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Pickins Family 3rd Amended Compliant against Mike Pickens

Pickins Family 3rd Amended Compliant against Mike Pickens

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Published by Teri Buhl
T. Boone's new attorney takes a different tactic after the Judge said they could not sue for cyberbullying. Now he claims Mike wrote his recovery story as plan to extort $20 million from his Dad in trade to take it down. Mike denies the merits of this new legal tactic by his father and filed his own Anit-SLAPP claim against the family members suing him for what he feels is free speech.
T. Boone's new attorney takes a different tactic after the Judge said they could not sue for cyberbullying. Now he claims Mike wrote his recovery story as plan to extort $20 million from his Dad in trade to take it down. Mike denies the merits of this new legal tactic by his father and filed his own Anit-SLAPP claim against the family members suing him for what he feels is free speech.

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Published by: Teri Buhl on May 04, 2013
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PLAINTIFF’S THIRD AMENDED PETITION AND APPLICATION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF - PAGE 1
CAUSE NO. DC-13-01890-FE.C., P.P., B.P., AND T.P., § IN THE DISTRICT COURT§Plaintiffs, §§v. § 116
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JUDICIAL DISTRICT§M.P., §§Defendant. § DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS
PLAINTIFFS’ THIRD AMENDED PETITIONAND APPLICATION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
TO THE HONORABLE JUDGE OF SAID COURT:Plaintiffs, Pamela Pickens (identified as “P.P.” herein), T. Boone Pickens, Jr.(identified as “B.P.” herein), Elizabeth Cordia (identified as “E.C.”), and ThomasPickens (identified as “T.P.” herein) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), hereby complain ofDefendant, Michael Pickens (identified as “M.P.,” “Mike,” or “Mike Pickens” herein) asfollows:
I. INTRODUCTION
1.
 
This lawsuit involves an unfortunate family dispute. Mike Pickens,assisted by his attorney, Collin Porterfield, is pursuing a plot to extort $20 million fromhis father. The hostage in Mike’s extortion scheme is his family’s good reputation,solitude, and peace of mind. After becoming upset with his sister, P.P., during thefamily’s 2012 Thanksgiving dinner, and in need of money due to a lifetime of failedcareer choices and substance abuse problems, Mike hatched a scheme to subject hisfather and siblings to a campaign of harassing internet posts falsely accusing his father
Filed13 April 10 P1:25Gary FitzsimmonsDistrict ClerkDallas District
 
PLAINTIFF’S THIRD AMENDED PETITION AND APPLICATION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF - PAGE 2
of inflicting abuse on Mike as a child and casting his siblings as failures and addicts.After Mike’s family had enough and brought this lawsuit to obtain relief, the truepurpose of Mike’s campaign of harassment was revealed: Mike had his lawyer demand$20 million to avoid a “public airing of dirty laundry,” including a threatened interviewwith D Magazine, a prominent Dallas magazine, a promised book, and an interview onthe Dr. Phil television show. Despite Mike’s agreement to a temporary injunction inthis lawsuit, Mike has continued to make false and harassing internet posts in supportof his extortion scheme. In fact, since being refused the exorbitant sum he demanded,Mike’s rhetoric and false allegations have escalated precipitously, to the point whereMike, apparently with the material assistance of his attorney, has taken to the mediafalse allegations that B.P., P.P. and T.P. have engaged in criminal acts and crimes ofmoral turpitude. Through this lawsuit, Plaintiffs intend to reveal Mike’s illegal conductand obtain relief from his illegal extortion scheme.
II. DISCOVERY CONTROL PLAN
2.
 
Plaintiffs intend to conduct discovery according to Level 3 pursuant toRule 190.03 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
III. PARTIES
3.
 
Plaintiffs reside in the following states: (a) P.P. – California; (b) B.P. –Texas; (c) E. C. – Virginia; and (d) T.P. - Texas.4.
 
Mike resides in Dallas County. Mike has entered an appearance. Thisamended petition will be served in accordance with Rule 21 of the Texas Rules of CivilProcedure.
 
PLAINTIFF’S THIRD AMENDED PETITION AND APPLICATION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF - PAGE 3
IV. VENUE AND JURISDICTION
5.
 
Venue is proper in Dallas County because Mike resides in Dallas Countynow and resided in Dallas County at the time this suit was filed.6.
 
This court has jurisdiction because Plaintiffs are seeking damages inexcess of $500.00.
V. FACTUAL BACKGROUND
7.
 
Plaintiffs are successful in business and life. B.P. is a father, grandfather,role model, leader, innovator, and successful entrepreneur. P.P., E.C. and T.P. are B.P.’sadult children. P.P., E.C. and T.P. have families and careers. The Plaintiffs areindividuals who are involved in their community in local, state, and national activities.8.
 
Mike’s life story is, unfortunately, very different, despite having beengiven the same educational and career opportunities, and tremendous support from hisfamily. Mike has abused alcohol and drugs for many years and has gone through rehabon multiple occasions. In 2007, Mike was convicted of securities fraud in a New Yorkfederal court and sentenced to five years’ probation, which included mandatorycompletion of a rehabilitation program and restitution of $1,200,807.00, all of which waspaid for by B.P. in order to help his son avoid prison and rebuild his life.9.
 
Unappreciative of his family’s support during decades of substance abuse,and apparently refusing to accept his own personal responsibility for his myriadfailures and poor choices, during the fall of 2012, Mike began making blog posts on theinternet that disclosed private facts about B.P. and his family and that were increasinglycritical of B.P. and his family. In his blog posts, Mike began suggesting that his

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