It looks like vexatious litigant Shane Gates must surrender himself for trial in St Tammany before any of his myriad of civil suits filed by his lawyer / adopted father Danny Abel which named judges, prosecutors, the Sheriff along with court employees and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell can move forward. Judge Duvall explained why this has to be a few weeks back via a six page opinion:
For those interested in finding out what happens to lawyers that sue other lawyers to conflict them out, judges to conflict them out, court employees and others in acts of retaliation via litigation terrorism, click here for a milder, albeit fairly recent example.
What can I say folks except there has been some movement in the case styled Gates v Swartz and none of it looks good for professional plaintiff Shane Gates as there is an attachment for Gate’s arrest for failure to appear. A former client of Gate’s lawyer Daniel Abel tells Slabbed Gates has been staying at the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia though it is impossible to know if he is there now on the run from the law but that would be my first guess. In any event here is the salient document which shows the arrest warrant for Gates:
Those interested in an update to the related civil suit which Gates, using the services of his adopted Father Daniel Abel, filed against Judge Richard Swartz of the 22nd JDC in order to conflict Judge Swartz out can click here for a good brief which updates the status of that case. Continue reading “Wanted by St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: Shane D’Antoni aka Shane Gates”
And you know what is screwed up folks is I still can’t fill my readers in on the details because Attorney Daniel Abel, on an ex parte basis with Judge Glenn Ansardi, had the case sealed when Abel filed it. This is something I am very committed to seeing remedied. 24th JDC Judge Scott Schlegel, now presiding over the case granted Slabbed’s Special Motion to Strike the Complaint under Louisiana’s Anti SLAPP statute and awarded reasonable Attorney Fees. Slabbed New Media LLC was very capably represented by Connie Montgomery in the matter.
Due to the abuses that were perpetrated by Attorney Abel in this matter, in April of this year on behalf of Slabbed New Media I filed suit in United States District Court against Abel for willful violations of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act related to the DMCA takedown notices he sent to Slabbed’s current web host, Host Gator LLC related to publicly available court documents that he claimed infringed on a copyright. Slabbed New Media will show that Abel’s DMCA takedown notice, which he swore under perjury was true, was confected from whole cloth. United States District Court Judge Keith Starrett is presiding over this case.
Finally, Slabbed New Media will be asserting similar DMCA abuse torts against Trout Point Lodge, Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary related to their multi-year campaign of abuses of the United States Digital Millenium Copyright Act including their assertion of ownership of parodies created and owned by third parties such as Patrica Fournet and Frank Magazine. Under the DMCA, a party issuing a takedown request swears under penalty of perjury they own the creative works in question. I look forward to having my day in court in defense of the First Amendment and Journalism in the Public Interest.
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From the Eyewitness NewsTM crash and burn files it appears Judge Vance has run out of patience with Danny Abel not paying his court ordered sanctions. (Vital background here) Click the pic to score the 4 page PDF where Judge Vance tells Abel to pay up or face contempt of court:
5 Sun Herald attorneys from Jones Walker working with Aaron Broussard and pals to shut Slabbed down.
Naw folks, the Sun Herald only cares about the First Amendment and public records when it is their own ox being gored.
Speaking of the Goatherders, I have a dynamite update coming as the gang has made some stunning admissions in Canadian court filings.
Welp folks, it appears Danny Abel and his adopted son Shane Gates aka Shane D’Antoni never even tried to serve their latest lawsuit on Judge Swartz. Vital background via three part series can be found here, here and here and in another post found here.
Recently Slabbed contacted the Louisiana ODC for comment on the agency’s inability to control rogue lawyers, especially the politically connected ones. Team Plattsmier was too busy crushing Ashton O’Dwyer to comment.
Click the pic to score the 15 page pdf.
Accordingly, defendants’ Motion to Tax Attorneys’ Fees and Costs is GRANTED. Plaintiffs Manton and IFOA and their counsel of record, Daniel G. Abel and Richard J. Feldman, are jointly and severally liable to defendants in the amount of $22,382.00 in reasonable attorneys’ fees. Cf. Blanco River, LLC v. Green, 457 F. App’x 431, 434, 438-39 (5th Cir. 2012 (affirming district court’s imposition of sanctions jointly and severally on defendant and defendant’s counsel because defendant had acted in bad faith and counsel had unreasonably and vexatiously multiplied the proceedings). ~ United States District Court Judge Sarah Vance
Press release / St Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain’s Blog
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded $22,382 in legal fees spent defending a frivolous lawsuit in federal court.
The case, brought before the United States District Court by Sherry Manton and her attorney, Daniel Abel, was essentially a rehashing of an earlier lawsuit against the Sheriff’s office by her husband, Norman Manton. (Note: several media reports related to the particulars of these cases have been published both locally and nationally – see Human Events magazine).
Both cases were dismissed by summary judgment due to the Court’s view that, in the first case, there was insufficient evidence to support any of Manton’s claims and, in the second, not only did Manton fail to establish a case on any of her claims, but also that the doctrine of res judicata applied. (The intent of res judicata is to prevent matters already litigated from being re-litigated).
In the second case, the Court also held that the plaintiffs “vexatiously multiplied the proceedings.” This standard requires “clear and convincing evidence that every facet of the litigation was patently meritless and evidence of bad faith, improper motive, or reckless disregard of the duty owed to the court.”
As a result of these findings, Judge Sarah Vance yesterday issued a ruling in favor of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and against the plaintiffs and their counsel, Daniel Abel and Richard J. Feldman.
“We are very pleased that the Sheriff’s office was able to recoup the tax payers’ money that was required to defend this frivolous lawsuit,” said Chief Deputy Brian Trainor.
Sheriff Jack Strain assured the residents of St. Tammany that he will do everything possible to prevent their tax dollars from being wasted on these types of court actions. “The Sheriff’s office cannot prevent the filing of frivolous lawsuits against our deputies. What we can control is how we respond as an agency to such filings. When our deputies are right, we will stand behind them through the entire process,” Strain said.