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Author Topic: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - Status Update (Oct 27) - p14, #345  (Read 68375 times)  

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #150 on: August 28, 2017, 08:15:00 AM »
Do you allow people to donate directly through PayPal instead of this site? I won't sign up for things like this that require a physical address, because of privacy and data security issue, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

To put it bluntly: if the only way I can support or give is through a third party site that requires information I don't feel like I should have to share, or feel safe sharing, the cause will miss out on my support.  I doubt I'm the only one.

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #151 on: August 28, 2017, 08:37:26 AM »
Do you allow people to donate directly through PayPal instead of this site? I won't sign up for things like this that require a physical address, because of privacy and data security issue, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

To put it bluntly: if the only way I can support or give is through a third party site that requires information I don't feel like I should have to share, or feel safe sharing, the cause will miss out on my support.  I doubt I'm the only one.

I totally understand! I specifically chose this site for its PayPal integration and I assumed it would only require logging into your PayPal account. I had no idea the site was asking for info and I can see how that would be off-putting.

I've sent you a PM with my email address and would be happy to do the same for anyone else who prefers to give direct via PayPal. I don't often receive money via PayPal, so it will be easy for me to keep separate and assure any funds sent in this way will go directly to the lawsuit fund. I'll also see about adding a donate button to my site to make it easier.

Thank you for alerting me to this issue!


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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #152 on: August 28, 2017, 08:40:55 AM »
Do you allow people to donate directly through PayPal instead of this site? I won't sign up for things like this that require a physical address, because of privacy and data security issue, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

To put it bluntly: if the only way I can support or give is through a third party site that requires information I don't feel like I should have to share, or feel safe sharing, the cause will miss out on my support.  I doubt I'm the only one.
I'm pretty sure this site doesn't require any of that.  I just ran through the steps.  They ask for first name, last name, and email ... all of which are optional,  then you can go straight to Paypal. 


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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #153 on: August 28, 2017, 08:56:37 AM »
Hm.  I tried to donate earlier and I could swear it asked for my address.  I just hit the back button.  Now I'm just seeing what you said, though.  Perhaps it was my mistake, or I confused it with another fund I tried to donate to.
Sorry.  Maybe you don't have to change anything.  Let me see if I can go the whole way through the process without giving my address...

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #154 on: August 28, 2017, 11:52:28 AM »
Just a thought. Christina kindly got in touch about my problems with the donating site and I managed to send the donation direct using Paypal. That might be a solution for you if you hit problems and want to PM Christina about them.  Also, it cuts out the middleman slice and adds a wee bit more to the fighting fund.

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #155 on: August 29, 2017, 07:57:16 AM »
71% funded! 

As you organize your end-of-month expenses, if you are able help out, please take a moment to make a donation.

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #156 on: August 29, 2017, 09:45:51 AM »
Donated. Good luck, Christina.

 
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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #157 on: August 29, 2017, 10:56:12 AM »
Hey guys,

Last night I received the tentative ruling made by the judge regarding Rebecca's motion to quash. You can read it in its entirety via the link below. It's really interesting and points out some things we might have done to better represent our position. What I really appreciate is the fact that the judge carefully examined all the information presented before ruling. He even quoted from the Charmed Legacy contract.

For anyone who prefers the nutshell version:

TENTATIVE RULING

Shana Raywood dba Rebecca Hamilton and QBW Services, LLCs Motion to Quash
Service of Summons on the ground that the Los Angeles County Superior Court lacks
personal jurisdiction over them is DENIED. The court further denies the motions made
pursuant to CCP 418.10(a)(2) and 410.30(a), for an order staying or dismissing the case
for inconvenient forum.
The alternative motion to stay the action based upon forum non-conveniens is DENIED.
Defendants have not submitted sufficient evidence to overcome the strong presumption in
favor of a California residents choice of a California forum.

The defense can either chose to submit to this ruling and we'll move forward with the case, or decide to argue the matter in front of the judge this Thursday, 8/31. I'll keep you all posted and thank you again for all of your support.

