I have just received an email from the lawyer who has
been working on the class action suit against Traffic Power for 15 months. This lawyer, John
Halebian from the law firm Lovell Stewart
Halebian LLP contacted me on August 9th 2004, saying that his firm had
done some research, and that they thought there was "a basis to bring
litigation". I would like to stress again, he contacted me
and offered to take the case. At the time, I had been working with a law firm in New Mexico,
and although things were progressing, the law firm involved was not exactly
excited about the whole thing, so when I received the email from Mr.
Halebian, it looked like the gods were finally smiling on our cause. It
appears that I
couldn't have been more wrong. As the months went by, I furnished Mr.
Halebian with every iota of information he requested. Over the years, I've
received thousands of emails from people who have been affected by
Traffic Power, from those like myself who have lost a couple of thousand
dollars, to companies who have had to lay off employees and even go out of
business completely. Also, I've heard from 17 ex-employees of Traffic Power, who have
furnished me with a ton of information. All of this information was offered
to Mr. Halebian.
As the months went by, I got a bit antsy, and
finally in January of 2005, I sent Mr. Halebian an email asking for some
kind of update. On January 6th, 2005 Mr. Halebian emailed me a "draft
complaint" that was about half filled out, and said that "the case has been
on the front burner and we should get very close to wrapping this up in a
week or two." Again, that was January 6th, 2005, over 11 months ago. Every
couple of months, I would ask for an update, and I would receive excuses
along with assurances that the law firm was still very interested, "even more
so than before". In the meantime, I was receiving emails every day, from
Traffic Power customers
who felt that they did not receive all that they were promised asking me for information on the class action suit. I
told each person the same thing, that the class action suit was in the
works, and as soon as I knew something, I would post it on my website. And
here is the post as promised, I'm writing today to say that I have received
an email from Mr. Halebian, the man working on the class action suit for
over 15 months, that says his firm will "not be able to continue to pursue
any type of legal redress on your behalf".
The reason? It seems that since Mr. Halebian's
law firm is in New York, and Traffic Power is in Nevada, a Nevada law firm
is needed to help with the suit, a firm that is experienced in consumer
fraud, Nevada law, and class actions. As far as I know, Mr. Halebian had
contacted one law firm, at least that was all I was aware of. Apparently
this law firm has passed on helping with the class action suit, and so, Mr.
Halebian has decided to drop the whole thing.
So, it looks like we are back to square one. I'd
like to apologize to the thousands of people who have emailed me asking
about the class action suit. I will start contacting new law firms tomorrow.
I do have a LOT more information now than I did 15 months ago, so things
should go a little quicker this time. Unfortunately, I have virtually
nothing to show for the past 15 months, except for a half filled out form,
but hopefully the next law firm will be able to do a better job than Lovell Stewart
I did offer to Mr. Halebian a chance to
address everyone about what he has been doing with the lawsuit for the past
15 months. If he decides to answer, I will post his response here. I'd
personally like to see what 15 months of work on a case like this looks
like, and I'm sure a couple of thousand other people would like to see what
they've been waiting for all this time also. If Mr. Halebian decides to
share this information with me, I'd be more than happy to post it here if
that is appropriate, or pass it along to the next law firm if it is not
information I can show here.