Manziel’s agent says acceptance of hoax lawsuit reflects a “real problem” with system

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Maybe justice really is blind.  Stupid, too.

While the lawsuit filed in Florida against Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will provide:  (1) plenty of entertainment on what could have been a slow day before a holiday weekend; and (2) an array of terms that fans of opposing teams can use to chide him, from Long John Silvers to Vienna Sausage to “It’s a Small World,” the hoax complaint filed under the name of an HLN contributor never should have been dignified with the official application of a case number.

“Obviously, people can file whatever they want,” Manziel’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, told PFT on Friday morning.  “Jokes notwithstanding, that’s a real problem.”

Compounding the problem is the fact that, as reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the clerk of the court said the person submitting the lawsuit is a “frequent filer” who uses Samantha Schacher as an alias.  If that’s the case, shouldn’t they be pulling (that may not be the best term in this context) anything that this person sent in for filing?

And if the clerk knows who’s doing it, shouldn’t that person be prosecuted for violation of one or more federal laws?  Surely, federal laws have been violated.

Apparently, federal procedures weren’t.  Those procedures need to change.

15 responses to “Manziel’s agent says acceptance of hoax lawsuit reflects a “real problem” with system

  1. The real problem with these frivolous filings is that the defendent must still respond, costing them $$$ in attorney fees. Get a group of people together and they can “file” you nearly into bankruptcy paying attorneys.

  2. It’s not up to the clerk of courts to decide if a lawsuit has merit. It is up to a judge to decide this. Procedure is there for a reason. The Constitution guarantees us the right to “due process”.

    I would rather have a judge toss this out by following procedure than someone who is not legally qualified to determine if a lawsuit has merit.

    JM’s agent needs to stop whining. The legal system isn’t going to change because of who his client is.

    What ticks me off the most about this is that, if this is indeed a hoax, the person who is perpetuating it just made it more difficult for people who actually are sexually harassed to seek justice for that. If anything, that is why we should be outraged, not because someone used JM’s reputation against him for possible gain.

  3. You have to admit, it’s an excellent marketing opportunity for Team Manzeil.

    Manzeil’s Vienna Sauage! On sale for only .79 cents, this week only at Wal Mart.

  4. I agree with Kathy Kramer that we can’t have clerks deciding what suits do and don’t have merit.

    That doesn’t mean we have to throw up our hands and refuse to examine possible fixes. Off the top of my head, why not allow a judge to sanction the most egregious offenders on top of dismissing the suit? A couple of hefty fines might slow this clown down, I would think.

  5. I think anyone that files any lawsuit should be fingerprinted, and must show legal identification. Manziel should sue this idiot to no end, and then the State of Florida should file Federal Perjury charges against the filer.

  6. There’s definitely a problem if there’s no repercussions for this. Can’t the judge fine or give jail time to the person who filed this?

  7. Manziel’s attorney’s should file a countersuit for malicious prosecution. They should be agressive and go after this person.

    The problem for Manziel is that it is a public relations fiasco and distraction when he should be focused on becoming the best QB he can.

    There have also been discussions of changing the litigation system to a “loser pays” attorneys’ fees like is the case in England. That never gains much traction but would help discourage filings like this.

    And the clerk of courts has no business making judgement calls on teh quality of suits being filed.

  8. The only way to stop this is to change the system to a loser pays system, When these people got Johnny’s bill for his attorney fees, they would never do it again.
    And everyone else would get the point and stop playing around with the legal system looking for a free ride.

  9. As a Cowboys fan, I have to say that I am sooooo happy that we did the smart thing and pass on this guy. He is going to always be a sideshow for whatever team he is on.

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