Lawsuit Calls Barking Dog Avi Adelman a "Neighborhood Terrorist" in Wal-Mart Fight

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Neighborhood blogger and professional shit-disturber Avi Adelman is not happy with the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market being built at the former site of Whole Foods on Greenville Avenue, right across the street from his house. He was even less happy when the retailer put up ridiculously bright lights in its parking lot. So Adelman, he of the perpetual crusade to rid Lower Greenville of drunks, big box retailers, and anything else he finds distasteful, decided to do something about it.

He started by sending emails to neighborhood and Wal-Mart representatives demanding to be included in discussions about the development. But it was after the lights went up in the parking lot, attorney Melissa Kingston claims in a lawsuit filed yesterday (and first reported by Wilonsky/em>) that he crossed the line.

Kingston, a neighborhood resident and attorney, was volunteering to represent five neighborhood associations in negotiations with Wal-Mart. She had received several complaints from neighbors about the lighting and was, according to the suit, working to address them.

The day after the lights went up, however, Kingston says that Adelman registered the domain name melissakingston.com and began sending emails to Wal-Mart and neighborhood reps using the domain and including a picture of the retailers logo, altered to say "Wal Mart: Screwing Neighborhoods, One House at a Time."

Adelman identifies himself in the emails, which are included in the lawsuit, but "at a minimum, these communications could cause confusion as to whether they are endorsed by a lawyer by using Kingston's name with these emails," and give the impression that "Kingston endorses his rants and wholly unprofessional manner of communicating."

Then, Kingston pulls the gloves off, calling Adelman a "neighborhood terrorist," among other things:

Defendant is a self-proclaimed vigilante-style neighborhood activist who more accurately resembles a neighborhood terrorist. He employes a militant style of conflict resolution and has a history of publicly mocking and berating other neighborhood leaders, including Kingston. He has no job, and he spends his days making false and injurious statements about a number of people who volunteer their time and services for the benefit of their neighborhood organizations and fellow residents. Defendant maintains several wesites and blogs that he uses as his tools for disrupting the good work others try to do for their community. Defendant also has a history of cybersquatting, domainsquatting, and identity theft.

Defendant is a vigilante with no regard for right and wrong. Social graces, morals and the law mean nothing to him. He invents his own causes to chase, which he then pursues with a reckless fervor that leaves innocent victims in his wake. Once he chooses to "champion" a so-called "crusade," he proceeds to stalk and terrorize individuals and entities through his continual abuse of the Internet and e-mail with no regard for people's rights. He manufactures allegations and then proceeds to intimidate individuals through his cyber-stalking, constantly bombarding, deluging, and harassing them with false accusations, misrepresentations, deceptions, and fraud. He publishes all of his efforts on the Internet or through e-mail in an attempt to incite others to join his delusional cause. Defendant is a menace that thrives on the attention he creates for himself on the Internet, which has provided him with a worldwide voice to prolong his fraudulent, deceptive conduct.

Kingston wants an injunction preventing Adelman from using the melilssakingston.com or similar domains, sending communication that gives the impression it comes from or is endorsed by Kingston, and preventing Adelman from coming within 1,000 feet of Kingston's residence or business. She also wants attorney's fees. I've sent word to Adelman seeking comment.

Update at 9:35 a.m.: Adelman got back to me: "No comment at this time."


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yvonne.garcia416
yvonne.garcia416

I have personal experience with this terrorist ... he and his wife are vile and should be stopped.  I'll tell you how I stopped the continued harrassment by his wife ... I gave her a real old-fashioned ass kicking when she THOUGHT she could come to my house and disrespect me.  I have not heard from them since.  And I'm willing to bet ANYTHING ... I'll never see them at 5716 Live Oak Street, again.  I dare them to stop by ;)

nunya
nunya

No one will bring up the fact that Avi is an extortionist.

devildog
devildog

It's about time this extortionist met his match. For whoever supports this guy is just the same ingorant person as he is. I understand protecting our rights as citizens, but this guy does not fall in that category. I pay millions a year in property taxes and hate the fact that dirtbags like this are living off of food stamps and harrassing businesses to make a living. I say screw him and hopefully he ends up in the street eating from a garbage can that we tax payers own.

aemurp
aemurp

My concern is Walmart's continued culture of  "let's catch 'em not looking if we can" when building their stores.  In the year 2012 and how many Walmarts in the world??, no neighborhood rep should  have to confront them about  lighting their parking lots properly.  They know about non-obtrusive lighting and have used it for years.   It's takes all our talent and endless hours of volunteer time to work with the Walmart reps to get them to do the right thing.  Still, we are no match against their team of zoning attorneys at City Hall.  We always have to worry about  having missed something that will negatively affect our neighborhood for years.  

