A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) sent in communications regarding the sales pitch she received from Precision Law Center that is, make that now, was trying to sell her into a mass joinder, or a “Tort Litigation Lawsuit” as they like to call it.
This mass joinder mess works like this. Marketing outfits get consumers to pay $5,000 to $7,000 to become a participant in a lawsuit against their mortgage company. The claim is that the consumer will win money and a lower mortgage.
Precision Law Center didn’t like all the bad press that the mass joinder movement was getting so they decided to changed the description of their actions to “tort litigation.” That’s fine. You can put a different bow on it but it’s still the same pile of, well, you know.
So the reader has forwarded me emails that clearly show the staff at Precision Law Center either don’t know who their lawyer is or they are intentionally misrepresenting his participation in their scheme.
The email the reader received said:
“I appreciate your concerns, our lead litigator John Lynner Palmer, Bar # 206981. This is a TORT litigation lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles County Courts. Attached are several banks that we have filed suit against. Please go into our web site to see the cases filed?”
The website for Precision Law Center even shows John Palmer is the entire attorney staff. – Source
Seems to me they are clearly pushing this John Palmer, Esq. as their lead guy. He’s the only one listed.
So imagine the readers surprise when she reaches out to attorney Palmer to confirm his participation.
The email to Palmer said:
“Hello Mr. Palmer,
I wanted to contact you to confirm your participation as the lead litigator for the Precision Law Center’s mass joinder lawsuit against several mortgage banks as asserted by the Precision Law Center below. I wanted to confirm the company’s legitimacy given the CA Dept of Real Estate’s recent issuance of consumer alert warnings regarding these types of cases. If you are indeed involved, your confirmation would be greatly appreciated as my family is considering joining the Class Action lawsuit-
Thank you so much.
A very nice, smart, and intelligent email to send. Now there is a consumer who is doing their homework.
John Palmer Responds
From Palmers response it looks like he was caught off guard by the antics of Precision Law Center. He tells the consumer:
No, I am not the lead litigator and the PLC staff knows that. I have my own firm and I do not own PLC. PLC hired me to do some legal work for the firm but I am not handling the cases and I am not representing the clients. I am sorry that they misinformed you.
John L. Palmer
Did you get that, the attorney that Precision Law Center promotes on their own website says:
Precision Law Center Not a Law Office
A couple of days ago a commenter revealed an interesting fact. It appears Precision Law Center is not owned by an attorney or a law office at all.
The commenter says:
“Anyone who recives a packet should report PLC to the California Bar and Attorney General immediately. They should also report it in their home state sice they are also practicing law illegally in your state. The packets sent out claims that the mortgage provider violated federal law. (Even a real lawyer would not be able to assess such simply based on local government public mortgage records, which is how they got your name and info) This constitutes rendering a legal decision, practicing law. Moreover they are asking you to let them represent you which clearly means practicing law.
PLC is not a valid law firm. It is an ordinary corporation. In California only a Law Corporation can practice law. A Law Corporation is a corporation that is registered by the California Bar. In order to qualify for registration the shareholders and officers of the corporation all must be licensed lawyers. I contacted the California Bar and learned that PLC is not a law Corporation.
Indeed PLC stated to me over the phone that its managing Director is Sammy Lakhany. Sammy Lakhany’s email address was also used to register the PLC Website. Sammy Lakhany is not a lawyer and can’t legally own interest in or be an office rin a law corporation, he is a fraudster of such fame as Fidelity Legal Services:”
And sure enough Sammy Lakhany is the email address used to register the Precision Law Center domain. It is registered to firstname.lastname@example.org under the name Roy Barnhart at 15061 Springdale St, Suite 206, Huntington Beach, California 92649.
That email address is used for the following registrations:
If we look at FreeMortgageModification.org the email address email@example.com is actually said to be:
Registrant Name:SAMMY LAKHANY
Registrant Organization:FIDELITY LEGAL SERVICES
Registrant Street1:655 S MAIN ST
Registrant Postal Code:92868
The site MyFidelityLegal.com has the same contact information for that email address. I’m going with Sammy Lakhany also owns the Precision Law Center domain and controls it’s website and information.
