My Worst Enemy

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1/31/2007Villages of WildwoodI wouldn’t recommend the Villages of Wildwood to my worst enemy.
5/15/2007Kensington Park I would never recommend this place to my worst enemy.
1/18/2009Stone Ridge at ViningsThis place would not be recommended to my worst enemy (comments)
5/18/2009NorthlakeSince then this place is not somewhere I would recommend to my worst enemy.
11/25/2009Villages of WildwoodAll of our screens in the windows were dented and pushed out, we had to fight with them to get those fixed. bad carpeting, . just all around terrible and i would not recommend my worst enemy to live here!
1/4/2010Northlake Thank God I left when I did because they single handedly ran that property into the ground. I wouldn’t let my worst enemy live there.
10/7/2010MeridianWouldn’t recommend this place to my worst enemy if I had one!
11/5/2010Trellises I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy.
12/17/2010Union StationIt is flat out gross and i wouldnt suggest this place to my worst enemy.
5/14/2011Stone Ridge at Vinings…The Connor Group. I personally would not wish my worst enemy to live here.
5/18/2011Cheasapeake Landing I would not want my worst enemy to have dealings with this apartment complex, please look elsewhere !!! I
6/4/2011Grandview SummitWhile the connor group owned them I wouldn’t have recommended them to anyone, including my worst enemy.
6/30/2011NorthlakeConnor Group is so shady and sneaky, I wouldn’t let my worst enemy live in their properties.
2/8/2012GeorgetownI wouldn’t want my worst enemy to live here!
2/9/2012SteeplechaseI would not recommend this apartment to my worst enemy.
5/30/2012MeridianOverall, I definitely would NOT recommend this place, even to my worst enemy.
6/4/2012Legacy PointI wouldn’t recommend this place to my worst enemy!
4/23/2013Quarry I wouldn’t recommend my worst enemy to live here.
4/30/2013Cobblestone GroveSo, I would NOT recommend Cobblestone to my worst enemy, not for emotional reasons, but for practical ones.
5/31/2013QuarryAt this point I would not recommend this apartment complex to my worst enemy.
8/20/2013MeridianI would not even tell my worst enemy to move into this apartment complex.
10/25/2013Charleston at Blue AshI wouldn’t wish this experience upon my worst enemy, let alone any nice couple or family that wants to live here.

Studied Harder

I should have studied harder when I was in school. Or maybe I should have taken some business classes instead of engaging in monkey business. I have a helluva’ time reading contracts and understanding them. Yesterday, I was reading how Larry Connor, Colorado businessman, assumed the mortgage from Larry Connor, Ohio businessman (or was it Larry Connor, Delaware businessman?) I just don’t have the financial acumen to understand why you would “sell” a business to yourself?

Thinking I might have misunderstood, I called Monarch Investment and Management Group. The Stonebridge apartments website lists them as managers, but it’s not clear if they are the owners. The deed is listed to a company MIMG XXVIII STONEBRIDGE SUB, LLC. The Colorado Secretary of State has the registered agent as Andy Newell. Andy Newell is listed as the CFO on the MIMG website.

Neil (Cusick?) from MIMG returned my call after leaving a message. I told him I read in the Dayton Business Journal that Stonebridge was owned and managed by MIMG and I wondered if that was correct. Neil wanted to know who I was and I why I wanted to know that information. I told him I am me. I wanted to know if that article was correct. Neil wanted to know if I was a reporter. No. We went round and round, but Neil, who appears to the Asset Manager, could not tell me if Stonebridge was one of their assets. Neil said I needed to talk with their General Counsel and go no assurances that the General Counsel would be able to answer my question.

So, it seems to be the position of a company that is in the business of investing in real estate that they can neither confirm nor deny Stonebridge apartments is real estate that they or their affiliates owns or even manages. The Connor Group doesn’t seem to want to lay claim to it. I guess if I had studied harder and had a better understanding of business, I might go stake a claim and call them mine. Then maybe I can find a bank to give me $4M with the backing of the US government. If that works, I’ll go claim Heritage Knolls next.