MariannaW
MariannaW

wow, Mr. Tone, can you reign this hate fest fueld post-a-rama in a bit, you must feel like a kindergarten cop - spending your day coaxing people to play nice and not throw expletives when they can't defend their post, I'm no Pollyanna but I am appalled

don.abbott
don.abbott

I always thought if would have been alot better for everybody if nobody living near Lower Greenville gave a damn what happened.   After all, if you live in Mansfield or Plano, why would you care what happens in a run-down part of Dallas literally begging for people to come get drunk and pee everywhere?  Adelman represents the eternal  paradigm of no good deed...you know the rest.  Because Dallas is so poorly run, most of the controlling conscience in a neighborhood is forced upon the people who live there.  City Hall only wants to know how many more minutes to 5 o'clock.  Nature, and crime, abhor a vacuum.  When Lower Greenville went from a normal day-time strip (see Ross Avenue Sears demolition) to an Al-Qaida like training camp for gang members, somebody needed to say something.  Was it up to the Morning News?  Good luck with that.  I hope Avi prevails as most of us in the neighborhood  hate how passive the neighborhood associations are.  They're phonies who live here for seven years, get out when their kids get near middle school age, and don't give a shit about Dallas history.   

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Whole Foods probably hired him.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Maybe you people should draft Avi to fight against the Trinity River Toll Road.

iwearblack
iwearblack

I've never sided with Wal-Mart on anything, but I hope they crush this PITA... The "barking dog" needs to be muzzled and brought to heel...

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

No doubt AA got the sh+t whipped out of him on a daily basis in school. Guy is annoying! 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Wal*Mart  should have started out with a Boutique style  name on the place and I think that areas  folks would have banded together to push for its approval .But it is what it is . A neighborhood Wal*Mart

At the end of the day and this Bullshit pacify the neighbor hood  process the  parking lot will be full of folks buying what they need because it is a convenient place to buy it .

 

Not that I think people shouldn't have a say I just think it is a part of the deal that Wal*Mart  knows it will go through . And already has have fallback positions in place to get things done .

 

Avi isn't the first Adelman they have run into.

 

 

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

I guess I'm not understanding the heart of this issue. Help me.

 

A WalMart Neighborhood Market Grocery Store is replacing an old Whole Foods Grocery Store? I'm no planning and zoning wonk but this appears to me to be a case of apples replacing apples.

 

You live in a close-in bustling city street, home to commerce and the like, seems to me they paved paradise and put up a parking lot long ago.

 

Bemoaning progress to simply become a continual burr under the saddle of every enterprise wanting to set up shop on the Greenville strip seems like someone needs to find a better hobby.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

Kingston works for Larry Friedman.  How can your reputation be damaged more than that?  Good to see she is carrying on the Friedman way of oversensationalized pleadings and publicity seeking.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Avi. I love you,man. You know that. But the domain-name thing is really crack for you, isn't it? It's not smart. It winds up being footprints. Who knows where the lawsuit goes? But the domain-name thing goes bad for you.  Didn't you ever hear of WHISPER campaigns?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Sounds like Adelman went over the line this time.  Buying a domain name that is the name of your opponent is shady when you redirect it to your real site.  Buying it and then sending emails from it is past shady, it's deceptive.  

 

I don't think Kingston will qualify as a public figure, so the bar for defamation is much, much lower.  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The candle power of those parking lot lights are controlled by zoning and code enforcement.  And he got a break on home purchase for living in a shopping and entertainment district next to a heavily-traveled main thoroughfare (noise, parking, and glare).  Go East on Belmont and the identical houses are more expensive because they do not have that external obsolescence.  

