Conlan Press shuts down internet sales, faces lawsuit by Lake 

Peter Beagle supports the mission to expose and fix bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Connor is facing litigation in relation to this site – never trust info about it sourced from him.

A positive step for cheated customers

Months after announcing bankruptcy, Conlan Press has shuttered its web store. Only a plain contact page remains at the home page. This pauses a longstanding worry about innocent people falling into problems surrounding its sole proprietor Connor Cochran. Warning customers has been a steadfast purpose for Fans Against Fraud since 2014. The risk may be less now, but countless people still have no resolution about how Connor treated them for many years.

Almost 10 years for this product.
The stories keep coming…

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Bankruptcy court sends Connor Cochran to liquidation, with new details about his shady business for The Last Unicorn Tour.

Peter Beagle supports the mission to expose and fix bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Connor is facing litigation in relation to this site – never trust info about it sourced from him.

Peter  just turned 79, with many birthday wishes from fans!

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BANKRUPTCY STATUS  

In January, Connor Cochran was due in court to face Peter’s claims of elder abuse. One day before trial, he filed for bankruptcy to evade it.  Cheated customers for undelivered goods were then angered at his insistence that it wasn’t real bankruptcy.

That manipulation can’t continue. In April, the bankruptcy court denied Connor’s attempt to get Chapter 11 restructuring and sent him to Chapter 7 liquidation. (Definition: he must sell business assets to pay creditors.) Expect games to hide assets – he already has a record of hiding personal income to dodge debts by disguising it as company expenses – but the dogs are on his heels.

The vast majority of value seems to be The Last Unicorn property. The next steps will decide what creditors get, including Peter. That’s now being sorted out with others, based on business done with the property after Cochran took control of it. Others may have honest claims, but at the least, Peter is breaking free of someone who isn’t.

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A CREDITOR’S STORY OF BEING CHEATED 

Sandbox LLC, the investors who funded The Last Unicorn Tour, sued Cochran for fraud when Peter did. A new legal document from them illuminates shady business by Cochran at the heart of this story:

  • It has the original 2012 agreement that Cochran made with Sandbox to fund the movie tour – he took $300,000 from them. (Page 17)
  • He promised the money would only be used for tour expenses until they were paid what they were owed. (Page 13)
  • Instead, Cochran spent tour funding as personal play money for luxury goods, massages, house landscaping, and a trip to Hawaii. (Page 12.)
  • They also sued for fraud, because Cochran conned them to pay based on his claim that he had permission to re-release a remastered version of the movie from ITV (the UK rights holders). He didn’t. (Page 14)
  • It supports what came out when this site was founded in 2014 – nonexistent goods were sold to customers with false promises about their creation.

There’s also a $6 million budget for Cochran’s plan to remaster the movie, including for merchandise and undelivered products. Customers should see this.

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Judge lifts stay in Connor Cochran bankruptcy – Peter Beagle gets green light to reclaim his rights

Peter Beagle supports the mission to expose and fix bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Connor is facing litigation in relation to this site – never trust info about it sourced from him.

Fans have been requesting updates since we posted in January 2018. Neil Gaiman shared our page as a source for the story; the official Peter Beagle page reshared that, and comic creator Colleen Doran supported Peter too. The whole story takes a lot of reading, but Peter has been suing his ex manager Connor Cochran, who’s on a losing streak in court. Cochran tried to game the system by claiming Peter was alcoholic and mentally unfit, conspiring with Peters kids to put him in conservatorship, suing Peter’s lawyer, and countersuing Peter. It all failed in court, getting harsh criticism from the judge. On the day before trial, Connor filed for bankruptcy and fled for cover under an automatic stay of proceedings.

PETER’S FIGHT FOR HIS RIGHTS IS BACK ON!

Thanks to Peter’s dedicated legal team, the stay is lifted. And he isn’t the only creditor coming after Cochran in court… Here’s the legal doc. Please keep in mind what Peter’s Facebook page posted:

Bankruptcy law advice does not come cheap – I ask that if you can, help support Peter by donating to his legal fund at supportpeterbeagle.com. Any amount is gratefully appreciated.

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Bankruptcy filed by Connor Cochran – alert for anyone awaiting merchandise from Conlan Press.

Peter Beagle supports the mission to expose and fix bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Connor is facing litigation in relation to this site – never trust info about it sourced from him.

Colleen Doran gave even more perspective on Peter Beagle’s fight. She’s a NY Times bestselling comics creator and a great source for creator’s rights.

The story of legal action until now:

In the early 2000’s, Connor Cochran took control of Peter’s career. While operating in Peter’s name, he gained screening rights to the Last Unicorn movie, took in a $500,000 settlement for it, and started a tour that sold large amounts of merchandise for the business Connor controlled.

