Law Enforcement Descends on OC Weekly Building!

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Brandon Ferguson
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011: We've got an update on the story here.

ORIGINAL POST, ___: Usually, when an aspiring journalist imagines the excitement of his job, he has visions of far-flung battlefields or back alley crime scenes in some gritty urban environment, not the sterile office-park building that houses the Costa Mesa newsroom where he works.

But that's exactly where the action unfolded yesterday, when several agents representing the California Department of Justice and at least one federal agent descended on our building. Damn straight we put a blockade around Moxley's office.

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Courtesy California Department of Justice

Thankfully, Big Brother didn't target us this time. The agents carried out seized boxes from our neighbor's office, the law firm of Anthony Kassas (with whom we share a common lobby), and corralled all of its well-heeled employees in the back parking lot before escorting them off the property. We tried to chat with four officers standing in our front lobby, some with shiny badges dangling from their necks. Though they were amiable and joked about looking for some tall guy with glasses, they said they couldn't discuss the operation.

But today, the California Department of Justice announced it has sued the law offices of  Kramer & Kaslow, two other unnamed law firms, three unnamed lawyers and 14 other defendants for what Attorney General Kamala Harris views as deceptive marketing practices, namely coercing homeowners to join "mass joinder law suits" against their mortgage lenders.

Yesterday's operation involved 19 DOJ agents, and 42 agents and other personnel from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development office of Inspector General, California State Bar and the Office of the Receiver, all of whom were dispatched to 14 locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

According to a press release made available by the DOJ today, 16 bank accounts were seized.

  "Defendants deceptively led homeowners to believe that by joining these lawsuits, they would stop pending foreclosures, reduce their loan balances or interest rates, obtain money damages and even receive title to their homes free and clear of their existing mortgages," the release alleges. "Consumers who paid to join the mass joinder lawsuits were frequently unable to receive answers to simple questions, such as whether they had been added to the lawsuit or even to establish contact with defendants ... When consumers contacted the defendants, they were given advice by sales agents, not attorneys."

We'd like to say we feel bad for the firm, whose doors have been shuttered, but the sight of an empty parking lot free of sports cars zipping through the spaces without regard for other drivers was nice.  Before the law firm arrived in this building, there was no need for signs to be placed around the smoking area asking folks not to spit on the handrails. And it was always a bit disheartening when you would encounter one of the nicely dressed employees in the halls and offered a friendly hello only to be looked at like something that had crawled from a storm drain. We wish them the best of luck.



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Kenny Fox
Kenny Fox

As an unknowing ex-employee of a firm that sold these so called mass joinders I'm happy to see them shut down. Most sales people were lead to believe that they were helping the homeowners only to find that they were making matters worse.

Endodok
Endodok

THIS IS A COMPLETE FRAUD ON THE PART OF THE BANKS, CHASE BEING ONE OF THEM.  My stepmother retained Kassas Law Group to demand that CHASE give loan modifications with the stimulus money they were given to do so.  Kassas Law Group vigorously  pursued CHASE and did everything they signed on to do w/their clients.  THERE WAS NO FRAUD ON THE PART OF KASSAS LAW GROUP.  THE FRAUD IS ON THE BANKS, CHASE A TOP PLAYER, AND I'M BEGINNING TO THINK THE ATTY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS ON THE PAYROLL OF THE BANKS.  KASSAS LAW GROUP SUBMITTED OVER 150 DECLARATIONS FROM CLIENTS STATING THEY WERE IN NO WAY DEFRAUDED BY KASSAS LAW GROUP.

Dump of slobs
Dump of slobs

STILL nothing from the mod slob dump shop??  After all the bullshit about not being part of Mesa, Mass Joinder etc etc. the shoe drops and all the cockroaches scatter hahaha.

I hate mod slobs
I hate mod slobs

Well what do you know, this news doesnt look good for the "LAW group."

