Report: #1456939

Complaint Review: Ford Banister - New York New York

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  • Reported By: Van — New York United States
  • Ford Banister 244 5th Avenue, Ste. 1888 New York, New York United States

Ford Banister I FOUND FORD HIDING IN CHINA!!!! New York New York

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I've been a painter since I was so young. My father passed away last year that this inspires me to make an art out of mud since my farmer was used to be a cowboy. I had made use of mud to paint his loving face. It has taken me 5 months to finish my 3 feet by 3 feet painting. I am very proud to showcase my art inspiring the loving memory of my father to my father's friends and to our neighborhood. Then a few months after the show, I receive a call from a friend advising me she saw similar art in an art exhibit. Same smile, same face, the same figure as my art. I was very pissed and disappointed. I search online looking for a very good lawyer to help me with my case. I found Ford Banister on Avvo.com I called him and communicated with him. He promised to help me with all his best. When I have paid for his unfinished service he then disappeared. I am very desperate about searching for him and finally found out that he is hiding in CHINA! Luckily, my friend saw him there and they are very sure it's him because my friend was with me when we meet Ford. I will complaints this FRAUD to the BAR!!!!

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How to Deal With Fake Reviews

AUTHOR: L. Ford Banister, II - (United States)

POSTED: Thursday, September 06, 2018

     This review appeared recently, purportedly written by a person I have never heard of describing a situation that is not at all familiar to me or to my staff. It seems some person is seeking to use internet defamation for some unknown purpose, perhaps to attempt to intimidate, harass or because it is all they can imagine to do. As an intellectual property attorney, this presents me with what might be referred to as a teachable moment. What can you do when a person, operating through the perceived anonymity of the internet, begins posting false and defamatory statements about you online? 

     In March of 2017, Ms. Wendy Lee Sulda, a teacher of special needs children in Shenzhen, China, approached me to report that she was being threatened by a shipping company that she contracted with that does business through the domain www.shippingquest.com. When Ms. Sulda posted some truthful negative reviews online about their bad service and fraudulent practice of providing low ball quotes and then jacking up the price after they have possession of their customers' good, the people behind ShippingQuest issued a series of bizarre threats, then purchsed Ms. Sulda's natural name as a domain upon which they placed a photo of her stolen from one of her social media profiles under the heading "Erotic Massage" and surrounded by sexually suggestive images which gave the overall impression that Ms. Sulda, rather than being a teacher of special needs children, was a prostitute. Due to this heinous act, I filed suit against the company doing business through the domain at www.shippingquest.com in March of 2017. 

    It was difficult for us to serve www.shippingquest.com with the complaint as they closed their virtual office they had maintained for about ten years in New York a few days after the suit was filed. www.shippingquest.com knew about the suit as it was reported on by Courthouse News just days after the suit was filed and www.shippingquest.com offered a comment. What they did not do is defend the lawsuit against them. Rather, Plaintiff had to conduct a very in depth investigation that uncovered perhaps one of the most bizarre set of facts that might be imagined. We traced the IP address from which the threatening messages came and then subpoenaed Comcast which revealed that the owner of the IP address was one Winston Dan Vogel. Winston Dan Vogel we found was also the co-registrant of the domain www.shippingquest.com, along with Albert Abramov and, it appears, the sole owner and operator of www.shippingquest.com. And who is Winston Dan Vogel? In this s****.>

     On January 29, 2018, a judge of the federal district court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a judgment in the amount of $100,000 plus attorney's fees and costs against ShippingQuest.com, LLC, Price Break Shipping USA, LLC, Winston Dan Vogel, Albert Abramov and Javier "Chaim" Sajnovsky. I believe that a verdict awarded by a jury would have been much higher but there is unfortunately no right to a jury to determine damages where a a default judgment is entered. I am still working to collect this judgment on behalf of Ms. Sulda as none of the judgment debtors have taken responsibility for their actions.

     To review the threats that were directed to Ms. Sulda and to read the judgment order against www.shippingquest.com, visit the site that Ms. Sulda placed online to tell her story at www.shippingquestscams.comwww.shippingquest.com tried to have www.shippingquestscams.com taken down by filing a complaint with ICAAN alleging trademark infringement. I answered the the complaint on Ms. Sulda's behalf and it was subsequently dismissed. I am very proud to represent Ms. Sulda and to have tracked the people behind www.shippingquest.com to obtain a judgment against them. I am also proud to now represent three other individuals who were defrauded by the people who run www.shippingquest.com. Due to the circumstances of the identity theft case and what I discovered during the course of the investigation, I am dedicating to obtaining justice for anyone who is similarly victimized. The fact that at just about the time Ms. Sulda placed her site online at www.shippingquestscams.com, obviously fake, false and defamatory reviews began appearing on this site only leaves me more determined defend the interests of consumers. 

     So in this teachable moment what have we learned about dealing with internet defamation? You can sue, sure. You can go through a process with the platform host to try to have a review deleted. These are bioth good options in different circumstances. Or you can seize the platform that the sad persons hiding in the shadows, afraid to emerge, anonymous warriors of the keyboard, leering over their poison pens, just created for you. 

     Thank you for taking the time to read this rebuttal. For genuine reviews of my law practice, see my website at www.trademarkviolation.us or my Avvo profile. If you would like to help Ms. Sulda collect her judgment, have information about www.shippingquest.com, Winston Dan Vogel, Albert Abramov or Javier "Chaim" Sajnovsky, or if you have been a victim of www.shippingquest.com, you may contact me at ford@fordbanister.com

Best Regards,

L. Ford Banister, II, Attorney and Counselor at Law.

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