Meanwhile, as exposed by this site, Connor was dodging a judgement of $83,000 he owed to his ex wife since 1999. That meant running personal finances through company accounts to hide them and claim little to no income, according to legal documents about it. Behind the front of doing good for Peter, Connor also cheated countless customers who are still waiting for goods since 2005, stiffed vendors on debts, and took a large amount of money from an elderly kid’s art teacher, before countersuing to beat back her attempts to get what she was owed.

Then he sued his own family for money from his mother’s estate, based on his word that she was alcoholic and mentally unfit. The courts rejected his claims. Multiple lawsuits against his family were thrown out in 2014.

In 2015, Peter Beagle sued him (it was followed by another lawsuit for hundreds of thousands from The Last Unicorn Tour investors). Cochran responded by:

  1. Claiming Peter was alcoholic and mentally unfit.
  2. Conspiring with Peters kids to put him in conservatorship. It was thrown out.
  3. Suing Peter’s lawyer. It was thrown out.
  4. Countersuing Peter. It was thrown out.

The scummy tactics always blame someone or something else for problems in which Cochran is the common denominator. When the claims fail he shifts to a new scapegoat or delay game. Dragging on forever runs up costs so he can take what he wants, using the court process – a venue for resolving conflict – as a weapon.

Latest tactics, January 2018:

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Peter Beagle lawsuit news: Connor Cochran’s bullying tactics slammed by the court, Connor loses countersuit against Peter.

Peter Beagle supports the mission to expose and fix bad business practices by Connor Cochran. (The long history starts in the sidebar.) Connor is also being countersued in relation to this site – Don’t believe any info about it sourced from him.

Court says “frivolous” in black and white. (10/24/17)

In a hail-mary move, Connor Cochran recently tried to get Peter Beagle’s entire lawsuit thrown out. Peter is suing for 15 causes. 14 of them prevailed, with the remaining one being covered by another one. Assuming no further delay, Connor will have to defend himself at trial for fraud and elder abuse in January 2018.

Connor’s pretext for attacking Peter’s causes was “lack of evidence” – it’s a circular argument when the evidence is being withheld.  The court wasn’t fooled: “The fact that Beagle does not know how much money was unpaid is apparently due to Defendants’ refusal to provide him an accounting, as alleged.” (You can look at court records by searching case RG15794528, or read the judgement PDF.)

The judgement also grants truth to what close observers have known for a long time: “The vast majority of Defendants’ motion may accurately be characterized as frivolous.” Connor was just stalling and inflicting costs to try avoiding any consequences for wrongdoing.

In legal terms, frivolous doesn’t just mean silly.  It means inherently unjust, lacking in merit, or otherwise unscrupulous – something done by bullies.  Before the judge said it, our last post dug into Connor’s history of abusive legal tactics against his opponents (from elderly ex-clients to his own family).  We’ve been describing Connor as “power abuser and bully” since 2014, when we promised the site would stay live until fairness is won. Now we’re happy to see validation for what we’ve been saying since the start, but even more happy for Peter. Peter’s case is alive and well, and nobody who is confident about defending would use such sleazy tactics to avoid consequences.

But Connor keeps trying.  (The definition of insanity comes to mind.)

Connor is claiming that he wrote Peter Beagle’s work – a move to “humiliate and punish an old man he was supposed to be helping” – Peter fires back.

A comment from Connor describing how he intends to seize Peter’s recent novel In Calabria from its publisher and correct it with Connor’s own idea of how the book should be written:

Linked at SupportPeterBeagle.com, or from his friend/editor:

A statement from Peter S. Beagle, in direct response to Connor Cochran's claims of co-authorship to Peter's stories….

Posted by Deborah Grabien on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Peter’s complete answer to Connor’s claims:

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New filing in Peter Beagle’s lawsuit shows Connor Cochran’s history of abusive legal tactics.

Peter Beagle supports the call to the report of the lost merchandise from Conlan Press and bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Take action! (More in sidebar.) Connor Cochran is being countersued in relation to this site – Do not believe any info about it sourced from him.

Check out  the new post on Peter’s support site with a legal filing for sanctions against Connor. It describes his dirty legal tactics against Peter, and his history of gaming the system. It led to many court orders against him, including:

  • In 2016, Connor sued Peter’s lawyer with a claim that she was causing “undue influence” by simply representing Peter.  She won and the court awarded her $24,915 for legal fees. Connor refuses to pay it.
  • In another case in 2017, he was ordered to pay $3,000 for refusing to produce documents. (See page 34 in the filing).
  • In 2014, a Los Angeles court sentenced Connor to jail for contempt. Yet again, it was for refusing to produce documents in a complaint by Connor’s ex-wife about an $83,502.64 debt he refused to pay. (See page 37-39 in the filing.)