The Receiver has today filed his Preliminary Report with the Court.  Click here to read.  This report includes a lengthy Appendix of Exhibits that is too voluminous for posting on this site.  Paragraph 3 of the Order Appointing Receiver, filed August 15, 2011, specifically authorizes and directs the Receiver to “continue and conduct the business[es], or cease operation of the business[es]” of the Non-Attorney Defendants over which the Receiver has been appointed.  Any continued operations were dependent upon the Receiver being able to determine that the businesses could be operated lawfully and profitably without violating the Court’s Orders.  At Section V, pages 44-45, of the Preliminary Report, the Receiver responds to this direction with the conclusion that the business of the Non-Attorney Defendants cannot be operated lawfully and profitably at this juncture because these businesses “are so intertwined in illegal fee splitting, deceptive advertising, and illegal loan modifications that they cannot be operated lawfully.”  As a result, the Receiver has suspended all operations at the sites of the Non-Attorney Defendants’ businesses.  That suspension will at minimum remain in effect until the Court holds its hearing and rules on the Order to Show Cause re Preliminary Injunction and Confirmation of Receiver.  That hearing is scheduled for September 2, 2011 in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys.

I hate mod slobs
I hate mod slobs

What is the status of the law dump?  Still not back in the building after all the posturing from their employees?  LOL

Bustin_B
Bustin_B

Wait a minute I thought The Law offices of Anthony Kassas was justa "MOD" shop? "MOD" shops don't sue people or companies.Sounds like someone shoved something into Mr. Yuong mouth besides the C#*k heshoves every night. 

 

Mr. Yuong, I have an idea.Why don't you keep your mouth shut when mom and dad are speaking? This is grownfoke shit son, not some free magazine at the door ofevery sleazy liquor store in Compton or Santa Ana AYE.

 

You talk about the"trash" that worked with Mr. Kassas? Don't throw stones when you livein a glass house. Let’s take a second to think about your operation. If itweren't for the prostitutes and marijuana dispensaries that yourPRESTIGIOUS company caterers to you wouldn't be able to make rent. Letalone your $10.00 per hour salary. I have a strong recommendation for you...

 

STFU! 

 

Kindly, 

 

Bustin B

G2
G2

August 25, 2011 NOTICE TO CLIENTS OF KASSAS LAW GROUPAttorney Kassas has taken possession of all client files which have a sale or court date in the next two weeks. Please contact Attorney Kassas at 949-734-5541 for further assistance.

Otown007
Otown007

If anyone wanted to actually read the official complaint.....her it is:

http://www.massjoinderreceiver...

No mention the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas. As far as I can tell the Law Office of Anthony Kassas employs something called "Alternative Dispute Resolution" or ADR not "Mass Joinder  Lawsuits, which is the subject of the law suit. 

As for Vince Vuong, there is no question that someone associated with the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas could sue Vince Yuong for Defamation. And if Vince Yuong doesn't have money, the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas could get to the OC Weekly under the doctrine of Vicarious Liability. 

What Vince Yuong has done is something called, "Slander per se". Which means that Mr. Yuong has published something that IS not true about their business relationships. Which means that the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas does NOT have to prove damages to be successful in the suit. 

As someone who has pretty intimate knowledge of this situation, I would be worried about a lawsuit Mr. Yuong. 

Bella
Bella

WOW!!! I cant believe it. My Mom trusted this law firm to help her with her home. She isn't one of those people that makes thousands of dollars a month and spends it irresponsibly. She is quite the opposite, she has been able to keep her home for 10 yrs on a limited income. Her home loan is ridiculous and she only makes enough to pay her mortgage and buy food. I can't believe there are people out there that would take advantage of those struggling to survive. She wanted to cry when I told her what I discovered on the internet.

Cara
Cara

We still have our peaceful office with clean bathrooms. No men in the woman's restrooms or slimy people walking in and out of a so called law firm.

Frank Zaragoza
Frank Zaragoza

i knew they crook it i hope i get back my money damn it....

Robert H, Fullerton
Robert H, Fullerton

Kamala Harris' office can take the time to investigate some shady law firm, but hasn't said or done anything to investigate the Fullerton Police Department - recently known for murder, torture, excessive force, witness intimidation, destroying evidence, perjury, assault and battery, sexual assault, etc.