By the way, the Fidelity Legal Services Network website lists their address as 1651 East Edinger Suite 102, Santa Ana, CA 92705, 800-486-2207.
Fidelity Legal Services Network is the same company that the State of Washington went after in their action against Fidelity Legal Services Network and Sammy Lakhany in which restitution was ordered to be paid.
The charge in that action were that Lakhany was acting as an unlicensed mortgage broker in Washington. – Source
Precision Law Center: Deceptive & Misleading Consumers
The Precision law Center website shows a list of cases on their home page they claim to have filed. I took a look at the first case on the list. Ann Easley v. Bank of America, or at least the court filing as they show it. – Source
According to State of California corporate records Precision Law Center is not a professional law corporation and was only just registered to do business on April 22, 2011.
But then there is this second registration for Precision Law Center, Inc in June of 2011.
So how did Precision Law Center file this complaint on April 1, 2011 before they were authorized to do business in California until April 22, 2011?
And more importantly, why is the case as displayed on the Precision Law Center site deceptively missing critical information about the attorney that really and actually filed it?
Precision Law Center Version
They have clearly deleted the actual attorney information from the document Precision Law Center shows on their website.
Offical Court Version
So the copy presented to consumers that shows Precision Law Center filed the case is not accurate at all. The case was actually filed by Christopher Persaud, Esq. – Source
They even did the same thing at the end of the document they show as well.
Precision Law Center Version
The consumer is not shown the actual document. The attorney information has been deleted.
Offical Court Version
And since this case was removed to Federal Court on may 16, 2011, there has been no evidence of Christopher Persaud, Esq. filing or responding to any action filed in this case. I wonder if he’s still involved?
It begs to ask why the actual attorney that filed the case Precision Law Center claims is Christopher Persaud and they erase his name and they don’t even list him on their attorney page, They instead list John Palmer.
Hell, Persaud doesn’t even list the fact he is with Precision Law Center with his Bar record, he says he is in private practice.
The Better Business Bureau gives The Law Office of Christopher Persaud an F rating.
The BBB has even issued the following alert to consumers.
Although our files show disconnected phone numbers, returned mail or both at some of the addresses or contact information on file, this company is not out of business. On May 13, 2010 we were able to verify with the company that they were no longer operating from thier Corona location, but were still conducting business at the Downey address which is the address record of the California Bar Association. Law Offices of Christopher Persaud 8069 Florence Ave Downey, CA 90240 Phone Number (562) 334-1500 The current website displays: 18 Technology Drive Suite 110 Irvine CA, 92618. Phone: 800-884-1209 or 818 437-6820 direct Fax: 800-458-1735
The BBB further cautions consumers by saying:
“Complainants allege unfulfilled contracts, failure to honor their money back guarantee, and inability to obtain refunds when the company fails to provide modifications.
Other customers complain that their financial hardships escalate due to months of waiting in expectation of loan modifications that do not materialize.
Some report losing their homes due to excessive waiting periods for services to be provided.
Other clients complain that lenders refuse their modifications, however the company repeatedly re-submits requests in lieu of issuing refunds as agreed.
Most recent complainants report the company is no longer operating from addresses or phone numbers provided, and they have been unable to reach anyone by phone or email.
The company responds to some complaints by disputing that services were not provided, or that the company failed to contact clients on the status of their cases.
In some cases the company did agree to a refund or partial refund, however, some complainants contend the company failed to issue the refund as agreed. Some complaints are unresolved meaning the company failed to properly address the complaint allegations or their response was inadequate.” – Source
Is There Any Truth At All?
Precision Law Center has been a problem from the day they first started selling their wares to consumers. I feel most sorry for the consumers that have bought into the program based on misleading and deceptive information.
You can find more past articles about Precision Law Center here, including retainer reviews and examples of deceptive marketing.
To any consumer that is considering paying Precision Law Center any money for any reason I issue my strongest warning – Don’t Do It. Run Away!
I’ve got a pretty good radar for bad things and Precision Law Center is setting off all my bells and whistles. This is not going to end well for Precision Law Center, the attorneys that have associated themselves with PLC and most especially the consumers that paid good money and will most likely receive little return from that sacrifice.