Connor’s jail sentence was settled by 60 hours of community service and 3 years of probation. (That means he was on probation from 2014-2017 during The Last Unicorn Tour, while he hustled Peter around and made him sleep on couches.)  To avoid jail, he was also ordered to pay $11,562 for his ex-wife’s legal fees.

Pay attention to the costs made by this behavior.

Stretching out the legal process is Connor’s weapon. He runs up costs for others while leveraging cheap service for himself  by an unlicensed lawyer (Charles Petit, who lost his license for cheating a client). The more Connor delays, the more power he gains from mismatched resources.  

That’s why the court is NOT equal access here. Anyone without a movie and free lawyer service is fighting on a tilted field. That’s how Connor preys.

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Peter Beagle seeks an injunction to stop unlawful sale of his work – his fans don’t know the money funds the opponent he is suing.

Peter Beagle supports the call to report missing merchandise from Conlan Press and bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Take action! (More in sidebar.)

Connor Cochran is being countersued in relation to this site. Don’t believe any info about it sourced from him (all of it is.)

In 2014, Fans Against Fraud blew the whistle about Connor’s record of wrongdoing. He tried to silence it by retaliating against people he accused of involvement with this site.  It resulted in a countersuit for defamation and a firm stand about the truth.

Meanwhile, Peter Beagle is also in the process of suing him. Here’s the main story:

PETER FILED FOR AN INJUNCTION AGAINST CONNOR COCHRAN AND CONLAN PRESS ON 7/26/17. (PDF OF THE DOCUMENT HERE.)

There have been many requests for updates about Peter. Now his official site has posted about the injunction.“If you’re a fan or supporter of Peter’s, this will give you a look at the damage being done to him.” His supporters are working to stop the damage.

AMANDA PALMER REACTS TO “HORRIBLE” HAPPENINGS, “UNKNOWING FANS”

Peter’s appeal to the court isn’t just to stop losing money made from his work.  It’s also about how his own work is used against him. When fans think they’re buying goods that support Peter, they’re inadvertently funding Connor’s fight to keep Peter’s rights away. It’s a perverse anti-creator situation.

The document has an exhibit from one fan who may catch your eye.  When she found out about this, it made her speak up for creator’s rights.

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Peter S. Beagle fans, speak out! Your help is wanted to verify info publicized by Fans Against Fraud, with a new attorney joining the fight for fairness.

UPDATE: This message is approved by Peter S. Beagle, who says: “I support Patrick Lake. I urge anyone who has ever ordered any merchandise from Conlan Press, and received neither their merchandise nor a refund, or has complaints about Connor Cochran’s business practices, to please contact Patrick’s legal representation, David M. Helbraun, at dmh@helbraunlaw.com.”

Dear readers of Fans Against Fraud,

Many of you know that as a result of FAF’s efforts to publicize business practices of Connor Cochran and his Conlan Press, he has sued one of the persons who have been critical of him in the past, Patrick Lake.

A few years ago, Patrick was forced to get a lawyer to pursue Cochran for broken promises, after he signed a contract with Patrick but refused to live up to it.  Cochran then attacked Patrick, claiming he “forged” Cochran’s signature on the contract, and proceeded to sue Patrick.

As a news source said about Cochran’s tactical accusations in another matter:

“Given the general tone of the accusations and how things have shaken out thus far, fans may be forgiven if they cast a jaundiced eye on them.”

LAST UNICORN Author Peter S Beagle Mentally OK, Heirs’ Lawyer Quits – Kelly Luck, SciFi4Me.com, 7/13/2016

On behalf of Patrick, we’re asking everyone whose stories or concerns about Cochran were ever posted on FAF (or even kept confidential and unpublished) to please contact Patrick’s attorney at dmh@helbraunlaw.com.  

Please come forward, and be willing to give a signed statement about the truth of things said here about Cochran and his business practices. Without support from the community of Peter Beagle fans, the Truth will become a casualty of Connor Cochran’s scorched-earth tactics.

This site is dedicated to fairness and supporting others- whether it’s about consumer rights, or righting other wrongs. We hope you’ll help.

REMINDER: Please also contact Peter Beagle’s attorney if you can help with his ongoing fight. Peter isn’t being paid for sales of his work by Conlan Press, The Last Unicorn Tour, ebooks on Amazon, and more.  If you have paid during December 2015 or later, please contact kathleenhunt@uniquelaw.com. (Be aware that Cochran’s tactical accusations against Peter and his attorney have already been thrown out of court).

Peter Beagle’s special offer for fans who help him to win justice.