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #158 on: August 29, 2017, 11:18:39 AM »
Can I just say this judge is freaking awesome?

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #159 on: August 29, 2017, 11:26:21 AM »
Wow.  That was kind of... o.0

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #160 on: August 29, 2017, 11:39:52 AM »
I particularly liked this part:

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Californias Interest in Regulation: As noted above, one of the triggers for the interests of this state is if the suit involves products made here. As Defendants have insistently repeated, they do not write the books they promote; Plaintiff did. Those books are California products, and California has an interest in adjudicating suits regarding the promotion of materials produced in California. This factor weighs in favor of Plaintiff.

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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #161 on: August 29, 2017, 11:40:06 AM »
Can I just say this judge is freaking awesome?

I agree. This is a complex case with four different contracts and issues of libel/defamation. While he hasn't been briefed on the entire case, there is still a lot to digest for this motion. I'm very heartened to see how conscientious he is in reviewing the facts, as that is what this case will hinge upon.


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Re: Garner/Hamilton Lawsuit - see Myra's update page 5, reply #106
« Reply #162 on: August 29, 2017, 11:43:00 AM »
I particularly liked this part: California�s Interest in Regulation: As noted above, one of the triggers for the interests of this state is if the suit involves products made here. As Defendants have insistently repeated, they do not write the books they promote; Plaintiff did. Those books are California products, and California has an interest in adjudicating suits regarding the promotion of materials produced in California. This factor weighs in favor of Plaintiff.


So did I, and if I'm honest, that wasn't something I'd considered before. But of course it makes perfect sense.

I also appreciated:

"Interests of Potential Juror: The local community has concern that contracts entered into by residents here can be enforced. This factor weighs in favor of Plaintiff.'
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In order to keep prosecuting this case, Christina needs more funds.  If you want to help, here's the fundraiser: https://gogetfunding.com/it-takes-a-community-to-take-down-a-scammer/

Quoting to keep the contribution link easy to find. :)

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Just wanted to note that it did not require my address or anything other than my Paypal log-in to contribute to this cause.

Let's try to fund it to 100% and show all scammers taking (or trying to take) advantage of Indies, that we at Kboards are a family, and we won't stand for it! Like they said on GOT this weekend, the lone wolf may die, but the pack still stands. I'm gonna tweak that a bit to say, 'the lone wolf may be attacked, but the pack won't stand for it!'

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Christina, that is great news! I really liked the part Julie pointed out as well, and the thing about potential jurors having an interest in their neighbors getting their day in court (paraphrased as I understood it).
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Just realized there was a part of this process I neglected to post.

The moving party (in this case, the defendant) gets to have the last word (other than the judge of course) which means when we filed our opposition to their original motion to quash, they provided a reply. Here it is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_vpf8yhHcP0aGxMU015Vi1Wb0RhdDhQZ1ZzUDJHVHVhWGtV/view?usp=sharing

Just so there's no misunderstanding, this was filed prior to the judge's tentative ruling and therefore was taken into account before he reached his decision. There will be no further filings until the hearing on 8/31. I just neglected to post it--sorry. Lots going on!


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This is very heartening. Thank you for the update, Christina!

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Good news. Hope to hear more of the same.

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Wow. Reading the preliminary ruling was eye-opening. Not that it means much, but thank you Christina for sharing this process so that all of us are more educated about what would REALLY be involved to bring action against any company.

I am proud of the way the community is stepping up to help support this.  https://gogetfunding.com/it-takes-a-community-to-take-down-a-scammer/


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Good luck at today's hearing on the motion to quash!

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Good luck at today's hearing on the motion to quash!
Good luck, Christina!


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California's Interest in Regulation: As noted above, one of the triggers for the interests of this state is if the suit involves products made here. As Defendants have insistently repeated, they do not write the books they promote; Plaintiff did. Those books are California products, and California has an interest in adjudicating suits regarding the promotion of materials produced in California. This factor weighs in favor of Plaintiff.

I can't help wondering if my state would also step up for me like this. This is a good thing.


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I hope things go well today.
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