Kall
Kall

Why all you people from OC weakly are so concerned and involved in this is beyond me. If seeing people fail, or what you think is failing, makes you happy...well that really says a lot about your character. I really can't wait to see your faces when these guys get back to work next week...so don't get too used to having your toilets free or those big bullies not blowing you kisses in the hallway( cause that's apparently what you want them to do when they see you). They'll be back & you'll continue to be jealous that they can afford those so called sports cars they zoom around in and you can't.

Bferguson
Bferguson

Did your stepmother pay a fee up front to Kassas to have her loan modified? 

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Please read for further information on the Kassas Law Group.  Mr. Kassas is now named in the complaint and his request to be lifted from receivership was denied with prejudice (not appealable).  

Calvin
Calvin

Google search OC WEEKLY. Click on the wikipedia link about them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O... . It clearly states the following: (THIS IS TRUE, I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP) Since OC Weekly is a free paper, it must rely upon its advertising revenue. Besides its ads for hip clothing stores, restaurants and nightclubs, there are also ones for cosmetic surgery, erotica, massage services, and cannabis clubs

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Kassas law group, the corporate entity is in the hands of a receiver.  Please call the Office of the California Department of Justice for assistance in filing your claim against this firm if you were a former client and feel you have been wronged.

Usedtaworkthere
Usedtaworkthere

 And I'm sure that's why Vince had to remove his comments. Like there are not a ton of screen shots from these emails we have been passing between each other. The notice they put on the door was photographed (on the door). It was taken and handed straight to Kassas himself. He was to say the least, very upset.

GC
GC

Bella, Tell her to stay in touch with the firm. They are not done. Intake may be but the Attorney is finishing what they started. Next hearing is on Monday. I would tell her to stay in touch. To ignore this and go off of the post on the net would be foolish. Think about it, you could go onto the net and write whatever you want now if you feel like it. Confirm everything before a mistake is made.

I Hate Mod Slobs
I Hate Mod Slobs

Wow where to begin.. I knew a couple people working at that mod slob shop.. LOL what a dump full of worthless people.  The loan mod industry is the most useless group of human trash on the planet.  That and debt settlement. I would see these pathetic losers out front smoking all the time, acting as if they have a legit job LMAO.  Biggest group of worthless people ive ever seen.  Good riddance and may your attorneys rot with the rest you cock roaches.

AG
AG

Cara, seriously with the bathroom?  If your fat ass wasn't irregular you could hold it until you got home like most ladies.  Your just bitter because those "slimy people" wouldn't give your busted mug the time of day. 

AG
AG

I'm sure their Monday was still better than yours.  You woke up, dick was still little, and your eyes were still slanted.  Go hang out in the bathroom so you can have some more material to report.  "This just in, somebody spit on the handrail!"  Let's post it on our company website!  Fucking ground breaking stuff guys keep it up!

Vincent Vuong
Vincent Vuong

Frank, all their assets have been frozen and their office will be in receivership for a long while according to the lawyers in charge of going through their files.  These lawyers will not be done for weeks.  Please call the California DOJ for more information on getting your money back.

Vincent Vuong
Vincent Vuong

These guys are not coming back.  The case against Kassas is huge.  I mean, the tenant signed on the building's lease is NOT Kassas, but Mesa Law Group - the same law firm that features the same "motto" on their website as Kassas (seriously, what law firm uses a motto like that? -- none), whose packages we received with the office name "Mesa Law Group" instead of Kassas.  They have a lot of info against these mirror firms so just stop it guys.  You are NOT coming back.  BTW, illegal activity under state or federal law automatically voids your contract with the building.  Read leasing clauses carefully -- so you can't come back.  Get it?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Nice to see you support people who mess with the public!

lol@you
lol@you

LOL@ Endodok, please STFU.. You are probably a Kassas employee. LOL @ your conspiracy theories. 150 declarations out of HOW many clients that got booked?? Thats right, very small percentage there moron.  Everyone knows the banks are a mess.. Does that give companies like Kassas the right to charge up front and fee split when they know its illegal?? Go away moron. 

