“Bander…executed a false declaration under oath when he swore that he has never personally fi led a bankruptcy petition for a client. In fact, Mr. Bander fi led a Voluntary Petition in March 2009 on behalf of Mario Jose Bryson and Inez Glona Bryson.” Atty. Jack Lapedis
Give credit where credit is due. Pinoywatchdog’s stories maligning Atty. James Beirne has actually opened a can of worms after investigations conducted by the legal team of Beirne reveal a pattern of lies being committed by Atty. Joel Bander, the owner of Pinoywatchdog.
Also just this week, another former client of Bander narrated his ordeal in the hands of Bander Law Firm to Balita alleging that he was defrauded by the BLF in what was supposed to be a loan litigation case against the client’s bank that did not materialize.
Balita also found out from the Better Business Bureau of more complaints fi led against Bander and his now bankrupt BLF, mostly relating to the same loan litigation program that BLF heavily promoted in 2008 and 2009, that mostly “victimized” Filipino, Korean and Armenian homeowners.
The new documents submitted by the lawyers of Beirne, who is currently in a legal tussle with Bander who accused the former of false advertising, pertained to Bander’s alleged continued deception of his own clients.
Atty. Jack Lapedis, lead counsel for Beirne, said documents showed that Bander has been disingenuous to his clients, many of whom lost their homes to foreclosure, and even to his own employees that may have apparently caused the court to deny Bander’s petition to try Beirne for allegedly committing a court order in relation to Beirne’s ads in Balita.
Lapedis presented to the court testimonies by former BLF attorneys who said that Bander was 99 percent of the Bander Law Firm to negate the claim of Bander the homeowners were clients of BLF only and not by him. However, many of these clients that the BLF signed up retained the firm before Bander handed to an associate ownership of the BLF. Emails gathered by Balita stated that BLF one percent owner Atty. Mary T. Sanga became a part-owner of Bander’s fi rm only in October 2009.
Pinoywatchdog claimed in their “exposè” that Beirne had committed more than 200 court order violations and the writers even claimed that as a result Beirne was facing jail term and will have to pay huge amounts in penalties.
Lapedis argued that the claim by Bander that he never had 800 mortgage litigation clients was false as Beirne stated in his open letter to his clients that appeared in Balita. Citing Bander’s own declaration, Lapedis said that Bander once admitted that he and his employees at the BLF held hotel seminars where loan litigation clients attended and were signed up.
“Mr. Bander is predictably disingenuous when he claims that “I personally obtained no clients as all clients signed retainer agreements with Bander Law Firm, LLP.’ But based on submitted documents, it is clear and other employees of his law firm attended seminars regarding “mortgage litigation’ that Mr. Bander and his law firm put on seminars and that (they) obtained over 800 clients,” Lapedis said.
Lapedis also stated that Bander “apparently executed a false declaration under oath when he swore that he has “never personally filed a bankruptcy petition for a client. In fact, Mr. Bander filed a Voluntary Petition in March 2009 on behalf of Mario Jose Bryson and Inez Glona Bryson.”
Beirne’s lawyer also dismissed Bander’s statements on Pinoywatchdog when Bander alleged that the pictures that appeared in the ad of Beirne thanking him for his legal services were fictitious. Lapedis said the all the people whose photos appeared in Beirne’s ad gave Beirne his permission to have them published and that they were “current or former clients of Beirne.” (Rhony Laigo)