blog post by John Hoff
Troy Parker, a frequent "also ran" for political office, seems to have something of a sideline career as a frequent flyer on litigation airlines. Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.
Of course, he's not always in court because he WANTS to be.
There was that time he was a witness to a shooting. His own. (Click here) Though the circumstances described don't exactly make him sound like a sympathetic victim. There was talk of somebody cooking up some crack.
Of course, by my rough and approximate count, most of the time when Troy Parker is in court it's because he's the plaintiff and he's dishing it out to, well, anybody who messes with his precious CAR seems to be a dominant theme...
Here is the tale of how Troy Parker took in his car to get it fixed, and the fixes weren't to his liking, and he didn't want to give back the rental car right away.
Never Loan Troy Parker A Rental Car (Case One of Three)
Wait. I know what you're thinking. Didn't this story already appear?
Yes and no. That's the story in PART ONE of Troy Parker, Frequent Flyer, etc. etc.
But this story happened TWICE.
Twice Troy Parker brought his car in for repairs. Twice he was unhappy and didn't want to give back the rental car. Twice he sued. Twice he was unsuccessful.
The second lawsuit was Troy and Arylnn Parker v. Brooklyn Center Motors, 27-CV-09-2811. However, it should be pointed out this "second" lawsuit is actually first in time chronologically. Troy apparently learned lessons from this failure which he applied the next time he sued over his car. Lessons like, "I'm not a very good lawyer. I need to get a real lawyer."
So Troy Parker got Jill Clark.
This just goes to show that just because somebody learns from a failure doesn't mean they apply the lessons successfully and avoid an even worse failure. Cases in point...
In his lawsuit against Brooklyn Center Motors, Parker was seeking $8,000 plus cost and expenses. The electronic paper trail of this lawsuit shows SOMEBODY filed for in forma pauperis, that is to say, "I don't have enough money to pay filing fees." The document is inaccessible but I'm sure it wasn't Brooklyn Center Motors that claimed to be broke.
Often one sees this kind of thing filed by a hapless DEFENDANT hauled into court. But when the PLAINTIFF is asking to avoid filing fees, well, who does that kind of thing? Peter "Spanky Pete" Rickmyer, for one. Or a certain class of court system "frequent flyer" who figures out "Hey, if I don't have to pay for filing fees I could sue people ALL DAY and maybe get a jackpot, because THEY have to pay filing fees and this will make them eager to settle."
"Sweet, Fishy Smell" In The Lawsuit, I Mean CAR
Troy Parker didn't like the way his car smelled. He thought it had a "sweet, fishy smell." He brought the car in to Luther Brookdale Chysler Jeep and Doge because of the smell. By telephone Parker was told the heater core was bad. So the heater core was replaced. But now Troy and his wife noticed cold air was coming into the vehicle on the passenger side under the glove box after the vehicle was returned.
They returned the vehicle to Luther a second time. This time they were told "you must have taken the core out and broke the heater box and applied sealant on the inside of the box." There was a dispute over who put sealant in the box.
Parker claimed in his lawsuit the problem was worked on for two months and then, FINALLY, a tech named Joe admitted he'd put the sealant on the box. Now the Parkers were complaining because of THE FISHY SMELL (it was baaaaaaack) and the blower squeals and the A/C is not working. And they were being refused warranty service and told to have the vehicle checked by a third party.
Troy Parker, Financial Drain To Auto Mechanics
When Parker sued (and Brooklyn Center Motors LLC is apparently one and the same with Luther Brookdale etc ect) he was countersued by the defendants, who claimed they had performed in excess of $3,500 worth of work on the vehicle for which they'd only been paid $1,000. They wanted to $2,500 difference. They also claimed to have provided a rental vehicle for two months. The value of the rental, they said, exceeds $1,200. So they were counterclaiming for THAT.
Here is how Parker summarized the case.
"We, the Plaintiffs, took our vehicle to defendant for Repairs. (sic) The defendant totally ruined our vehicle, then accused us of the damage. The defendant later admitted the damage was caused by defendant. Defendant has left us without our vehicle for over 4 months, refused to correct the problems, threatened Troy on several occassions (sic) that they would tow our vehicle off the property. The defendant refused to complete warranty work. Defendant put salvaged parts on our vehicle. The Defendant gave us a vehicle that was unsafe & dangerous. Defendant refused to correct problems. Defendant did not respond to summons complaint. Defendant put our lives in jeopardy."
