Over the past few days I had received some documents from individuals that claimed to work with/for Mitchell Stein in his efforts to pursue mass joinder lawsuits.
Particularly damaging in the documentation was information that could be perceived as an inducement by others that are blogging and promoting Stein in his efforts.
In an effort to verify the documentation I emailed the people identified as the originators of the emails. In fact what I asked was:
I got your faxes on Stein. Some really explosive stuff.
I was hoping you could help put the material into context for me. It clearly does appear that [redacted] is getting a financial benefit from Stein and that [redacted] may be participating but do you have any email that shows some sort of compensation for X?
If this can be proven, the two guys that have been the most vocal advocates for Stein will have some explaining to do.
I need your help to get me over the finish line on this.
In response I instead received this email.
I am an attorney with Mitchell J. Stein & Associates. It has come to my attention that earlier today you sent an email to [redacted] and [redacted] in response a set of documents that they purportedly faxed to you regarding Mr. Stein and his practice of law.
We wish to inform you that the documents you received by fax were NOT sent to you by [redacted] and [redacted] but, instead, were sent by an unknown computer hacker who had managed to illegally obtain access to one of Mr. Stein’s private email accounts.
We take this matter very seriously. Not only was Mr. Stein’s right to privacy violated by this criminal act, but the documents sent to you were obtained through violation of multiple federal statutes, not to mention California Penal Code § 502 regarding hacking and computer crimes.
Further, they appeared to be forged and/or altered.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT IF YOU PUBLISH OR DSSEMINATE THE MATERIALS YOU RECEIVED BY FAX REGARDING MR. STEIN IN ANY MANNER, WE WILL COMMENCE A CIVIL ACTION AGAINST YOU FOR MONETARY DAMAGES AS WELL AS PUNITIVE DAMAGES FOR YOUR KNOWING AND MALICIOUS FURTHER DISSEMINATION OF STOLEN FILES AND PRIVATE INFORMATION.
We have reported this matter to the FBI. We do not want you to be part of any resulting investigation. You would be smart to destroy all materials you received and never speak of them to anyone.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me. My direct line at the law firm is [redacted].
Erikson M. Davis
Attorney at Law
Mitchell J. Stein & Associates
What it appears I did not get was a denial that the information and allegations shown in the documents were not true. Anyone read that differently?
It appears that the information contained in the emails faxed to me struck a nerve. I think the allegation is that Stein’s email account was hacked and then the documents were forged? That seems like a heck of an effort to simply forge a document but that seems to be the position.
Hopefully Stein’s attorney will keep us posted on this matter and the results of their investigation so I can update you.
As a journalist I’m free to disseminate the material if I believe it to be factual but the bigger story just became the threat. Is there a coverup going on or an attempt to discredit Stein with his own or forged emails?
The mass joinder world is a strange and odd place these days. Apparently not only do consumers need to beware but the lawyers as well.
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