REMINDER- Please contact Peter Beagle’s lawyer if you paid for his work during his lawsuit. Email kathleenhunt@uniquelaw.com (with records if possible.)  Peter isn’t being paid for sales of his work including at The Last Unicorn Tour, Conlan Press, ebooks on Amazon, and more.  If you paid in December 2015 or after, please send support. (Remember that false retaliation claims against Peter and his lawyer were THROWN OUT of court, so we can support him to win his lawsuit without distractions.)

Latest news from SupportPeterBeagle.com

“Okay, fans of Peter S. Beagle, I have both good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that Peter is broke, due to the nefarious actions of Connor Cochran (who gets most of the money that is rightfully Peter’s by diverting it into his own pockets). Once Peter wins his lawsuit against Connor and his sham press, that will not be the situation, but it is sadly true now.

Before I tell you the good news, I’d like to thank all of you who’ve supported him in this effect to win back his name. He really appreciates it.

Now the good news. Peter has agreed to create brief original poems, story snippets, song lyrics — whatever he’s in the mood to write, but just for you. This is a unique offer! I know we all cherish our personally-signed books and such, but this is even better!

(A reminder is due here. Do not buy anything signed that Connor is selling, be they prints, TLU cels and so forth, as these monies go into his pockets, not Peter’s. The same holds true for any showings of The Last Unicorn that Connor is currently doing.)

This will be limited to 20 people maximum. The deal would be that the first 20 people who donate at least $150 will get an original, and unique to them, short tidbit personally from Peter by way of thanks. (Of course, this is non-exclusive; we want to be sure Peter retains his copyright to everything he writes.) The donor would be namechecked and the piece would be signed. It wouldn’t have to be fiction: a memory, a snippet, a song lyric. It would be new, nothing recycled. It would be at least a paragraph in length, but not more than a page.

If you feel like giving more, please do so. A hundred percent of these monies (less of course PayPal fees) will support Peter.

Use the Paypal button at top corner of the news at SupportPeterBeagle.com.

The fine print: include a note with your PayPal donation. The note must include your name and postal mailing address, as well as the statement that you would like to take advantage of this offer; if you want someone else’s name to be included in the piece (rather than your own), or if you have any other specific requests, say that as well. Please note that Peter is not guaranteeing that he will be able to fulfill any specific request, other than including a specified name in the finished work. If you’re not one of the first 20 people to respond to this, your money will be refunded.”

The countersuit against Peter Beagle’s lawyer is dismissed.

(Have you paid for works of Peter Beagle recently? Please contact his lawyer to help document sales he isn’t being paid for!) 

Here’s more great news for Peter Beagle and his elder abuse lawsuit against his former manager, Connor Cochran. (See sidebar if you aren’t up to date with it).

At every opportunity, Cochran has tried to deflect the truth with a cover story.  Supposedly, Peter is senile and misled with “memory problems” and someone else is the cause of harm.  He set out to countersue the “someone else”.

Cochran has been attacking Peter’s lawyer personally.  On 7/26/16, the Court GRANTED her MOTION TO DISMISS those claims. The Order is below.  It’s another big victory on the path to justice.

Add this to failure of the attempt to get Peter ruled incompetent.  It proves to all that Peter is not incompetent or senile, and not being controlled by his attorney.  Claims that his attorney is somehow personally liable for simply representing Peter to obtain his rights against Cochran are not viable.

Notice that the Order has harsher words than just dismissal.  In the judge’s words, Cochran “appears to fundamentally misunderstand” the legal process he was misusing.  And there’s a motion to sanction Cochran for $25,378.99 for making Peter’s attorney oppose these claims. (UPDATE: The motion for fees is GRANTED and Cochran must pay.)

You can fool the fans some of the time.  But you can’t do it to the judge.  With his cover story failed, Cochran will face the music for what he has done.

This shows that anyone who can afford access to the courts can abuse the process (particularly against people who can’t afford it.) Peter has suffered from lack of finances to fight for his rights. Thankfully, it also shows that Peter has strong support from those who stand beside him.

Together, we’ll win justice.  But don’t rest!  History shows it will only happen after every roadblock is demolished.  Please keep support going all the way to the end.  See supportpeterbeagle.com, and share with hashtag #TakeBackTheUnicorn.

Here is the Order (and a PDF of the same.)

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More news about Peter from his fans:

Also see this new blog coming ahead of the curve.  New World Slackers and their August book club pick, The Last Unicorn.

“UPDATE!! … Hey guys so just a couple days ago we posted our Book Club recommendation for the month of August – that being The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle. Now while we highly recommend that you read this book and the subsequent short story, we have come upon some distressing news … the author of this book Peter S. Beagle is in terrible legal battle with his manager Connor Cochran who has reportedly committed financial fraud, by cheating fans, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from movie investors along with Peter himself as well as committing physical elder abuse against Peter.”