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Stonebridge Apartments Fire

Stonebridge Apartments Fire

Aug 19, 2014 Crews were called to the Stonebridge apartments fire at 4502 Stonecastle Drive. Fifty people were reported to have been misplaced because of the Stonebridge apartments fire that affected 18 units. –source

Aug 20, 2014 The Dayton Daily news contacted property management for their plans moving forward for the tenants and building affected, but a spokesman declined comment. The Red Cross dispatched its disaster action team and sheltering team to the scene. Red Cross officials were assisting at least 15 families and were providing living arrangements until repairs or alternative housing could be arranged. –source

Aug 20, 2014 The $18M Connor Group central office opens with a black tie affair of nearly 350 in attendance. The evening offered a half-dozen fully stocked bars, over 20 servers, and a decadent array of fresh lobster, colossal shrimp, and sea scallops catered by Chefs Marshall Bartley and Matthew Hayden of Meals From Scratch. –source

 

June 29, 2012 Over two years ago, Larry Connor of STONEBRIDGE APARTMENTS, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company granted the deed to Stonebridge apartments to Larry Connor of MIMG XXVIII STONEBRIDGE SUB, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company, whose tax-mailing address was 6485 Centerville Business Pkwy, Centerville, OH 45459. No other deeds have been recorded.

If the Colorado company stills owns Stonebridge and Larry Connor is still associated with the Colorado company, it would appear that while the Red Cross was tending to families displaced by this fire, the owners of the burnt out property were nibbling on asparagus en croute with Brie and seared duck wonton with sesame ginger sauce. Like the pundits are often to say when the President goes golfing during a crisis, that possible scenario has “bad optics”. It is also possible that I cannot read legal documents and Larry Connor is not both the TRANSFEROR and TRANSFEREE of the mortgage on this property. 

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Stonebridge apartments fire

Lakes of Brice Apartments

Lakes of Brice Apartments

LAKES OF BRICE APARTMENTS, located in Columbus, Ohio, presents the opportunity to acquire a 256-unit, luxury community developed in 1997. The asset is situated in Southeast Franklin County, Ohio, bordering on the City of Canal Winchester. This section of Central Ohio is a warehousing and distribution hub with close to 50 million square feet of space in the sub-market.

Situated on nearly 25 well-landscaped acres, the acquisition of Lakes of Brice presents the opportunity to acquire one of the finer communities in the sub-market, with a long history of stable occupancy and a quality reputation. Lakes of Brice has been well-maintained and its units average 1,058 square feet – larger than its competitive set. Rents at Lakes of Brice apartments average $66 below the same competitive set. As the only property in its competitive set to offer three-bedroom units, Lakes of Brice is in prime position to achieve rent increases through cosmetic interior upgrades and patio renovations. Such improvements will further elevate Lakes of Brice’s attractiveness in the sub-market. –Source

Lakes of Brice apartments is owned and managed by The Connor Group. Lakes of Brice was said to have had nearly 90 air conditioners go out in one week. Sounds like a “well-maintained” property. CBRE is trying to sell it. Here’s a picture from their website.

Lakes of Brice apartments

Why does a “well-maintained” luxury apartment have a cheesy window unit hanging out the top?

Dark Chalk Talk by Larry Connor (no affiliation to Galactic Empire)

By way of example, Defendant made disparaging statements and innuendo over the internet…that Connor Group entices others to the Dark Side

The picture shown is obviously altered for effect. It shows Larry Connor, managing Sith of The Connor Group, talking to a group of students at the University of Dayton. The excerpt above it is lifted directly from a court document filed by The Connor Group. They desire $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for that statement.

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OK. Wanted to give you a little time to get that WTF! out of your system. On this lazy Sunday afternoon, this is the state of America. A company that advertises $1.4 Billion in assets has filed a ‘fo realz’ complaint in a ‘fo realz’ court because it disputes the fact that it entices people into a fictional metaphysical concept in a series of George Lucas films. This same company retained an actual lawyer at a physical firm in the current constraints of time and space to go before a judge and submit the argument that The Connor Group does not coax people to manifest their anger, hate, and rage into acts of telepathy, psychokinesis, hypnosis, and precognition.  One might expect this from Disney, but from a real estate company? Oh well. When in Rome…

Defendant is a limited liability Jedi Master formerly seated on the High Council but currently a hermit engaging in shenanigans for the help and protection of current troubled residents; the education of potential future residents; and for the lulz. Defendant contends that these are not the ‘droids the Plaintiff are looking for; Defendant can go about his business; and Larry Connor can move along.

