Nexus vs Hannabelle
The Nexus vs Hannabelle lawsuit was basically a repeat of
the Freeman/D'Angelo vs Hannabelle lawsuit but with different judges. Double
the lawyer fees, of course. Once again Marshall Tanick, my lawyer, made a
motion to dismiss due to the Minnesota Anti-SLAPP Law.
judge was John Sommerville. I didn't get my day in court. Instead, he took
us into his chambers. Even in that casual informal room, I was not given an
opportunity to speak. Neither lawyer put on a case but just chit-chatted
about stuff. Victor slandered me to the judge, as usual. Marshall didn't get
a chance to make the presentation he'd prepared. There was a court reporter
tucked in the back of the room. I would have liked to get a transcript, but
it was way out of my price range. I found the entire experience in Judge
Sommerville's chambers very bizarre. I left feeling good though. I was
pretty sure that he would rule in my favor. He didn't. He denied my motion
Marshall filed once again in the Minnesota Court of
Appeals. I recall that the lead judge seemed not to like my lawyer. I
should probably picked a lawyer based on his popularity rather than for his
clever lawyering skills.... Even so, this panel of Appellate judges reversed
the district court's decision but sent me back to Sommerville for another
hearing about my trial.
But Judge Sommerville had resigned. I had no judge. About
this time, I ran out of money. So suddenly, I had no lawyer. He dumped me.
All in all, these lawsuits cost me my life's savings, plus I borrowed an
additional $20 grand. People wondered why I didn't just give up and quit.
Well, the justice system doesn't work that way. Nexus was brutal. From the
start, they showed no mercy.
They say that he who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for
a client. Hannabelle says that she who acts as her own client has a fool for
a lawyer. I trotted to the finish line pro se.
I was through. But I arranged to have my day in court again - this time with
Judge Joseph Klein. I finally got to speak. Victor Lund stood next to me,
very quiet. It bothered me that he didn't argue his case. Perhaps he didn't
have to. Maybe it was already decided?
Judge Klein denied my motion to dismiss and ordered me to
stand trial by jury.
One week before my trial, once again Nexus dropped its
lawsuit. It was over. Poof. Just like that. I prevailed.