). So we have unpaid/outstanding Vet Bills in NC by these 3 named Plaintiffs and a missing NC family dog and yet they have filed a Federal Lawsuit on 5 others in hopes to get their bills paid via a settlement. For me this sounds a little like blackmail and extortion.
At this time we have been able to verify with the local Columbus Animal Shelter in North Carolina and the Local North Carolina Vet’s Offices that the 5 Defendants in this case had nothing to do with any of these unpaid bills or animals that were left at different locations by these Plaintiffs. However it does seem these 5 Defendants did come in as some sort of a clean up crew to try and help find these animals homes, get some donations for these Vet’s and misc tasks. And oddly one of the dog’s seems to be a local North Carolina Family’s pet that got caught up in these events. A Face Book page was created for the family and friends of this family to help them gain support to reclaim their family pet called Smokey. ( Many of the complaints in the court filing seem to refer to a Help Bring Smokey Home Face Book page.)
At this point I need to take a break and review some facts as I’m still sorting out how this case was filed in a Michigan Federal Court when it all seems to stem around a North Carolina Animal Shelter, North Carolina Residents, North Carolina Veterinarian Offices and a North Carolina missing family dog named Smokey.