ITT: I pretend to go pro se

I have been a defendant in a defamation lawsuit for about six months now. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have your day in court, let me take a few moments and relate to you my impressions so far.

It blows.

First of all, you probably won’t ever have your day in court. The law is like playing Monopoly when you were a kid. It goes on and on with no movement. People make shit up. You argue if that’s really what the rules say. You accept some lies and come to an agreement. People take a turn, make up new shit, and dispute the amended rules. Don’t believe me. Let me walk you through an example.

The plaintiffs, The Connor Group (TCG), own about a half dozen apartment complexes around Columbus. Associates at these complexes have to post Craigslist ads throughout the day to keep their properties “fresh” and at the top of the listings. Multiple associates at multiple properties making multiple postings multiplies essentially “spamming” the housing section of columbus dot craiglist dot org.

TCG contends that saying they spam is defamatory. Because TCG (figuratively) goes before a judge and says:

  • Spamming is a criminal act (CAN-SPAM act, 15 USC 7701)
  • Defendant admits to accusing Plaintiffs of this criminal act
  • Plaintiffs allege the statements are not true
  • a false factual assertion of illegality is defamatory

OK. Who can spot the bullshytt in that argument? I have no legal training, but I’ll take a shot. Well you see,………………………………………………. Well, I can’t really find anything wrong in that argument. Then again, I can’t find anything wrong in this argument either.

  • Spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages (spam), especially advertising, indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social spam, television advertising and file sharing spam.
  • The plaintiffs do this.
  • A statement cannot be defamatory if it is true.

Wait a minute, Junior. If they’re both true….

Good question. It would be impossible for the court to decide what was in the brain of the speaker. The tie goes to the runner. If speech can be interpreted in a protected manner and in a defamatory manner, it was long since decided that favoring protected speech is more important than the bruised ego of some pompous ass in Dayton. Well, they didn’t decided it exactly that way.

If an insolent jackass like you knows this, wouldn’t a lawyer? And wouldn’t a judge bitch-slap some idiot for daring to file this?

Wait. The stupid’s not over. I found a TCG employee bragging on Twitter about how they “own” Craigslist. The ass-steamed barrister for the opposition said that these posting could have been made by me. Would asking your stupid employees if those were their tweets be a little more judicious than accusing me of perjury?

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Another less comical item was their position that these internet posting (some of which were on Glassdoor) could not be authenticated and therefore not believable. The plaintiff has little problem accepting the authenticity of internet postings when it suit them.

GlassDoor
This is just ONE item in their complaint.

Do you feel better now, Cupcake?

Yes. I do. I may not be able to be able to stand up in court and say it Al Pacino style, but I can say it in this blog and there is not a goddamn thing Larry Connor or his taint-snorting lackeys can do about it beside annoy me.

Advocate’s duty of candor to the tribunal

This rule sets forth the special duties of lawyers as officers of the court to avoid  conduct that undermines the integrity of the adjudicative process. A lawyer acting as an advocate in an adjudicative proceeding has an obligation to present the client’s case with persuasive force. Performance of that duty while maintaining confidences of the client, however,  is qualified by the advocate’s duty of candor to the tribunal.

What does this mean in lay terms? I think it means a lawyer should do all they can for their client, but they aren’t supposed to allow anything they know to be false or misleading to be introduced to the court. For example, I posted how the plaintiff implied I may have faked those internet postings shown in support of my arguments.

Did I? No, but the plaintiff’s lawyer doesn’t know that. For all he knows, I may have created those Twitter accounts several years ago, tied them to corresponding Instagram and Path accounts; hacked into a GPS system; and faked being in different parts of the country, eating at different restaurants and bars, and posting pictures of my fake-self with my fake-friends and fake-family. It is possible that I’ve created over 30K tweets in order to one day defend one charge of a defamation from a real estate company I wouldn’t hear about for years.

