Pinoywatchdog executive editor admits that Atty. Joel Bander is financing their tabloid, Pinoywatchdog, which has been maligning Atty. James G. Beirne.

By Rhony Laigo

JOEL BANDER, the lawyer who now claims to have been set up probably by his own victims or by those who have an axe to grind against him in what is turning out to be a celebrated sex scandal that he allegedly committed in the Philippines, may yet face more legal problems as more victims come out in the open and want to fi le a complaint against him.  According to Viken Melkonian, an Armenian and former client of Bander, more Armenians were also victimized by Bander when his fi rm peddled the socalled “Save Your Home, Sue the Banks program” in 2008 but which, Melkonian said, was nothing more but a “scam.”

Melkonian said he is a client of Atty. Mark Geragos, the celebrity lawyer who, along with at least two other attorneys, filed a case against the Bander Law Firm. He said he was instructed by Geragos to call Balita to reveal his story after learning that just like his countrymen, many Filipinos were also victimized by Bander.

Melkonian said he believes that he was the first to file a case against Bander at the California State Bar in relation to the loan litigation program where he thought Bander would be filing a case against his lender, but did not.

This developed as Attty. James G. Beirne lashed back at a newspaper tabloid which published an article that stated

he will be subjected to a trial and that he will go to jail.

According to Beirne there’s no truth to Pinoywatchdog’s claim that Beirne will be tried on Feb. 27. On the contrary, Beirne said that it will be Bander who might soon be facing legal problems as soon as Beirne and his legal team launch their to put an end to Bander’s black propaganda.

“They’re lying,” Beirne said. The claim by Pinoywatchdog tabloid that a judge may sentence Atty. James G. Beirne to jail for “contempt charges” is not true and will never happen, he added.

In its Feb. 4 issue, the so-called “PWD investigative team” of Pinoywatchdog claimed in what they called as their exposé, they wrote that Beirne will be prosecuted and will be tried by a certain “Trial Attorney Wilson.”

But is it turned out, there will be no hearing that they said will take place on Feb. 27 and that what they wrote as Beirne’s no regard to “observing the law” or that he’s been “deceiving the public” was just another attempt by Bander and by the PWD “investigative reporters” to malign Beirne.

In their article, the PWD writers said that Beirne has violated “more than 200 court contempt violations” and stated that Beirne is “making a mockery of (US) justice.”

The so-called “investigative reporters” even claimed to have been “tallying all these violations” and without basis also said that Beirne, if convicted, will be in “hock for thousands of dollars in fines or in jail for several years.”

The PWD article even quoted Atty. Dennis Wilson as saying “Beirne is violating court order and doing other things; (that) doesn’t seem right” It also quoted Wilson as saying “Beirne is involved in publishing things about Joel (Bander) that are not true.”

Balita tried to contact Wilson to clarify his supposed claim. However, Wilson, the lawyer hired by Bander to “try” Beirne has yet to return our calls or respond to our emails. Balita also wanted to find out how much it would cost Bander – who filed for bankruptcy for his law firm in 2010 – to hire Wilson.

Balita also wanted Wilson’s comment on the supposed trial on Feb. 27 that will never take place and if he is aware that Bander and is facing or had faced several lawsuits in the past which were filed by his own clients, in particular when his Bander Law Firm was still in existence.

According to Beirn’s lawyer, the claim that his client violated “hundreds of charges of contempt of court” for allegedly  “false and misleading advertising” were “trivial and non-existent.”

Meanwhile, the executive editor of Pinoywatchdog admitted that Bander is financing the paper after credit card payment receipts showed that Bander was the one paying to print Pinoywatchdog.