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    • As valuable and appreciated as the letters depicting victims personal abuse experiences are, they’re heavily redacted. Yes, they were directed to the judge and she read some, but that was not the only purpose or intent. Regardless, the flooding of the court at the behest of the law firms seemed odd to me, as well. As lead plaintiff in a class action suit, my attorneys certainly never directed or allowed me to “speak” directly to the court, other than in mediation sessions even though I technically spoke for the class. As someone who’s worked in politics for a while, as I step back and consider it, this does feel like a campaign. I think Andrew Van Arsdale’s past experience and expertise drove this entire thing. If you want an idea of what I’m talking about, he is a noted speaker on the website of “Mass Torts Made Perfect, LLC.” Yes. That’s a real thing. For the record, I’m being serious (for a change).
    • More lawfirms have now been added in support of the RSA AND the 16,869 claimants previously listed as = Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. are NOW listed as "Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. (co-counsel with AVA Law Group, Inc.)" And AVA Law Group has now been added to the list of lawfirms, with a similar caveat "AVA Law Group, Inc. 16869 (co-counsel with Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck P.C.)" https://casedocs.omniagentsolutions.com/cmsvol2/pub_47373/e51debb0-5af7-4c97-85fd-13831a20b6f6_5868.pdf Kosnoff's name still appears absolutely nowhere
    • Right. That is, in effect, advocating for parties to engage in ex parte communications with the court, especially where the party is represented by counsel who is asking them to do it. That whole process always seemed off (read: unethical) to me for that reason.
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