Bustin_B
Bustin_B

After reading all of these comments and accusations made by Mr. TRANNGUYEN VONG whatever your name is. You should be worried that your mouth iswriting checks your body can’t cash, or your prestigious magazine.

Seriously come on gentlemen and Ladies. Is this even necessary? Youpeople are supposed to be “Journalists right”?, (more like BLOGERS). Your argumentis solely based on who was in the bathroom and who took longer to handle their business?Or the funniest one where someone spit on a railing? Ohh and even better wasthe one where someone driving there expensive car fast in the parking lot? Whothe hell made you the parking attendant? Who does that? REALLY?  ESTUPID! Now that’s real journalism rightthere.

The bottom line is that this is obviously “big brother” (the banks notthe government) doing. We have a case against Indymac/onewest that clearly won itsfirst phase. They are pushing to make sure we aren’t successful at helping thepeople. The fight shouldn’t be amongst us, but against the banks that lie, cheat,and steal from the people. You’ll never understand that because all you areworried about is who took longer in the bathroom or who sped away in theparking lot. I have an idea OCWEEKLY, why not try and help the situation outand be a productive members of society, instead of infecting us with your DRUGSAND PROSITUTION magazine. “Ohh and btw, this magazine is accessible to childrensince it’s free to the public.

Seriously pull your head out…

Bustin B.

 

Bustin_B
Bustin_B

Once again, another diarrhea of the mouth. If the actual law firm wasreally in the hands of the receiver like you are stating in your comment. Thenplease explain how he is still representing a case today? http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org...

Case number GC047829

How do you explain your last comment?  “Theoffice is forbidden to practice in any capacity until its hearing in September”?

Keeprunning your gums. Get your facts straight. This is just making you look moreignorant….

 

BustinB.

Calvin
Calvin

You can thank the GC for that too. Siit Siit. It (meaning the letter OC Weekly posted everywhere) was totally inaccurate and they were broadcasting it. On the real, I talked with a few of the OC Weekly people on the side and they were feeding us info on Brandon and Vince. Seems like lines have been drawn in the sand. And an employee of OC Weekly admitted he was the Spitter. This has been fun playing though. Its a shame homeowners are the ones who have to suffer over this mess.

Tip of the Cap for my man Gold! He took the belt to OC Geekly.

Otown007
Otown007

Vince did take a lot of his posts down. He probably did so after taking advice from his from his Judge and Lawyer friends. 

Calvin
Calvin

G2 is right. This link shows that Kassas is allowed to work a portion of the files. This is the first step towards being opened back up. I am sorry you clients have to get information like this but it will all play out. OC Weekly shot their load too early like whats expected of a Bottom Tier paper that employees multiple Criminals like Gustavo. Vince Vuong tried to get hard but we made him put his sweater back around his waist. No Attorney General is going to allow a "Scam Artist" to work files. Please everyone keep a open attitude about this and we will get past this with positive days ahead of us. Lastly, I wonder if OC Weekly will write an apology for their misleading article.And for Vince Vuong's childish behavior. I heard he was trying to stir the pot at the office when the employees went back. This shows his true character. And for the Record, I have blown it up in their bathroom each and every down we have been off work. I got pictures to prove it.

GC! Siit Siit...

Bella
Bella

My mom still has hope that this law firm was not involved. I read all the official complaints and it does not name The Law Office of Anthony Kassas but it's a little discouraging to read the lawsuit and think to myself that it sounds very similar to how business was conducted at this firm. I would feel better if there was actually some sort of communication with the clients to reassure that everything is still going to continue as agreed upon. Its kinda sad that the only means of communicating is on this blog. So the question is, how do we keep in contact????

Sam
Sam

how do we stay in touch with the firm when all calls are routed to the cal bar?  I am of the opinion the Kassas should be on the phone personally reassuring his clients that he is not a part of this scam.  It is time for him to step up to the plate.

Mcadamssd
Mcadamssd

I am in the same situation....how do we keep in touch with the firm when all numbers are routed to the cal bar. ?  I am thinking that Kassas should be on the phone personally reasurring HIS clients that things will move forward and he is not a part of this scam.

