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Massachusetts man sued for $30G by serial litigator who bought used $40 printer


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Dec 20, 2015
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Massachusetts man sued for $30G by serial litigator who bought used $40 printer off Craigslist

Man sued $30G by serial litigator over $40 printer sold online - NY Daily News

A seemingly straightforward Craigslist sale of a $40 used printer turned into a six-and-a-half year court battle that ended up costing the seller $12,000 in lawyer fees — and he still may be on the hook for $30,000 if the buyer has his way.

In 2009, Doug Costello, 66, unwittingly sold the Brother laser printer, complete with a fax and a scanner, to a man that the Indiana Supreme Court describes as a “prolific, abusive litigant” who has brought dozens of high-priced lawsuits over online transactions, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The serial litigator, Gersh Zavodnik, 54, claimed the printer did not work when he received it and said that numerous attempts to get his money back were unsuccessful.

Zavodnik, a Ukrainian living in the United States with political asylum and who often represents himself in his legal battles, said he was then forced to sue the seller in small claims court.

That lawsuit was thrown out of court because Zavodnik had thrown away the printer, but it didn’t end there.

"I figured that's it," Costello told the newspaper. “But no, no, no. Now I'm in another twilight zone.”

A year later, Zavodnik sent Costello paperwork requesting that he admit he was liable for more than $30,000 in damages related to breach of contract and fraud.

--- this continues on but basically this $40 printer lawsuit has been going on for 5 years its been before at least 4 courts and its still going on with an upcoming panel to review it.

Predatory serial litigators need to be shut down. Why one of these judges didn't have the balls to dismiss this with prejudice and ban this dude I don't know.

Although it's usually quite difficult, that clown has the PERFECT profile to be declared a vexatious litigant and forbidden from bringing any more lawsuits without a judge's approval.
That kind of crap needs to be nipped in the bud ASAP.
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