More on Robert M. Fletcher (and I will have yet more to say about him).
Fletcher and his various scams have been mentioned here before:
What isn’t generally known is that Robert M. Fletcher sued me, and Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss. My post that particularly got under his skin was this one; I know this because he quoted it in his frivolous lawsuit:
This agency is an utter fraud.
What will Poet’s Literary Agency do for you? They’ll betray, bluff, burn, cheat, chisel, con, deceive, delude, diddle, double-cross, dupe, entice, exploit, finesse, flimflam, gyp, have, hoodwink, impose on, jockey, juggle, lure, manipulate, mislead, play, rook, rope in, scam, screw, seduce, shave, snow, stick, string along, suck in, take, take in, and trick you.
The Ann Crispin/Victoria Strauss portion appears to be over.
See (for the moment):
below the cut. Highlight:
Over time, Fletcher used over ten names for publishing operations under the umbrella of the AEG Publishing Group. Basically, Fletcher and LAG were running a fraud by charging fees for all services while falsely giving hope to the authors that Fletcher and LAG would find a publisher for their book.
UPDATE 20AUG09 They’re changing their name (again!) to Strategic Book Group
Continued below the cut.
Bobby has renamed his scam (again) to Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency (SBPRA), Publish On Demand Global, Best Quality Editing Services, and Best Selling Book Rights Agency, plus a dozen other names.
Robert Fletcher and
THE LITERARY AGENCY GROUP,
An individual and a corporation,
ANN CRISPIN and
VICTORIA STRAUSS, Indiviuals,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ON DEFENDANTS
ANN CRISPIN AND VICTORIA STRAUSS’S MOTION
FOR ATTORNEYS FEES AND COSTS PURSUANT TO CH. 231, § 6F
This civil action was commenced on January 24, 2008 by the Literary Agency Group and one of its principals, Robert Fletcher against the defendants, Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss, and alleged that they both defamed Literary Agency Group (LAG) and its principal, Robert Fletcher (Fletcher) by publishing reports in Writer Beware of the plaintiff’s alleged fraud, misrepresentations and dishonesty towards authors who are looking for a publisher for their books. LAG and Fletcher would require fee charges for literary agency services, fee based publishing and fee based critique and editing referrals. Over time, Fletcher used over ten names for publishing operations under the umbrella of the AEG Publishing Group. Basically, Fletcher and LAG were running a fraud by charging fees for all services while falsely giving hope to the authors that Fletcher and LAG would find a publisher for their book.
This civil action claimed that the plaintiff, Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss were defaming and libeling them by publishing warnings to potential authors of the fraudulent practices of LAG and Fletcher. The attorney for LAG and Fletcher on the date of the filing of this action sought a temporary restraining order against the defendants to remove the critical comments which were on the web site of Writer Beware, and to cease publishing any further defamatory publications about the plaintiffs. In lieu of entertaining the Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, the Court issued an order of notice. The Motion for a Preliminary Injunction as to the co- defendant, James McDonald [sic], came on for hearing on October 9, 2009 which was denied by the Court. To this judge’s knowledge from a review of the file and docket, there was never a hearing on a preliminary injunction as to the defendants, Crispin and Strauss.
There were some discovery motions filed by the parties. The defendants, Crispin and Strauss, noticed the deposition of the plaintiff, Robert Fletcher, who failed to attend. The defendants obtained an order by the Court requiring him to attend, and he again failed to attend. The plaintiff’s counsel indicated that neither plaintiff intended to comply with any discovery requests. The Court on March 19, 2009 ordered the Complaint dismissed as to both defendants, Crispin and Strauss. The defendant, James McDonald [sic] had already been dismissed by the Court. On April 29, 2009, the defendants, Crispin and Strauss, moved under ch. 231, § 6F for the defendants to be ordered to pay their counsel fees and costs incurred because this case was brought by the plaintiffs in bad faith, was and is frivolous and was brought only to curb the defendants, Crispin and Strauss’ first amendment rights.
