3/12/10: Attorney Van Houten’s bizarre letter to the judge

On 3/12/10, Cohen & Slamowitz attorney Carol Van Houten decided to mail my  5-page 3/10/10 fax with my Notice of Publication to the judge.


Dear Honorable Sir:

With regard to the above-referenced matter, our office has received the enclosed correspondence which we believe to be a Reply. We are enclosing a copy of same as it is not clear whether a copy was provided to the Court.

It is respectfully requested that the Reply be disregarded by Your Honor as it is more akin to a barrage of ad hominem attacks than a salient response to our opposition.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


Carol Van Houten, Esq.

cc: [redacted]

Attached to this letter was my 3/10/10 fax with my Notice of Publication.

I have absolutely NO explanation for attorney Van Houten’s absurd “belief” that this was my client’s Reply to the court.  Are they on CRACK?  How could attorneys not know what a notice of publication is?

Does anyone at Cohen & Slamowitz have an IQ above 50?

As of 3/28/10, I have NOT received any answers from anyone at Cohen & Slamowitz to my questions.

Note: Attorney Van Houten claims to have mailed a copy to my client.

In fact, this bizarre letter was NOT mailed to my client until 3/17/10, 5 days later. On 3/15/10, my client filed the “Reply” she referenced in her letter to the judge.  I assume that they would NOT have mailed this letter to my client at all if he had not filed his Reply on the 15th.

The scan of the envelope

Could the Cohen & Slamowitz practices be any more UNFAIR?

2 Responses to “3/12/10: Attorney Van Houten’s bizarre letter to the judge”

  1. I have a similar issue with Citibank and their lawyer here in Ohio. All mailings including service were done using an incomplete address. I was living in the 3rd largest apartment in the city I live in and of course no apartment number was used.
    Not only that but they used a municipal court that didn’t even have jurisdiction under Ohio Law. And yes in spite of that the court was okay with it.

  2. Did you file a motion to dismiss due to lack of jurisdiction and improper service?

    It’s VERY common that creditors and collectors use incomplete addresses and if you were served by mail, that SHOULD be reason to dismiss the case.

    If you feel that you properly presented your case and that the judge erred, you should APPEAL.

    It’s a lot of work, but I know of people who represented themselves and PREVAILED on appeal in state court. Of course it may not be worth the hassle and aggravation, but I would definitely publish the court filings, rulings, etc.

    Name names and expose the “justice” system.

    Also, you MAY have FDCPA violations by the collection lawyer, especially if Citi had your COMPLETE address.

    Review all correspondence for violations of federal and Ohio law and run your situation by some consumer attorneys.