Well, the good news is the postal system around here may be getting better. This letter was posted on Monday and arrived at our house on Tuesday:
The bad news is it’s nothing nice. It’s a D&C letter from a lawyer on behalf of the landlord across the street, related to — you guessed it — the events of last Wednesday. To save you undue eyestrain, here’s the text:
Charles G. Merritt
1226 N. Broad
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone (504) 821-1135
Fax (504) 821-9809
August 19, 2006
Ms. Christy Paxson
Mr. Bart Everson
215 N. Salcedo Street
New Orleans, LA. 70119
Dear Ms. Paxson and Mr. Everson:
I represent Mrs. Maria Santana, owner of the property, 216-218. 216-A and 218-A North Salcedo Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Recently Mrs. Santana has been required to evict some of her tenants for non payment of rent and Mrs. Paxson has made insulting remarks to my client, such as, that she was not nice, she was unfair, she was overcharging rent, was not providing tenants with electricity or gas, and was a slum landlord.
Mrs. Santana complained to Ms. Paxson and Mr. Everson and they made additional complaints.
Then Mr. Ferguson and Ms. Paxson painted a sign and placed it on the inside of their building at 215 North Salcedo Street, New Orleans, LA., on, or about Wednesday, August 15, 2006, with additional untrue and accusatory remarks inciting tenants to refuse to rent or pay rent to Ms. Santana all of which contributing harassment and problems for her with the neighbors and with probable tenants and which have caused Mrs. Santana mental pain and suffering, possible loss of income, for which she is entitled to damages and for which she is entitled to an injunction requiring you to remove the signs from your property which are accusatory in nature and preventing you from doing anything or taking an action that would adversely effect the renting of the property of Mrs. Maria Santana located at 216-218-216-A and 218-A North Salcedo Street, New Orleans, LA.
My client hereby makes demand upon you to remove the signs which are unjust and attached to your building at 215 North Salcedo Street, New Orleans, LA., and to refrain from making accusatory or unjust statements against her, that she is an unfair landlord, and to pay her the sum of $1,000.00 in damages for mental pain and suffering from your past actions, and that this cease and desist shall be continued in a court proceedings by order of court in the form of an injunction.
CHARLES G. MERRITT
CGM:fd ATTORNEY FOR MRS. MARIA SANTANA
Now isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever read? So of course we’re wondering how to respond. The simplest thing to do would be to do nothing at all. I sincerely doubt she’s taking this to court, despite that malformed final sentence. We could do nothing and hope it ends here.
However, that’s not very satisfying. I’d like to do something creative, something that indicates we’re not intimidated by such tactics, and most importantly something that might actually result in Ms. Santana being a better landlady.
So once again I turn to my readers. Any suggestions? Any local lawyers out there who find this intriguing enough to get involved?