“Attorney Michael F. Cockson, Would You be Content To Receive A Settlement Check In The Amount Of $724.15? Hell No, You Wouldn’t Hence Why You Are Suing Your Own Damn Clients Because You Want More Than The $6 Million Dollars Awarded To You In Attorney’s Fees!!!”

 

For a few days now, I have been receiving comments, purportedly from class members of a class action lawsuit that resulted in tenants renting slum properties from two slumlords in Minneapolis, MN who were not licensed to rent their slum properties. Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas teemed up to run a scam on the City of Minneapolis, MN when the City of Minneapolis, MN ran ‘The Slumlord of Minneapolis’, Spiros Zorbalas, out of Minneapolis by stripping him of his rental licenses on ALL rental properties in Minneapolis, MN.

Then along comes Steve Frenz who told the City of Minneapolis, MN that he had purchased ALL of the properties that had been previously owned by Spiros Zorbalas. The City of Minneapolis, MN then approved rental licenses for the properties that had been owned by Spiros Zorbalas. However, the fact of the matter is that Spiros Zorbalas still owned the rental properties that Steve Frenz claimed he now owned, thus making his rental licenses, null and void. Meanwhile, thousands of mostly low income minority tenants were paying rent to live in vermin and rodent infested buildings that were substandard to say the least in that many had no heat, no hot water, crumbling stairs, unsecured mailboxes, bedbugs and the list is endless.

The City of Minneapolis, MN ‘claimed’ to have no knowledge of the fraud being perpetrated by Spiros Zorbalas and Steve Frenz. Enter Attorney Michael F. Cockson, who was initially contacted by Inquilinxs Unidos, a renters’ union out of Minneapolis, MN that helps immigrants with housing and other issues they face. Attorney Michael F. Cockson, a partner at the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 agreed to take the case on behalf of Inquilinxs Unidos. However, after learning of the scope of tenants who were adversely impacted by unclean and unsafe building conditions, Judge Mary Vasaly upgraded the case to class action status and said that all former and current renters were to receive ALL rent payments that they had made to Steve Frenz, The Apartment Shop LLC and various other holding companies that Frenz had started up to hide the fact that Spiros Zorbalas still owned the properties that he was acting as front man for.

The case was eventually settled for $18.5 million which was relegated to the coffers of the Settlement Administrators, BrownGreerPLC, located in Richmond, VA, which was to get in excess of $300,000 to send mailings to class members and to mail out checks to class members. Commonbond and another company was named as recipients of checks that should have been relegated to class members and only to class members. See here for details.

However, Attorney Michael F. Cockson was not happy with 25% of the settlement funds awarded to him by Judge Mary Vasaly and so sued his own clients in the Court of Appeals for 32% of the class action settlement funds. Now originally, he would have received over $6 million dollars from a case that he took because he wanted to “Give a voice to those who could not speak for themselves” and to “compensate them for their living conditions” and yet as of today, the appeal for more in Attorney’s Fees for Michael F. Cockson’s greedy ass is still in ‘briefing’ status with the Court of Appeals.

After I blogged about this on June 14, 2019, four days later, the Settlement Administrators called and told my cousin that the settlement checks had been mailed out on June 17, 2019. Below is a copy of the settlement check that my cousin received as his share of the $18.5 million dollar class action lawsuit.

 

So, even though my cousin paid thousands upon thousands in rent to rent an apartment that had multiple safety issues and code violations and was not even licensed to be rented, he received $724.15 while Attorney Michael F. Cockson, a partner at the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 is suing my cousin and all other members of this class action lawsuit that he initiated on behalf of his clients for more in Attorney’s Fees than what Judge Vasaly approved for his greedy ass. Michael F. Cockson wants more than the over $6 million that has already been taken from his poor, misused and abused clients who had been shitted on by the likes of Spiros Zorbalas and Steve Frenz. This greedy bastard, Attorney Michael F. Cockson would sue a roach if it crawled across his shoe and demand even more in Attorney’s Fees if he knew he could get away with it and since it is quite obvious that in his opinion, his clients in this case are the equivalent of roaches, that is what he is doing.

People who were already shitted on by slumlords while living in slums are now to be shitted on by the attorney who agreed to take this case in an attempt to obtain compensation for those who had been wronged and instead of attempting to right those wrongs, Attorney Michael F. Cockson has joined with Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas in doing more wrong to those who are likened to roaches.