FINDING OF FACTS
This civil action was brought by the plaintiffs to intimidate the defendants from publishing articles critical to the plaintiff’s business practices. The plaintiff had no intention of proceeding or winning the lawsuit. The plaintiff, Robert Fletcher, sent multiple e-mails to both defendants, Crispin and Strauss threatening them with both physical harm and threatening them with this lawsuit. In fact, in two of his e-mails, he indicated that his purpose was not to prevail in the lawsuit but just to bankrupt the defendants, Crispin and Strauss.
After the civil action commenced, the plaintiffs refused to give any discovery at all and Fletcher himself refused to attend his noticed deposition after being ordered by the Court to attend.
Eventually, the defendants, Crispin and Strauss, moved to dismiss the case for Fletcher’s failure to attend his deposition, as ordered by the Court.
The plaintiffs have exhibited extreme bad faith in bringing this frivolous lawsuit for the sole purpose causing great expense and harassment to Crispin and Strauss. Fletcher expressly states that it was his purpose in the e-mails. This Court concludes and finds that this case was brought in bad faith by the plaintiffs for the mere purpose of causing great inconvenience and financial costs to Crispin and Strauss (as set out in Fletcher’s pre-lawsuit e-mails to the defendants, Crispin and Strauss). This case is frivolous and this Court finds so, finds that the two plaintiffs and their lawyer, Jerrold G. Neeff, knew it to be frivolous before it even commenced. This Court rules that the defendants, Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss are entitled to have all their legal fees and expenses incurred paid to them by the plaintiffs, Robert Fletcher and The Literary Agency Group.
This Court finds that the claims asserted by the plaintiffs to be wholly insubstantial, frivolous and not advanced in good faith.
The defendants, Ann Crispin and Victoria Strass’s Motion for Attorney Fees and Costs under ch. 231 § 6F is ALLOWED. Counsel for said defendants shall file an affidavit within twenty days of the date of this Order setting the legal work performed by each lawyer or paralegal, the amount of time involved, the hourly rates for each person involved and any expenses incurred.
By the Court,
Thomas E. Connolly
Justice of the Superior Court
Date: July 31, 2009
Case Number: L07-3-1146
Subject of investigation:
Writer’s Literary Agency Group, Writer’s Literary Agency, Writer’s Literary & Publishing Services, New York Literary Agency, Writer’s Literary Children’s Agency, The Children’s Literary Agency, Children’s Book Publishing Agency, Writer’s Literary Poet’s Agency, Poet’s Literary Agency, Poetry Book Publishing Agency, The Christian Literary Agency, Writer’s Literary Screenplay Agency, Screenplay Writers’ Agency, The Screenplay Agency, The Literary Agency Group, f/k/a Rapidpublishing-screenwriter911, Inc., Stylus Literary Agency, S T Literary Agency, Inc. , Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company, Writers’ Book Publishing Agency, Strategic Publishing Group, Strategic Book Publishing, Strategic Book Marketing, AEG Publishing Group, My Editor Is A Saint, Author’s Edge, Sydra-Techniques, Global Book Agency, Eloquent Books, and Robert M. Fletcher a/k/a Robert Williams a/k/a Bob WIlliams a/k/a Robert West and Leslie Williams a/k/a Leslie W. Mroz
699 SW 8th Terrace, Boca Raton, FL 33486-5509 (Home Address) 1355 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 (P.O. Box) or 3840 West Hillsboro Blvd., #302, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 (P.O. Box)
Allegation or issue being investigated:
(1) Charging aspiring writers various fees totaling hundreds of dollars for professional services that were either not rendered at all or were not rendered in good faith; (2) Charging for unnecessary services; and (3) Creating unreasonable consumer expectations concerning their prospects for publication by failling to criticize submitted drafts, in order to encourage the consumer and collect more fees.
AG unit handling case:
Economic Crimes Division in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
If you, or anyone you know, has had any contact with Fletcher under any of his names, or any of his businesses, please get in touch with the State of Florida.
Please spread this word everywhere.