So I’m being sued again. The plaintiff this time is Marc Aldana, who was blogged about by a blogger who hasn’t written a blog in two years, back in April 2017. You probably don’t remember the blog because it wasn’t exactly memorable. Just another criminal arrested for shooting someone in their home with an unregistered gun. I explained it all and looked at the entire complaint he wrote (pro se of course) on the live show last night.
Feisty’s blog was probably one of the least offensive and most factual we’ve ever published. Her point was one that most normal people agree on – judges have to stop letting assholes go free. When they do, people get shot. Because a ratchet can’t change its stripes.
This is the blog in question. This is Marc Aldana.
Guess who his favorite sportball team is?
The hat. Nuff said. Also, the chinstrap.
But as Feisty accurately pointed out in the blog, he’s been arrested for some pretty serious crimes. The Worcester Police, Masslive, and Turtlegram and Gazette all still have their stories up about him. Yet he only sues us because we had the audacity to share opinions about the legal system that allows people like this to keep getting arrested for serious crimes and remain free.
I’m not gonna rehash the whole complaint, because I talked about it for an hour last night. All I’m saying is that there’s something very wrong with a legal system that allows criminals to sue reporters who write about their crimes. It costs the criminals nothing, because they can represent themselves pro se for nothing. But LLC’s are required by law to obtain counsel and that’s expensive. This is now the 6th person who is suing me, and not a single one of them have an ounce of merit. The Rian Waters lawsuit cost pretty much nothing for him, and God knows he has nothing better to do with his time, and when I won I didn’t get money back in return. There is ZERO RISK on the part of plaintiffs under the current system, and they’re almost encouraged to file frivolous lawsuits like this just to be assholes.
- I’m thinking about dissolving the LLC and not starting a new one. There’s no reason I can’t run a website and share opinions on it. If I get sued over some bullshit like this I can defend myself without an attorney. These lawsuits are meritless and the bar for libel is extremely hard to prove.
- The LLC is supposed to protect my personal assets, but I get sued as a party in all these lawsuits anyway so I fail to see the point of it.
- I’ve spent over $25,000 in legal fees alone in the last 6 months. I hire sales guys who talk a big game and then sell nothing. Turtleboy Sports is blacklisted from Google AdSense, so the website that used to bring in $300 a day now brings in $30 a day. The business doesn’t make enough money to have legal fees like this. If we regularly sold stuff in the Turtleboy store, or if 500 people signed up for the ad free, I would never, ever, ever have to worry about lawsuits again. For now that’s not happening. The new website has temporarily saved my ass, along with all the people who have donated to the Turtle Fund. But that’s no way to run a business.
- I appreciate all the advice and everything, but telling me I’m going to beat this in court or referring me to a lawyer to help fight the lawsuit is a losing mentality. They win when I have to pay my own legal fees for the company. If I could represent myself and beat them, that would be a winning strategy. But the law doesn’t let me do that with a LLC.
- What I really need is to speak with a lawyer who can help me figure out a way to do business without having to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees every time I get sued. I’m not getting sued for complicated cases here.
We need serious tort reform in this state. As of now there is no gamble on the part of plaintiffs, which encourages frivolous lawsuits. But when you file a lawsuit and lose, you should have to pay the court costs. That would make people think twice before wasting the taxpayer’s time and my time with crap like this. I understand the opposing argument that poor people will be discouraged to take on powerful companies that have wronged them, but the fact of the matter is that ANYONE who files a lawsuit in this state cane bring it before a judge. There needs to be a filter before it gets to that level, and it shouldn’t cost a completely innocent defendant thousands of dollars to do so.
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