Michael Furdock v. RadioReference.com LLC - Subscription renewal reminder results in class action lawsuit

blantonl

Founder and CEO
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Dec 9, 2000
Messages
11,188
Location
San Antonio, Whitefish, New Orleans
Let me introduce you to Michael J. Furdock Esq. - a lawyer from St Petersburg, Florida

Screenshot 2024-06-26 at 7.07.14 AM.png

Michael Furdock is a recently minted Florida bar admitted lawyer with his recently launched law firm Furdock Law. He's previously had careers as a private fitness instructor, an aspiring sports agent, a lifestyle concierge for "VIP clients" in Miami Beach, and a specialist in Employee Retention Credits (ERCs) which is a pandemic era payroll program. All that is really missing from this lineup is a solar panel door-to-door salesman and cutco knives distributor to kind of tie it all together.

https://www.furdocklaw.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelfurdock/

Michael was customer of RadioReference.com and a premium subscriber. Thank you for your trust in us, Michael! Michael received an email from us back in December of 2022 when his premium subscription was about to expire that notified him that, well, his subscription was about to expire. Most normal people when they receive this email say to themselves "Oh look, I should renew this subscription" or they say "Nah, I don't need to renew my subscription." Not Michael, he instead sat on that email for a year and a half, and then filed a Class Action Lawsuit against RadioReference alleging violation of the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) for contacting him outside of the hours of 9PM and 8AM attempting to collect a debt. I'm not making this up. He alleged that we were debt collectors. 🤨

Read for yourself:


We're not quite sure the motivations for pursuing such a legal strategy, especially given he is a lawyer himself, but if you check out the law firm he hired to file this suit it might become clearer (The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi). Here is a promotional youtube video from this storied law firm he hired. You can't make this sh*t up.


Anyway, in response to the lawsuit, we filed a Section 57.105, Florida Statutes, for an award of attorneys’ fees as sanctions against Plaintiff Michael Furdock , and his counsel Gerald D. Lane, Jibrael S. Hindi, Jennifer G. Simil, Zane C. Hedaya, and the Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi, PLLC, for filing frivolous claims against RadioReference.com.


My favorite part of our section 57.105 filing is this:

It may be debatable whether the legal system suffers when its machinery is actuated by lawyers bringing statutory-damage claims only to benefit other lawyers. What is not debatable is the harm done when lawyers bring factually and legally frivolous claims. Section 57.105 exists to remedy and deter that harm. Sanctions under it are in order here.

Michael Furdock and Jibrael S. Hindi's law firm folded like a cheap suit after that:


This is not an April fools joke. This actually happened. I actually had to spend in excess of $20,000 to go through this.

Sorry Michael, even though you're sporting a double-breasted suit, you're no Harvey Spector.
 
Last edited:

KevinC

Other
Super Moderator
Joined
Jan 7, 2001
Messages
11,973
Location
Home
Comcast usually eats my renewal emails so I never even get them. 😂
 

1268

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Jun 11, 2005
Messages
477
Waste of time and money for no reason. :mad:
 

mwjones

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Apr 9, 2003
Messages
656
Location
Van Alstyne, TX
Gotta love those Law Firms that seem to be decedents of the notorious "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe" or "Ditcher, Quick & Hyde" firms.

Once again, the laws of common sense prevailed (If those "Florida Man" stories are any sign, there's quite a few people lacking that in Florida). Hope you get your attorney's fees reimbursed @blantonl.
 

blantonl

Founder and CEO
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Dec 9, 2000
Messages
11,188
Location
San Antonio, Whitefish, New Orleans
Gotta love those Law Firms that seem to be decedents of the notorious "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe" or "Ditcher, Quick & Hyde" firms.

Once again, the laws of common sense prevailed (If those "Florida Man" stories are any sign, there's quite a few people lacking that in Florida). Hope you get your attorney's fees reimbursed @blantonl.
We're not going to be able to. We're out $20,000 plus dollars because of this knucklehead.

Florida grants him 21 days to dismiss the lawsuit, which he did. As long as he dismissed the lawsuit in the safe harbor timeframe the whole thing is over.

There were no laws of common sense here.

The only good thing here is that he didn't get a freaking dime of our money. So he'll have to go shake down another company to get the new Rolex he presumably wants so he can look like a baller.
 

RFI-EMI-GUY

Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2013
Messages
7,059
I am sure that would be thrown out. You were not collecting a debt, and everyones in box is stuffed full of renewal notices. It is on him for reading mail at 700 AM. What if the postman shows up before 8Am is he going to sue the electric company for a bill? What he was suing for a renewal notice, is not a debt. He could ignore that and go on his merry way.
 

trentbob

W3BUX- Bucks County, PA
Joined
Feb 22, 2007
Messages
5,939
I am sure that would be thrown out. You were not collecting a debt, and everyones in box is stuffed full of renewal notices. It is on him for reading mail at 700 AM. What if the postman shows up before 8Am is he going to sue the electric company for a bill? What he was suing for a renewal notice, is not a debt. He could ignore that and go on his merry way.
And, if he was going to get so worked up about it, he should have taken advantage of the option to not receive any email notifications from RR which is his choice to do.
 

kb1fua

Member
Joined
May 14, 2009
Messages
93
Location
Stover MO
what an idiot!😳
he really thought all that thru...😑
He did the same thing with The Daily Wire...😂😂😂😂
 

blantonl

Founder and CEO
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Dec 9, 2000
Messages
11,188
Location
San Antonio, Whitefish, New Orleans
I was thinking a piece of something else, but yeah, we'll go with the PG version.

@blantonl Does this clown still have a username here, if so any post/submission history? Searching the membership for his last name yielded no results.
No he doesn't, and I don't advocate in any way, shape, or form anyone harassing this guy. We terminated him as a customer after the lawsuit was dismissed by him.

The purpose of my post is to let the community know what we deal with on a constant basis and to provide context on what happened to us.
 

GTR8000

NY/NJ Database Guy
Database Admin
Joined
Oct 4, 2007
Messages
15,759
Location
BEE00
Well that wasn't what I was suggesting...didn't even enter my mind until you mentioned it...I was simply curious as to how he may've participated while a member. Anyway.
 

blantonl

Founder and CEO
Staff member
Super Moderator
Joined
Dec 9, 2000
Messages
11,188
Location
San Antonio, Whitefish, New Orleans
He never participated here as a "member" - he was simply a customer. Why he chose to wait a year and half and just file a class action lawsuit against us for sending him an email letting him know his subscription was about to expire boggles the mind.

Except it doesn't really boggle the mind. Just look at the guy, his career history, and watch the video his lawyer put together. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the playgrounds these guys play in. These guys probably lift weights and hit the clubs at night coming up with hairbrained schemes like this.

Did you watch that promotional video? Like, it's almost an SNL skit it's just so terrible. I want to take a shower after this whole thing.

My favorite is his actual attorney that filed the case, GERALD D. LANE, JR., ESQ. who is a member of the Jibraeil S Hindi Law firm.

THIS DUDE CALLS HIMSELF "THE GENERAL" LOL. WTF.


Screenshot 2024-06-26 at 11.01.36 AM.png
Like, bro, you can't be f**ing serious. LOL. This dude listed his High School State Championship on his biography.
 
Top