Thursday, May 9, 2013

Resin Forge Sends C&D To Dakka



So the latest in the case of the alleged deception has been somewhat hysterically clarified by Dakka Dakka getting a Cease and Desist letter from a German firm.

What is amazing is that the C&D actually MAKES the case the Admin was making that Daniel Mandelbaum was using aliases!  The C&D is ridiculous on many levels, but the main Dakka forum admin decided to take the whole thread down.  The initial post which started it all can be read on my previous post, which will not be taken down.

From the Dakka Thread posted by Yakface, the main Dakka admin:

Roughly a week ago a thread was started on Dakka claiming that the owner of the company Resin Forge was none other that Daniel Mandelbaum.  

A couple of days ago, I received a Cease & Desist letter sent on behalf of Resin Forge and the owners of the company listed in the letter: Mr. Daniel Mandelbaum, Mr. Jason Martin & Mrs. Kim Hernandez, essentially asking me to stop defaming their clients (which would be both Resin Forge and its owners), claiming that this defamation has led to improper personal information being shared as well as alleged threats of bodily harm up to and including death.  

If you'd like to read the contents of the letter yourself, I have included a copy of its text at the end of this post in spoiler tags.  

To be perfectly clear, none of the posts in this previous thread were made by me, nor were they representative of my personal views as the owner and administrator of this website. I personally have no firsthand experience dealing with Resin Forge or its owners by their given names in any capacity.  

While I do not acknowledge that the existence of this previous thread on Dakka constitutes me defaming Resin Forge or its owners, I do believe that the contents of this Cease & Desist letter acknowledging that Daniel Mandelbaum is indeed the owner of Resin Forge essentially makes that previous thread redundant and therefore I have no issues complying with the request to remove that information (and as such the previous thread has since been removed).  

Naturally anyone interested in Mr. Mandelbaum and any of his alleged aliases (such as Matthew Bonder, RedStarOne, Lord.Serpius, Kellz1234, Susan Beasley) or his alleged involvement with a number of now defunct sites/businesses while using those aliases (such as Conversion Corner, Miniature Wargame Conversions, Three Stage Studios, Lord.Serpius ebay account, Great.Hobby.Bits ebay account, Double.Your.Bits ebay account) should feel free to do their own research and come to their own conclusions.  

While this thread will be left open for replies, it is very important to remember that no posts defaming, threatening or harassing Resin Forge or its owners will be allowed. Anyone breaking this rule will have their post edited or deleted and their account may be subject to further disciplinary action. Please remain classy!  

Here is the C&D letter text contents for those interested in reading it: 

Britcons LTD,
Kanalstr. 2,
91052 Erlangen,
Germany

08/05/2013

Mr. Regul, Jon
[address removed]

Dear Mr. Regul:

We represent Mr. Daniel Mandelbaum, Mr. Jason Martin, Mrs. Kim Hernandez and their company Resin Forge LTD (hereinafter referred to as "client"). If you are represented by legal counsel, please direct this letter to your attorney immediately and have your attorney notify us of such representation.
It has come to our attention that your website www.dakkadakka.com is spreading false, destructive, and defamatory rumors about my Client.
You are hereby directed to CEASE AND DESIST all defamation of my clients character and reputation.
My client has spent years in this profession, building a positive reputation. We realize that your Website is a Community and the posts as such where not written by yourself, however the posts are defamatory and causes substantial harm to my clients repuation as a business owner. Though you have a First Amendment right to state an opinion, you do not have a right to make false and defamatory statements against him.
The defamatory statements on your Website involved
• Alleged statements regarding business transactions which never took place.
• My clients participation in alleged criminal activities (To quote your (mod)majortom11, “Mandelbaum is a known scammer”), further quotes have been attached to this email as screenshots.

Leading to statements regarding Personal Information about his whereabouts, his family etc. (mothers Obituary) AND more importantly, threats of bodily harm against my client. My client has even received Death Threats due to your Website. (Not to mention the financial consequences for his company).

Accordingly, we demand that you please correct and retract the statements immediately.

If you do not comply with this cease and desist demand, my client is entitled to seek monetary damages and equitable relief for your defamation. In the event you fail to meet this demand, please be advised that my client has asked us to communicate to you that he will pursue all available legal remedies, including seeking monetary damages, injunctive relief, and an order that you pay court costs and attorney’s fees. Your liability and exposure under such legal action could be considerable.

Before taking these steps, however, my client wished to give you one opportunity to discontinue this illegal conduct by complying with this demand within 2 days.

Sincerely,

M. Duerkop, CEO
Britcons LTD  


The entire initial post remains on my blog here.  

I firmly support Dakka and the right of people to expose fraud and deception. 

Loken


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see no Judge order on this or signature or circuit court document # and seal. And it's a firm in Germany that has no jurisdiction to relate to matters on First Amendment rights in the United States. This was most likely written by the scammer himself, and falsifying C&D orders is a crime.

Loken said...

You should post that on the Dakka thread.

Anonymous said...

i am not an expert but a German firm would not ordinarily use LTD in its name the German equivalent of LTD or usually GmbH or KG plus after an admittedly brief google i cant find any evidence of a britcons ltd even existing

Millest said...

i know this is only adding to the conspiract but:

the only britcon i have ever heard of is an engineering firm from my home town:
http://www.britcon.co.uk/
the only german reference i can find is for a military convention, similar to adepticon but for dressing up as military figures etc :)

i also note (after receiving one of these mysef in the past) the contact details are incomplete, there is no contact number for example, though i acknoledge this may be out of choice. In addition as already pointed out the Ltd is not a german standard. there are too manythings look wrong with this to me. if these details are on the origional then i suggest the mods at Dakka check them.

finally the only mention of an M duerkop i can find on the net relates to the author of a few documents in the late 70's relating to deviant behaviour or in 1915 where one was prosecuted for trading with the enemy.

Millest said...

also as a follow up the postal code is wrong its is 91052 and the actual one is 91058 and on google maps appears to take you to a residential address - just a quik look :)

Anonymous said...

If I got this letter I would laugh and throw it in the trash. Oh no, not the Germans!!!

Phil Millar said...

yeah, google doen't show anything but this site and others talking about the letter for Britcons and M Duerkop, which is odd for the CEO of a law firm!

Phil Millar said...

Just called Britcon, to confirm that they don't have a legal office in Germany and are the only Britcon Ltd they know of. They are very confused as to why someone issued a C&D under their name

Bikeninja said...

Based on what you guys are saying I would bet money that is a standard letter with some fill in the blanks you can get from some of these cheesey legal websites.

The Eye of Error said...

It's just Mathaniel Bondelbaum shenanigans again....

Brian said...

Isnt it illegal to pose as a member of the legal proffesion~?

Cylux said...

Why is a rinky-dink Texas based Forgeworld bits re-seller, who apparently went into business on the back of 'having spare bits from making a Horus Heresy army', using an esoteric German legal firm to sort their legal matters out?

Someone's bullshi**ing, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

an other fraud of Daniel Madelbaum, on other collection of victims. I do not understand this guy.

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