Attorney Michael F. Cockson is a PARTNER in the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 and so we know that he is not leaving his opulent downtown Minneapolis law office and heading to a slum. The man is extremely wealthy and yet he is committing a grave injustice against people who still have no voice since they don’t have a voice they can use to push back against what their own sheisty attorney is doing to them. How this sheisty bastard sleeps at night is a complete and utter mystery to me, but then again, he is white and so that right there explains it. They don’t give a shit for making things right. They don’t give a shit for leveling the playing field for those who are poor and whose rights are trampled on, daily. Those like Michael F. Cockson will take a case, not because they want to attempt to make people whole who have been misused and abused, they take those cases because they can attempt to make themselves look good by pretending concern for the poor and downtrodden while at the same time, leaving them peanuts while they walk away with millions and then are still dissatisfied by the millions they are initially awarded. Those greedy bastards then turn around and sue their own clients for more of their settlement monies for why else is my cousin’s settlement check a mere $724.15 and Attorney Michael F. Cockson’s initial take is over $6 million? How is that justice by ANY stretch of the imagination?

And so for those of you who had questions and concerns, I have cleared up as much of this mess as I can. For further clarity on this class action lawsuit, I suggest that you contact those who are responsible for why you have so many questions and concerns and so once again, I will post their contact information below.

mail address: Michael.Cockson@FaegreBD.com
Telephone number: 612-766-8425
Address: FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

BrownGreer PLC – Settlement Administrators
250 Rocketts Way
Richmond, VA 23231
804.521.7200
information@browngreer.com

CommonBond Communities

651-291-1750 | 1080 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116
InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia
3715 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 605-1888

 

 

Minneapolis, MN ‘Pro Bono’ Attorney, Michael Cockson, Is Holding Up Class Action Settlement Payments By Appealing His ‘Attorney’s Fees’

 

This post is to inform anyone who is a member of the class action lawsuit involving Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas that the reason why your settlement checks have not arrived, and they were due to be mailed out at the end of April and received by you no later than the first week of May, is because ‘pro bono’ Attorney, Michael Frederick Cockson, a partner at the law firm, FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP located at 90 South Seventh in the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Minneapolis is appealing Judge Mary Vasaly’s ruling that he receive 25% of the class action settlement funds in Attorney’s Fees but since he is greedy as hell, he is appealing the Judge’s decision because he wants 32% in Attorney’s Fees out of the class action settlement; a settlement that is supposed to compensate, in some small way, poor folks who rented from slumlords who were not licensed to rent their slum properties in the city of Minneapolis, MN.

Attorney Michael Cockson heralds himself as the champion of the poor and downtrodden and the voiceless; a true defender of those who cannot fight for themselves. And yet, he is holding his own client’s money hostage due to his immense greed and yet here is the court record of the appeal that Attorney Michael F. Cockson has filed.

A19-0578 is the case number. Go to this page, “Minnesota Judicial Branch” and click “Access Case Records” and then click “Access Court of Appeals or Supreme Court Case Records” and then click “Search Appellate Court Records” and then click “Accept” and then click “I am not a robot” and then type in the case number which is “A19-0578” and then under “Jurisdiction” click “Court of Appeals” and it will bring up the information about who is filing the appeal and the status of the appeal.

My cousin is a class member and he has been waiting on his settlement check to come through for quite some time now and thanks to my diligence in getting to the bottom of why he has not received his settlement check, we now know who is responsible for the checks not being mailed; Attorney Michael F. Cockson’s greedy ass!

Contact Attorney Michael F. Cockson and ask him to explain to you just why his white ass is too greedy for words since he took the case because he “wanted to fight for those who could not fight for themselves.” And now, those who could not fight for themselves are being left to hang out to dry thanks to Michael F. Cockson’s greed. And so blow his damn email inbox up with your questions, complaints and demand for answers. Telephone him and demand some answers since you are to wait until his appeal is heard before the Star Tribune is going to report on this situation and meanwhile, Michael F. Cockson’s rich, greedy ass sits back in the comfort of his opulent downtown Minneapolis office and refuses to tell his own clients that he is the reason their checks have not been mailed to them.

Michael Cockson’s contact information is:

email address: Michael.Cockson@FaegreBD.com
Telephone number: 612-766-8425
Address: FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Also contact Randy Furst at the Star Tribune since I spoke with him and he did nothing but sing Michael F. Cockson’s praises until I begged him to shut the hell up and so here is his email address:

Randy.Furst@startribune.com

Ask him why he refused to report on the fact that Michael F, Cockson has filed an appeal over Attorney’s Fees which is holding up the dispersal of his own client’s class action settlement checks. I asked him to do a story on this because people need to be made aware of just why their checks have not been issued and the response I received from Randy Furst is, well…read it for yourself.

