It would seem that my last post on Susan Green’s shakedown business, “Susan M. Greene’s Notary Business is Here to Shake You Down” is by far my most popular blog ever. I guess there’s nothing that motivates a google search like someone threatening to file suit for the egregious crime of dialing a telephone number.
One respondent to my last Susan Green blog was Becca Wahlquest, an actually an attorney here in Southern California whose client had received a shakedown letter. She contacted me, and we exchanged information. She shared with me (and gave me permission to pass it on to you) that Susan Greene will go away and not bother you again once you stand up to her. This has also been my experience.
A few people have asked for the exact response letter which Ms. Wahlquist sent to Ms. Greene. I asked Ms. Wahlquest if her client would be willing to provide the actual response letter she sent, and, unfortunately, the client declined. However, Ms. Wahlquist has seen her way clear to provide to general gist of what her response letter contained. Furthermore, given that the San Diego Small Claims Docket shows that Ms. Greene has only filed four claims in the past year, your chances of actually being sued by her are quite small. Indeed, Ms. Greene indicated that she was going to sue both myself and my mother and nothing has been forthcoming. So know in dealing with her that you are dealing with a toothless lion: her roar may be ferocious, but she really lacks any bite whatsoever.
Personally, my advice is to ignore her. However, if you find yourself in such a position whereby you absolutely MUST interact with her (say you’ve been hired to represent someone who’s receiving her threats) you need to keep in mind the relevant facts and time line. I’ve prepared a nice summary for you below:
- On Aug. 2, 2010 in the case Kinder v. Allied Interstate, the California Appellate Court ruled that one James Kinder had no legal claim to suit anyone under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because he had an “assumption of risk” in maintaining a number that computers tend to call. Furthermore, the court issued a permanent injunction against Mr. Kinder for ever suing anyone again for calling this number.
- Exactly two weeks later, on August 16, 2010, James Kinder enters into a rental contract (which you can read HERE) with Susan M Greene to rent her the use of this number. According to Ms. Wahlquist, since she is only a renter on the number, she is not a proper party to make TCPA demands.
- On September 8th, 2010, roughly three weeks after renting this number, Ms. Greene filed her first two (of only four) small claims against Chrysler Financial and Santander Consumer.
- On October 20, 2010, roughly six weeks after filing her first two small claims suits, she files two more suits against Sears Home Services and Access Insurance Company.
- Of the four cases she filed, she loses three of them. Chrysler did not show.
- On December 20th, 2010, a full two months after filling the last of all of her small claims, Ms. Greene finally decides to actually becomes a notary.
- If it were not obvious enough that Ms. Greene is renting this number purely to shake people down, know that Ms. Greene made no efforts to advertise her notary business with the number (619)999-9999. After Ms. Wahlquist called her on this in mid may, she created the website SusanGreeneMobileNotary.com to try to legitimize her efforts at maintaining (619)999-9999 for business purposes. Note that according to Godaddy.com, this website was created on May 24th, 2011.
At any rate, a simple presentation of these facts should be more than sufficient to maker her go away. Of course, in my case I got one of her cronies calling me at home on the telephone telling me “we know where you live,” but I suspect that’s simply because I have such a charming personality. If any of this information was helpful to you, please consider making a financial donation to me using the Amazon button on the right.