Ask The Lawyer ... Why He's Suing Channel 11

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Not sure if it's Ask the Lawyer with Tom Corea or Ask a Lawyer with Tom Corea -- the lawsuit has it one way, virtual listings the other. But one thing's certain: The call-infomercial, featuring the downtown attorney and former local-TV-newser Brenda Teele-Jackson, is at the center of a suit filed last week in Dallas County District Court that appears on Courthouse News this morning.

Corea's repping himself, of course, and says in the suit naming CBS Stations Group of Texas and KTVT Broadcasting Company as defendants that the local CBS affiliate and its KTXA-Channel 21 sister station asked him to host a call-in show during the noontime hour. The suit says Corea would pay for the airtime: $2,750 per show, with two shows scheduled each week. And in exchange, it says, KTXA's folks would forward all the calls received during the show to a call center, where Corea's people would get jot down all their vitals and follow up any, ya know, "potential business lead."

And, Corea insists, all was going so well too; he claims he even topped the midday news and The Young and the Restless in the ratings. But at some point, business went south, with calls dropping off by 44 percent. Corea alleges he know why: He claims he discovered the local CBS folks weren't forwarding close to half of the show's inbound calls the call center, which they'd later deny. And at the same time, Corea says, the local CBS affiliate was demanding he pay up, since the series -- or informercial -- was still airing. At which point he said no, because Corea now alleges those dropped calls cost him $1.4 million in potential business.

Which is just the beginning of how this landed in court, with Corea alleging everything from breach of contract to fraud to "civil conspiracy." See for yourself. I sent the suit to KTVT's spokespeoples for comment.

Update at 1:28 p.m.: KTVT declines to comment on the litigation.
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gabarrett64
gabarrett64

I also was a victim of Tom Corea Please! We need a class action law suit against him and the channel.Also someone was using my identity.

gabarrett64
gabarrett64

I also was a victim of Tom Corea ..Please! We need a class action law suit against him and the channel...Also someone was using my identity....

KellerPaul
KellerPaul like.author.displayName 1 Like

I hope the lawyer wins. His lawsuit was filed because he is in a position to stick up for himself. CBS, just like all big corporations, is so used ripping everyone off and not living up to the legal contracts is enters, it probably figured that this situation was no different. That's the mistake CBS made when it finally screwed over the wrong person who has no problem marching into court and taking CBS to the mat.

Scurtiss30
Scurtiss30 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I agree.  It's about time someone takes on these big corporations that think they can get away with anything.  Lawyer or not, at least this guy is making CBS pay! He has guts! CBS has billions - and to rip off a local guy - good for him or fighting back!

LaceyB
LaceyB like.author.displayName 1 Like

Anyone representing themselves is seen as mildly to very cuckoo--lawyer or not--in the eyes of the court.

Additionally, I think it's the local chapter of the bar association that does lawyer referrals for $20, rather than calling in for a referral to a TV ambulance chaser for free.

JS
JS like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wait...what? Since when did the DMN let its employees post stories on other companies' blogs?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky like.author.displayName 1 Like

Alas: Today is my last Official Day running Unfair Park. Start at The News a week from today. Between then and now: Moving all this crap outta my office. That should fill some free time.

cp
cp like.author.displayName 1 Like

So sad. What will become of the best blog in the US of A? And how will I get any relevant news any more? 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky like.author.displayName 1 Like

 Blogs at the News are not behind the paywall, cough cough.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship like.author.displayName 1 Like

What?  The interent(s) doesn't like you.

Im excite to follow this! 

Montemalone
Montemalone like.author.displayName 1 Like

A man who represents himself has a fool for a client.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Boy Howdy, I served on a jury not long ago, and the dude represented himself-and he looked like a bumblin' fool!  Lawyers get paid to poke holes in stories.  It's like trying to cook better than a master chef, or build a house better than Bob Villa.

Mere Muleskinner
Mere Muleskinner

So this was one of those plain vanilla 'ask a lawyer' type shows where the unsuspecting caller gives their vitals and then receives unrequested solicitations from an 'expert' concerning something the caller knows little about?

And the attorney is claiming he was the one getting duped?

Just_The_Facts_69
Just_The_Facts_69

I CAN'T WAIT TO FOLLOW THIS!!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Merkies right....git it right-sir.  It's not CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 DEAD HOOKERS AT UNT either.

Paul
Paul

 How do you kill a dead hooker?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Dear Big Bob,   Is this the lawyer that sends flowers? Or the lawyer that hammers justice?  

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Maybe he sends you flowers after he hammers you.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

nice!  you sound like a man with experience in said subject.  POW.

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