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Gwire v. Blumberg Anti-slapp

Gwire v. Blumberg Anti-slapp

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SUPERIORCOURTOFCALIFORNIACOUNTYOFSANFRANCISCO
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ILLIAMGWIRE,individuallyandd.b.awireLawOffices,
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Plaintiff,vs.
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LLIOTBLUMBERG,etal.Defendants.
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OnNovember2,2011,Defendants'MotiontoStriketheFirstAmendedComplaintcameonforhearinginDepartment220ofthisCourt,theHonorableJamesJ.McBride,Judge,
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presiding.JasonM.Skaggs,Esq.appearedforDefendantsandmovingparties,andPlaintiff
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WilliamGwire,Esq.appeared
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opposingpapersandruledonevidentiaryobjections,andthematterhasbeensubmittedfordecision.Forthereasonssetforthherein,themotionisDENIEDinpartandGRANTEDinpart.
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Facts
PlaintiffWilliamGwireisanattorney,andDefendantElliotBlumbergishisformer
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clientandtheownerofDefendantVigilantInvestor'sAssetManagementLLCwhichisthe
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generalpartnerofDefendantVigilantInvestors'L.P.,collectivelyreferredtoasVigilant.
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BlumberghiredGwiretorepresentVigilantinamalpracticeclaimagainstattorneys,Lamprey
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andCrowe,whohadrepresentedVigilantinanarbitrationconductedbytheNational
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AssociationofSecuritiesDealers.Blumbergassertsthat"accordingtovariousdamagesexperts
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andmethodologies"Vigilantstoodtorecover$20millionindamagesintheNASDarbitration,
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butLampreyandCrowebungledtheproceedingandthematterwassettledatasacrificepriceof
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$3.5millionBlumberghiredGwiretoprosecuteamalpracticeactionagainstLampreyand
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Crowewhointurncross-complainedagainstVigilantforfees.Lampreyandhiswifeseparately
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cross-complainedagainstBlumbergforintentionalinflictionofemotionaldistress.Theentire
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actionwasarbitratedbeforeanAmericanArbitrationAssociationpanelwhich1)rejectedthe
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malpracticeclaim,2)awardedLampreyandCrowe$387,490asthereasonablevalueoftheir
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servicesintheNASDproceeding,3)awardedLampreyandCroweanadditional$900,000in
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fees,costsandprejudgmentinterestand4)awardedLampreyandhiswife$5,000against
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Blumbergindamagesformorethanadozenmaliciouslatenight/earlymorningtelephonecalls
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hehadmade.
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In
March2010,shortlyaftertheAAApanelissueditsInterimArbitrationAward,Gwire,
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inhiswords,"fired"BlumbergandVigilantasclientsandsoughtpaymentof$28,000incostshe
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claimedowedforworkonmalpracticeaction.Shortlyafter,onMarch12,2011,Blumberg
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expressedhisdissatisfactionwithGwireandhisservicesbypostinganonymouslythefollowing
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oncomplaintsboard.com,selfdescriedas"themosttrustedandpopularconsumercomplaints
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website."
"Gwireruinslives-numerouscomplaintsagainsthim
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Gwirecommittedahorrificfraudagainstmethathasirreparablydamagedeveryaspectofmylife.IhopethispartialsummaryofGwire'sincrediblyunethicalhistorymayhelpotherinnocentpeople.GwirehasbeensuedatleastTHIRTEENtimesbythosewhohavetrustedhim.TheseincludeatleastthefollowingELEVENcases."
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