 

He might as well have moved under an airport runway approach and then complained about the noise.

 

And he does have a business.  Ask him what it is.  Then let's see who his clients are.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Lawyer-speak overkill:  "a menace", a "terrorist", "a vigilante", "an identity thief", " a cybersquatter"; he's "bombarding, cyber-stalking, making false accusations, delusional, deceptive... and on and on..."

 

Give me a break, Kingston.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

"The day after the lights went up, however, Kingston says that Adelman registered the domain name melissakingston.com and began sending emails to Wal-Mart and neighborhood reps using the domain and including a picture of the retailers logo, altered to say "Wal Mart: Screwing Neighborhoods, One House at a Time."-------What a dick.

nunya
nunya

He hits local businesses up for "creative work" and if they don't hire him he attacks them through barkingdogs.org. That's a true story.

cee.pee
cee.pee

 @devildog Ummm..... gonna call bullshit on your paying "millions of year" in property taxes, because if you do, then you're a really dumb billionaire.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @OakParkStudio IF those are apples to apples that would be a granny smith next to a golden delicious.

ceepee
ceepee

 @JimSX Yeah but, since when is registering a domain-name illegal? If Melissa Kingston wanted thet rights to her common-law name so badly, then maybe she should have registered the domain-name. Yeah, we now live in *that* world.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@holmantx "He might as well have moved under an airport runway approach and then complained about the noise."

 

I think you've IDed his next "crusade".

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz .....says the poster who labels just about everybody not of her own opinion as a "dangerous extremist".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz does he send numerous emails to people, yes, did he purchase a domain name that was her name yes, well looks like Kingston is 2 for 2, shall we keep going?

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

 @ceepee  @JimSX If it is used in an attempt to defraud, as in, convince people the communication is endorsed or generated by her, that's absolutely illegal.

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

 @ceepee  @JimSX No, it's not illegal. 

 

It's a big, big, big red-flag for unethical practices though. Domain squatting has been a tool of vengeance and extortion since nerds like me discovered how to use WHOIS requests. 

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @scottindallas  @everlastingphelps In case you're slow on the pickup, Libertarians are not "anti"-government.  That would be anarchists.  Libertarians recognize the need and advocate for law and order.  For law and order to reign, there has to be some kind of morality to define right and wrong.  On a very basic level, most libertarians are in agreement as to what constitutes right and wrong, as are, i assume, most people on the planet.  Donning the 'mask' of anonymity granted by the internet and firing off emails that purport to be issued by, approved by, or endorsed by another person without their consent or knowledge would be considered wrong by any decent person.  Avi, obviously, is not now, nor has he ever been, a decent person.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @scottindallas Being libertarian doesn't mean being amoral.  It just means that I try to persuade people to my morality instead of shoving guns in their faces.

 

I don't think there are any real libertarians who oppose the idea of fraud, which is what this is.  He is misrepresenting his ideas as hers.

cee.pee
cee.pee

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @everlastingphelps Geez will you give it a rest already or have you decided that you just need to be a jerky troll? Oh and, by-the-way, in case you haven't noticed, we Texans can disagree vehemently on a subject, even one that makes our blood boil, but when some some yankee carpet-bagger comes in here and starts calling us a bunch of shit-kicking redneck idiots, as you did earlier, well, you'll learn just exactly what makes Texas so great- we come together on this topic. And for future reference, it's not "you people", it's y'all". Now go away already and let us play in our own sandbox.

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

 @ceepee  @A-nony-mouse  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Doesn't work that way.  A domain is the property of whoever registers it first.  ICANN controls the top-level domains; the registrars control the next level and down.  It's not illegal to register a domain that contains someone else's name.

 

It is illegal to use that domain fraudulently, though.

ceepee
ceepee

 @A-nony-mouse  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Again, maybe she needs to sue godaddy for owning her common-law name in the first place, only to sell it to Avi later. I mean, this shit IS illegal, right? That's why it's in a criminal court.....

iwearblack
iwearblack

 @GuitarPlayer   Nah, it's just Avi getting in touch with his feminine side... His utterly repugnant feminine side...

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@James080 @GuitarPlayer @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Dangerous extremists, the lot of you.

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