Recently, some potentially misleading information came to light. A law firm located in Mandeville, Louisiana recently published a post on its website entitled “The Monson Law Firm Wins Restraining Order Against Nader Anthony Odeh.” That title is misleading. In the hearing in question, the parties reached a consent. The Monson Law Firm did not “win” a restraining order in that matter. The parties agreed to a mutual restraining order. The post fails to mention that Dale Velez and his company agreed to a restraining order keeping them away from Mr. Odeh. In fact, the post leaves out the fact that the Velez Corporation will have to transfer contents at its own cost to a neutral location for inspection in certain instances.
The post goes on to imply that Mr. Odeh agreed to a restraining order to avoid going to trial. This is not entirely accurate. There was not even a trial scheduled in the matter, only a hearing for a preliminary injunction. The Monson Law Firm failed to mention that there was video evidence suggesting that an employee of the Velez Corporation had hit a phone out of Mr. Odeh’s hand. The paperwork in question was paperwork that included a statement that a homeowner was satisfied with work performed and was authorizing payment. The conflict appeared to escalate when the homeowner wanted Mr. Odeh to see the paperwork.
For unknown reasons, the Monson Law Firm’s client did not want Mr. Odeh to see the paperwork that contained this clause. Ultimately, the homeowner altered the document as a result of Mr. Odeh pointing out that clause to her. It was quite easy to agree to a mutual restraining order. Mr. Odeh had no intention of “verbally and physically threatening anyone,” but he was concerned for his safety going forward based on the conduct of employees of the Velez Corporation. It deeply saddens Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC, as known advocates for homeowners, to see this type of behavior. One must question whether the post by the Monson Law Firm was political in nature.
After all, Scott, Vicknair, Hair and Checki, LLC (and its predecessor firm) have secured dismissal of multiple cases against Mr. Odeh where the Monson Law Firm served as counsel against Mr. Odeh. It is our sincere hope that one day the continued personal attacks by the Monson Law Firm will end and a real focus will be placed on protecting homeowners. Companies represented by the Monson Law Firm that have sued Mr. Odeh personally, his company, his wife, or her company (and lost) include Americas Insurance Company and Lighthouse Property Insurance Corporation. The Monson Law Firm also represented Southern Fidelity Insurance Company in an attempt to sue, but a federal judge refused to allow the Monson Law Firm to even initiate those claims. This begs the question: what exactly is the Monson Law Firm “winning” against Mr. Odeh?
It should also be noted that recently the Monson Law Firm was sued in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans stemming out of allegations regarding inappropriate conduct towards an insured.