Moonalisa
Moonalisa

When are they going to contact us clients? We were assured our case would be all settled up before our forbearance was over, its over this September first, and now one west bank wants 10,000.00 from us  for a down payment to even consider a repayment plan for the rest of the monthly payment from the forbearance or they will start to foreclose. I can not hang on much longer. And yes , we too are not rich, we can barely pay our mortgage and then food, one west bank keeps adjusted up our mortgage rates,  we are a small little family with a small little indie artisan company who trusted their best friend who as a broker who got us into the horrible loan and  then our neighbors who got their mod  and referred us to Kassas Law, how could we have know better?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Racist bullshit against one of the Weeklings? REAL adult-like. Just remember what Mark Twain said about messing with people who buy ink by the barrel...

Waldo Pepper
Waldo Pepper

Wow this is great. I was scammed by these guys, took them to Small Claims court. In the court room I was offered a cash payoff, less then what I gave them but I took the money and the check cleared. It was not a lawyer that came to court it was one of the sales people, he was a Telemarketer, not a lawyer. In court he refered to the money I had paid them and requested back from them, as Chump Change. Looks like that "Chump" could use some change about now. Good Luck CHUMP

Pickingonidiots
Pickingonidiots

At least you have a pic so when we see you we now know who to say hi too!

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Please disregard prior messages.  The office of the receiver will decide whether to name The Kassas Law Firm after their investigation is complete.  As of now, the Kassas Law Firm is still under investigation.  If you have any questions, please contact the office of the receiver through the website, http://www.massjoinderreceiver....

Calvin
Calvin

And its a shame that OC Geekly tried to put words in Richard Tapia's mouth. Though it was clever, it wasn't right.

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Kassas Law Firm is linked to Mesa Law Group.  An official report from the law office of the receiver will further explain Kassas' involvement.  They are not named, but they are intrinsically linked.  Good luck to your mother Bella.  As of now they are prohibited from continuing their loan modification/bankruptcy operations.

Otown007
Otown007

Bella, 

It sounds similar but what the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas does is something called Alternative Dispute Resolution. You can read about it here: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... 

You can also read about it at www.kassaslaw.com. Essentially what it is, is settlement before a trial. Generally most "ADR" cases are heard before a mediator and can be unbinding or binding depending on what's agreed to. 

The lawsuit, which Vince Yuong and others are claiming is about is Law Offices of Anthony Kassas(and as you read, Anthony Kassas was not named),  is about "mass joinder lawsuits" in which numerous homeowners join one lawsuit. It sounds good in theory but it actually is, for the lack of a better word, a scam. Hence, that's why there is a law suit.

What your Mother is a part of is ADR(at least I am fairly confident about). Obviously anytime that things are said like what has been said on this thread, it can be unnerving. Especially if you Mother is in a delicate financial position. 

I do not know what the out come of the law suit will be nor do I know what will happen to the Law Offices of Anthony Kassas but I wouldn't jump to conclusions just because statements are posted on a random blog by disgruntled, immature and ignorant people.

God Bless. 

Calvin
Calvin

Bella, Hang in there. I agree this blog shouldnt be the only means of reaching people. I am actually glad OC Weekly wrote this Factual Inaccurate article so now we casn atleast communicate. If i was you, i would email akassas@kassaslaw.com.

Usedtaworkthere
Usedtaworkthere

 Hearing is next week. As a counselor I am out of work now so have nothing to gain by telling you stories. I would hold out to next week. He has to finish files and the State knows this.

909Jeff
909Jeff

My oh my!!!!

How did I miss this juicy little soire'?  A Felon Huh?  A felon?  and you have the stones to call me names!

Vincent Vuong
Vincent Vuong

You know it is perjury to lie to official state and court investigators, saying that "this law firm" has nothing to do with us when in fact, the Mesa Law Group is at least, funding your tenancy through its money and name at the OC WEEKLY building... That's illegal in itself buddy. "dum dum" dumb...

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