“I discussed this with an editor including your concerns. A decision was made to report on the payouts when the issue is resolved.” – Randy Furst

Like I have stated in many of my blog posts, no corporation is going to do a damn thing about the shenanigans of another corporation. They are all in bed together. Why wait until the payout issue has been resolved? Because then the Attorney Michael F. Cockson can smile and say, “Look at what great things I’ve done for these people who were shitted on by Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas. They were whites who took advantage of low income people and I stepped in and now these people are receiving checks thanks to me. Ain’t I just the bees knees?! Indeed, I am!”

What’s not going to be said is the fact that Attorney Michael F. Cockson is also shitting on his own clients just as Steve Frenz and Spiros Zorbalas shitted on their tenants. What’s the difference? There is none. White is white and they are all parasites. Not one is different from the next.

I also contacted a news station and got the same shit.

KSTP-TV
Abc-Affiliated Television Station
KSTP-TV, virtual channel 5, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States and serving the Twin Cities television market. It is the flagship television property of Saint Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting.

I spoke with Ana Lastra at channel KSTP-TV and that station also refused to do a story on the fact that Michael F. Cockson was appealing Judge Mary Vasaly’s decision to grant him 25% in Attorney’s Fees. And so again, we have that ‘corporations stick by other corporations and fuck the people’ shit! If you ever thought that any corporation would treat people fairly and actually DO the right thing, think again. Michael F. Cockson, who is already quite wealthy, is holding up settlement checks of people who live in abject poverty because he is just greedy as hell. The StarTribune refuses to report on the fact of his greed and likewise, channel KSTP-TV refused.

Ana Lastra’ response to my attempts at getting KSTP to do a story was this:

Thank you for forwarding those emails. Like I mentioned over the phone, I’m not sure what I can do, but I’ll start digging into everything to see what I can find.

I’ll give you a call back once I have a better grasp of everything. My direct line is below in case you need it.

Thanks again,

Ana Lastra at  alastra@kstp.com

651-642-4427

 

So, as you can see, I don’t give up easily and these are only a few people whom I have contacted because I first had to contact Judge Mary Vasaly to find out who was appealing this since my cousin was not receiving that information from his own attorney. What kind of shit is that? I may not get the viewership or the readership of the Star Tribune or KSTP-TV news channel, but I get views and I will take what I can get. And so once again, I am calling for ALL class action members to contact each and every entity that I have mentioned and find out why there is such a conspiracy on why no one will report on the fact that Attorney Michael F. Cockson, YOUR attorney for this class action lawsuit, is filing an appeal because of his greed and why no entity will report on that fact.

Again, Attorney Michael F. Cockson’s contact info is:

email address: Michael.Cockson@FaegreBD.com
Telephone number: 612-766-8425
Address: FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

And read this shit and weep!

A Corporate Lawyer in Minneapolis fights for low-income tenants

Michael Cockson, a corporate attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels has devoted thousands of pro bono hours to the cause of aiding tenants.

The fight to find livable homes for low-income tenants has an unlikely champion — a corporate defense attorney who has turned Hennepin County housing court into a launchpad for exposing grim apartment conditions and landlord fraud.

A simple 2016 legal fight by Michael Cockson to get heat restored during a cold snap in a south Minneapolis apartment turned into a courtroom drama that continues to unfold, with a juggernaut of legal rulings on behalf of tenants.

“I think he’s done more in the last two years than anyone has done in the last 10 years,” said attorney Larry McDonough of Dorsey & Whitney, who drafted Minnesota’s housing law three decades ago. “He’s just elevated the issues of housing habitability and the practices of slumlords into the public consciousness in a way that nobody else has done.”

– By Randy Furst Star Tribune

Yeah, Michael F. Cockson is fighting alright. He is fighting his own clients by trying to further reduce their class action settlement payments(and also by holding the checks up) by taking more in Attorney’s Fees. Well, in this case, it would seem that ‘pro bono’ is not to be the case since he is appealing his Attorney’s Fees. Go figure! And did you check out who the story is by, Randy Furst, and so it is no wonder he does not want to report on the fact that for this particular case, Attorney Michael F. Cockson, not only did not take this case, ‘pro bono’, but is actually appealing for more in Attorney’s Fees than Judge Mary Vasaly approved, even though Judge Mary Vasaly stated that what she approved was a fair amount for this case. Michael F. Cockson wants another judge to overrule what Judge Mary Vasaly approved and grant him what he is seeking which happens to be 32% of the class action settlement in Attorney’s Fees.

People, know what the hell is going on and make your voice heard. Contact this Attorney ,Michael F. Cockson, and ask him to explain himself. Ask Star Tribune reporter, Randy Furst why he is refusing to report on this and ask those at KSTP why they are refusing to report on this. It is extremely newsworthy seeing as how 5,400 tenants are involved in what has been heralded as the biggest lawsuit of its kind in the history of this fucked up cesspool called, Amerikkkka.