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Complaint Review: Devon Blaine - Beverly Hills CA

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  • Devon Blaine 8665 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 301 Beverly Hills, CA United States

Devon Blaine The Blaine Group Inc. Scam Publicist - Breaches Her Own Contract Then Threatens to Sue! Beverly Hills CA

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Bogus "Publicist" Doesn't Stand Behind Her Own Contact - Sues Clients After She Breaches Her Own Agreements

*Consumer Comment:

You Owe The Money

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Devon Blaine is a smooth talker.  She told me everything she wanted me to hear about how she'd get me nationwide publicity for the book that was coming out.  So, she had me sign an agreement for 6 monthly payments of $5,000 each, totaling $30,000.

However, about halfway through the contract,  I started to notice that she wasn't getting me publicity in any of the cities she promised (and that were clearly listed in the contract).  Being on a tight budget and realizing that she wasn't going to be able to comply with her own contract (promising 18 cities in a media tour), I told her that it was best we parted ways. 

At that point, she had gotten me "publicity" on 4 lame podcasts, operated out of people's home offices with an audience of maybe a couple hundred people.  Totally unprofessional and NOT the media she promised to get me when she was smoozing me over lunch with her sales pitch about what an awesome publicist she was.

So, we parted ways.  Or so I thought.  After the 6 months was over, she came back with a threat to sue me for the remaining balance of the contract that she didn't even complete!  She promised media in 18 cities.  She got me a handful of podcasts, not even enough "media appearances" to make up 18 cities let alone 18 appearances!

She then has unleashed a "bulldog" discount collecation agency she dug up in Arizona, probably from the Yellow Pages or something.  I had to put a stop to the collection agency with a formal written cease and desist notice.  As per federal law, any collection agency is supposed to stop collecting after a written cease and desist notice is given. 

Yet this collection agency is still at it, still trying to collect, and without a single piece of proof that I owe anything on this bogus "invoice" generated from Devon Blaine's computer.  (Anybody with access to Quicken or QuickBooks can generate an invoice.  It doesn't make it real or legit.)

I should have listened to my attorney.  Before I decided to use Devon Blaine as my publicist, he warned me that she did this to others.  I didn't listen to him.  Now I'm regretting my decision in trying to use Devon Blaine as my publicist because she really is the worst.  She doesn't get ANY of the media she promises. 

She can only get podcasts and other useless media that won't drive book sales.  And then when she breaches her own contract, she then uses bulldog collection tactics and lawsuit threats to desperately get the money.  She's useless at her job and greedy beyond belief.

I'm waiting for her to sue me now.  Once she files her lawsuit, I'll counter-sue for the $15,000 I paid her (for nothing, thus getting completely ripped off), all of my legal fees, and punitive damages exceeding $500,000.  So you don't have to deal with the nightmare I've had to deal with concerning Devon Blaine and The Blaine Group Inc., avoid using this deadbeat woman at all costs. 

She talks a good game but when it comes to getting the publicity she promises, she falls short due to her lack of real connections in the real world of media.

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Bogus "Publicist" Doesn't Stand Behind Her Own Contact - Sues Clients After She Breaches Her Own Agreements

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (United States)

POSTED: Sunday, January 26, 2020

Devon Blaine BREACHED her own agreement and then tries to collect over $200,000 on a sum that she claimed was originally $15,000, violating all state and federal debt collection laws.

This money is NOT OWED.  Devon Blaine DID NOT complete the terms and conditions of the contract.

Further, it's odd how the response to this rebuttal is exactly the same as that of her "debt collection company" in Scottsdale, Arizona under the name of Corporate Collections International.  Also, these rebuttal responses came in at exactly the same time.

I'm wondering...is Devon Blaine the same person as her "debt collector" Sharon English?  Is Devon Blaine impersonating a debt collector under the out-of-state guise of Corporate Collections International in Arizona?

That's pretty sleazy if that's the case.  It seems that she'll go to any extent to bully money that is NOT owed to her by using tactics that even shammy used car salesmen won't even bow to.

Everyone has the right under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America to state the facts and talk about personal experiences.  So, libel/slander doesn't apply and the facts will continue to be laid out for the public to see until this case is put to bed.

It's recommended that Devon Blaine put her reputation before her greed and drop this nonesense -- chasing money she knows she isn't owed on a contract she herself breached and blatantly did not baased on her lack of media connections -- before this gets really ugly as a multi-year court case which I will end up winning due to her blatant breach of her own agreement.

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You Owe The Money

AUTHOR: Jim - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, January 25, 2020

So, she had me sign an agreement for 6 monthly payments of $5,000 each, totaling $30,000.

Unfortunately, that statement pretty much binds you to pay the full $30,000, and no other information is needed to bill you.  That is the basis of your invoice.  For some reason, you agreed to a fixed fee contract, which I don't understand since most contracts like this are billed hourly.  She probably promised you it would cost you more to bill hourly, which is generally baloney, but you fell for it. 

So what you did is guarantee she gets paid the full amount regardless of what you expectations were or what she could do for you.  The agent can then provide you an itemized bill on who and what she contacted and the time spent. 

If an agent can't sell your story in the time she spent, then it's because either

(a) they suck as an agent, or

(b) your story is uninteresting. 

As much as you would like to say, you haven't really described anything that would constitute a breach of contract because of the fixed fee nature of the contract.  By signing a fixed fee contract, she gets paid whether she obtains publicity for you, or not.

Your signed contract is the basis on which the collection agency is now coming to get money.  If you require basis on which payment is to be made, then that contract is it.  You may believe the contract is unenforcable, however...it is.  Both parties generally have to agree to the termination of the contract - and I doubt seriously the agent is going to agree to that, especially since you signed a fixed fee contract. 

I don't know why the lawyer specifically advised you against signing such a contract, BUT there are so many red flags in your story, that I can see a number of reasons why the lawyer said...not to do it.  Your lawyer is there to protect you.  You chose to not listen.  You now owe the money.

Your countersuit is going to get tossed because you have no basis to countersue; you contracted for services for a fixed fee and there will be all kinds of documented attempts the agent is going to show and no interest shown.  As long as those documents exist, and they will, you lose.  You aren't going to be able to sue for punitive damages because, of course, there is nothing punitive to sue for. 

The agent, in turn, will try to sue for court costs, in addition to what she is owed because she can.  Whether she can collect will be up to the judge.  Now, you made the decision not to listen to your lawyer before signing the contract - there is a reason why you need to listen to your lawyer.  The reason is because the lawyer knows more than you. 

Once you are served with a lawsuit for payment, take the documents to your lawyer and LISTEN to what the lawyer says.  If the lawyer says settle, then you need to settle, no matter what you think or what you want to do.

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