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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 substituted with 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.
These tactics make court orders against him extra significant. Those are the cases that prevail through an attrition process. (He also uses an attrition process against cheated customers, as we described in 2014.) While the court orders may be costly, the tactic may inflict higher costs on opponents than they can recover.
You may have seen many of Connor’s legal cases covered on our site, but the list keeps growing. This is the first mention of his ex-wife’s complaint – and now the following two cases of frivolous litigation he did against his own family.
- In 2013, Connor’s mother died. Her will revealed that she had disowned him in 1999 but kept it secret for 14 years. (Did she fear his treatment of the elderly?)
- He sued two of his brothers for the inheritance money.
- Connor’s claims were suspiciously familiar. He said his mother was alcoholic and under undue influence to change her will in 1999, but there was no evidence and only he saw it. The “alcoholism” somehow stayed hidden for 14 years and he discovered it when he learned about the money.
It’s in Connor’s lawsuit against his brother:
Connor lost both lawsuits against his brothers in 2014. It didn’t matter that the first one was judged invalid. He went ahead with the same claim, and lost twice. Validity didn’t matter to him. The point was to inflict costs and try winning by attrition.
You are reading correctly – Connor used a disgraced ex-lawyer and false claims about his own mother to bully his own family for money.
A year later, he used the same tactical claim of “alcoholism” and “undue influence” against Peter Beagle, despite medical evidence proving it was false. This time his target is alive, making it abuse by gaslighting.
The pattern says a lot about what Peter is going through now, and how he will prevail. It’s why a cheated customer says:“Connor Cochran’s success with scams depended in very large part upon his ability to bully people into silence.”
The complaint from Connor’s ex-wife has a transcript from his sentencing for contempt of court. It describes his tactics (page 5):
“THE TELLING POINT FOR THIS COURT TO CONSIDER IS WHEN DECIDING THE PROPER SENTENCE BECAUSE WHAT IT REALLY POINTS TO IS KIND OF AN AGGRESSIVE STONEWALLING THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE FOR A LONG, A LONG TIME THAT HAS COST MY CLIENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY.”
Peter’s new filing points to a solution:
It is clear that nothing less than comprehensive sanctions will curb this obstructionist and contemptuous behavior.
Defendants have exhibited this cavalier disregard for the authority of the Court over and over again.
Defendant’s failure to produce documents responsive to the Court’s Order, even on the issues raised by their own Cross-Claim, is a blatant attempt to obstruct Plaintiff’s ability to prosecute his meritorious claims or defend against the frivolous allegations raised by the Cross-Claim. Their history and pattern of discovery abuse, as discussed hereinabove, indicates that issue, evidence, and/or terminating sanctions are both justified and appropriate.
Intentionally stretching out the process while hitting back with frivolous claims is abuse itself. Connor Cochran uses such scorched-earth tactics to bully the elderly, who are the most harmed by delayed justice. Please support Peter and all who speak out about this predator.
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The owner of Rickert and Beagle Books posted an open letter about this: “In case you have any lingering doubt, Peter’s just fine, mentally and otherwise, and anyone who tells you differently should be treated as highly suspect.”
— Chris Rocket (@xaoc) August 18, 2017
Until late 2015, she was in charge of Peter’s social media under Connor, with intentions to help Peter. That arrangement is how Connor put his own words in Peter’s mouth to deny allegations of fraud when we blew the whistle in 2014. At the time, we addressed her with an open letter about workers being cheated. Her 2017 letter says “I was never paid at the market value of my work.” We thank her and Peter for the courage of speaking out now. As we said in 2014:
We wish you success in business, and hope for change with Peter’s management and fairness for his fans.
For anyone else still caught in the years of scams, it just gets more sad and ironic.
Let’s end with something good from The Real Peter Beagle on facebook. With a story collection on the way and two new novels, you can tell this fight is worth it.