Anyway, the plaintiffs lawyer didn’t submit knowingly false evidence to the court. He merely implied that I did by pretending to be a young co-ed, a single mom, and a gentleman who was at a Falcons game in Houston yesterday.

I’ve tweeted him a few times and asked if he was me, but he or I hasn’t gotten back to me yet. Not surprising if it’s me, I can be pretty rude at times even to myself. Not surprising if it’s not me either. I’m used to people dummying up pretty quick when you mention The Connor Group.

Unenforceable and Illegal Are Two Different Things

Schoolhouse Rock – The Lost Ohio Sessions

  • The General Assembly of Ohio enacts a bill.
  • The Governor signs or vetoes the enactment.
  • The signed law is restated (codified)  in Ohio Revised Code (ORC).
  • ORC 5321.13 is titled: Terms Prohibited in rental agreement.
  • Item (C) states:

 No agreement to pay the landlord’s or tenant’s attorney’s fees shall be recognized in any rental agreement for residential premises or in any other agreement between a landlord and tenant.

  • The Connor Group (TCG) lease states:

In the event of the employment of an attorney by Management because of a violation by Resident of any terms or conditions of this Agreement, Resident shall pay attorney’s fees and other costs or expenses incurred by Management in connection therewith, which shall be considered an additional fee and shall be secured hereunder.

Pop Quiz: Is the TCG lease clause illegal?

If you answered ‘Duh! Yes. Are you illiterate or just a <insert name of rival school> graduate?”

Bite me. Beside, TCG and Dunlevy, Mahan & Furry say you are wrong. The clause from the TCG lease is not “illegal”. It is merely “unenforceable”. Let me assplain.

TCG considers it defamatory to say their lease contains illegal clauses. TCG’s position is that their lease merely offends the public sensibilities  and a court will not enforce it because it harms one of the parties involved or could pose harm to society as a whole. Again, that is my layman’s interpretation of their position. It is possible they believe their lease is unenforceable due to misrepresentation, nondisclosure, unconscionably, or other reasons. TCG, who has been owning and operating thousands of apartment units in Ohio since 1991 and contracts the services of many of Ohio’s largest law firms, may not have been acting in bad faith in using an unenforceable clause in their leases. They may have just made a mistake.

TCG also had another interesting take on this, but I shall ask for a recess to wash my face. I’m either suffering from Ebola or this Mickey Mouse bullshytt is causing me to bleed from my eyes.

Pro Se Fantasy

I’ll see if I can quickly continue my little Pro Se fantasy.

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Paragraph 6(e) of the Amended Complaint alleges that Defendant made statements that Plaintiffs “pay residents for providing favorable online reviews…  At most, …the plaintiffs gave gift cards or gas cards if residents would leave online reviews, “whether favorable or unfavorable.”


The Connor Group pays for favorable or unfavorable reviews. (TRUE)

The Connor Group pays for favorable reviews. (TRUE)

The Connor Group pays for unfavorable reviews. (TRUE)

TCG just admitted the statement is true. So we’re done here, right?


Using an analogy, it would be one thing to say that a judge is paid to make decisions. It would be quite another to say that a judge is paid to make decisions favorable to labor unions!


Kudos to plaintiffs lawyer for being able to kiss ass while in the midst of such an over-reaching, double salchow into a twisted analogy. To correctly use TCG’s analogy:

The Connor Group recruits and pays witnesses to testify. It doesn’t matter, though, because TCG pays them no matter if their testimony if favorable or unfavorable.

A judge getting paid to behave as a judge is in no way suspect to begin with. A business paying for endorsements without disclosing their payment violates the Terms of Service of the targeted website and the FTC rules regarding paid endorsements, which have been in place since the Fifties and have been recently clearly defined as applicable to social media.

As plaintiffs pointed out, the judge get paid no matter which way this decision turns out. The entire courthouse will get paid no matter which way this Mickey Mouse bullshytt swings. The taxpayers of  the budget strapped governments of Montgomery County and the State of  Ohio get another way to help a billion dollar corporation besides that fancy new building by the airport.