(JNS blog says, mockingly, "Oh, the sweet fishy smell and the cold little draft put our lives in danger while we were driving around in the nice new rental car for two months, weep, wail, gnash teeth.")
The case was ultimately dismissed with prejudice. It may well have been settled in favor of the Parkers, who knows? That kind of thing wouldn't be in the court file.
Fender Bender Turns Into Lawsuit (Case Two Of Three)
Most people, when involved in a fender bender, either accept what their insurance pays out or grit their teeth and pay a higher premium, depending on whose fault the (minor) accident was. Not Troy Parker. Anything that happens to his precious car seems to be a potential lawsuit (or, rather, a potential payday) in the eyes of Troy Parker.
So it was with the case of Troy Parker vs. Bettie Reeves, Gideon Ogega, and Bwochora David Ogega (27-CV-09-11497)
This was a fender bender in December. According to a statement contained in the lawsuit, on December 2, 2008, a vehicle owned by Bwochora and driven by Gideon hit the Parker vehicle on the driver's side front corner. Gideon had lost control and slid into the lane of the Parker vehicle, hitting the Parker vehicle. The impact spun Parker's vehicle to a stop.
(Of course, at the time the Parker vehicle was not being driven by either of the Parkers, but by a woman named Katrina Latrice King. Two passengers were in the vehicle with King)
Bettie Lois Reeves next hit the Parker vehicle on the "front grill portion."
"Parker Shall Cease And Desist From Any Effort To Recover On His Claim"
The lawsuit by the Parkers claimed "Progressive Insurance Company refuses to accept any liability yet. They told me because the driver of the vehicle that they insure hit me while attempting to avoid problems that they have no liability."
The lawsuit didn't go smoothly. At one point, it was determined that Parker served defendant Bettie Lois Reeves HIMSELF and that was not proper service. Parker failed to appear at a settlement conference, so the case was dismissed (without prejudice) and each of the defendants was awarded $50. But then, it appears that small judgment was vacated almost right away and the case was, shall we say, "un-dismissed."
On another occasion (note there's just one "s" in "occasion," I'm only saying) it was the other party that failed to show up for a hearing.
But finally, by an order of November 18, 2009, the judge ordered Parker to "cease and desist" in any effort to recover on his claim." Trial was cancelled. Each of the defendants was awarded $50. Again.
In a letter from the judge to Parker dated December 23, 2009, the judge said the court "can't accept or consider submissions unless filed with the court administrator and all applicable filing fees are paid."
Parker filed a motion on December 31, 2009, giving notice that he was making a motion for a new trial. That is the last piece of paper in the case that I can pull up.
Just because Parker flies frequently doesn't mean he knows what he's doing.
Air Conditioner Controversy At 1025 Washburn Ave. N. (Case Three of Three)
How Troy Parker ended up in conciliation court over an air conditioner at 1025 Washburn Ave. N. is one of life's little mysteries. I thought to myself, well, does he own that property? Was he the landlord there?
No, the property is owned by a Brenda Lee Hanson. Unknown if she's the same "Brenda" in the case, a woman named Brenda Ayala.
In any case, a woman named Brenda Ayala (DOB 7/10/62) sued Troy Parker in conciliation court over an air conditioning unit. Though there is another Troy Parker who ends up in court a lot, I can always determine if the cases involve "my Troy Parker" by little indicia like his middle name (Everett) the presence of his wife (Arylnn C. Parker) or the address of his "campaign headquarters," 4933 Penn Ave. N.
This case was against the Troy Parker at 4933 Penn Ave. N. The dispute in the case involved an air conditioner. Brenda Ayala (who may have been inspired by Troy Parker and wanted to start her own career as a frequent litigation flyer) claimed Parker owed her $3,650 plus a filing fee of $70. On July 13, 2012, (Ayala claims) "Mr. Parker came to my home and agreed to install an air conditioner that day. I gave him $2,000 cash to purchase an appropriate unit. He bought a cheap unit that is too small to adequately cool my home. He refused to give me the receipt and refused to write an invoice. He refused to return the unit or my $."
The case was dismissed. Ayala took nothing in her claim. Unknown if anything was worked out between the parties outside of court.
The whole thing is very odd. Who would pay that much money for an air conditioning unit? Who would give Troy Parker so much money without documentation?
The case does show that as much as Troy Parker likes to be on the "dishing out" side of a lawsuit, sometimes he is on the receiving end.
Stay Tuned As Troy Parker Kills More Trees
JNS Blog is just getting started. There's even more paperwork out there in regard to Troy Parker, frequent flyer on litigation airlines. Stay tuned.