Sterling Partners, through their attorney Craig Tractenberg of Fox Rothschild, is threatening web publisher Sean Kelly with a personal smear campaign and a crushing lawsuit if he does not remove unflattering comments about made by Sterling Partners’ School of Rock franchisees from Kelly’s from UnhappyFranchisee.Com website. Here is Sean Kelly’s reply.
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) by Sean Kelly Rick Elfman and Sterling Partners has threatened to wage a war against me and my family.
They have vast financial resources and some of the nastiest, most expensive attorneys money can buy.
I have the truth, some very good friends and a fierce and relentless hatred of bullies of all kinds.
Rick Elfman, Sterling Partners and Craig Tractenberg may not realize it yet, but they are the underdogs in this fight.
Here’s my reply to Sterling Partners.
Sent 6/9/17 to Rick Elfman via email
401 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Ever since the first complaints by School of Rock franchise owners appeared on my UnhappyFranchisee.Com website, I graciously offered you, CEO Dzana Homan and executives at Sterling Partners the opportunity to provide rebuttals, clarifications, corrections or other statements you would like to make. School of Rock franchise owners made serious complaints that under the ownership of Sterling Partners, and certainly under the direct management of the CEO you hired, the quality of franchise support and the attractiveness of the School of Rock franchise opportunity has greatly diminished. Numerous franchise owners (not the handful that CEO Homan claims) have alleged that Dzana Homan has replaced a once-vibrant, collaborative and creative company culture with one akin to living in a police state, where franchise owners fear sharing their opinions and ideas lest they be singled out and subjected to bullying and retaliation.
With each subsequent post, I renewed my invitation to School of Rock and Sterling Partners management. As I was not familiar with either School of Rock or Sterling Partners, I assumed that perhaps you might be unaware of the significant discontent among School of Rock franchise owners and the allegations of abusive behavior by Dzana Homan. I assumed, wrongly it seems, that you would appreciate having a chance to address these problems and make improvements as necessary.
After receiving the threatening phone call from your hired muscle, attorney Craig Tractenberg, it now seems to me that not only were you aware of this bullying behavior, not only do you condone it, but likely you and Sterling Partners are initiating and directing it.
Let me be clear: I take the threats by Sterling Partners from your representative Craig Tractenberg as a vile, reprehensible and illegal attack on me and my family.
You have vast financial resources, teams of professionals and the most expensive attorneys in our industry.
I have my constitutionally protected right to publish my opinions and truthful statements, the truth, and a boundless passion and finely honed talent for exposing and warning others about the business practices of bullies who think their shiny office buildings, nice cars and expensive suits can hide the fact that they are no more than common thugs and cowardly bullies.
So if it’s a war that you and Sterling Partners, insist on, it’s a war you shall get.
Please accept this message as a formal response to the threats you made through your highly paid goon, Craig Tractenberg.
Rick, I will not give in to your threats of releasing my personal financial and bankruptcy records.
I will not give in to your threats of releasing and publicizing my divorce records (in fact, I welcome seeing them as I cannot recall ever having been divorced).
I will not give in to your and Sterling Partners’ threats of publicizing my prior lawsuits (in fact, I welcome it. I suggest you review the outcome of the last two bullies who sued me. The Sterling Partners logo will soon join theirs on my trophy wall).
I will not give in to Sterling Partners’ threats of a lawsuit based on my suggesting School of Rock franchisees wage a royalty strike (I look forward to the “written proof” Mr. Tractenberg claims to have, since I would never recommend such a mistake to franchisees).
And I will certainly not give in to a lawsuit based on Sterling Partners’ and “Super Lawyer” Craig Tractenberg’s belief that they can singlehandedly eliminate the protections granted to website publishers under Section 230 of Title 47 of the United States Code (47 USC § 230).
Starting now, I will be mustering as much support from pro-free speech groups as Public Citizen, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the American Civil Liberties Union, all of whom have come to my aid in the past. In addition, I shall be soliciting support from the many private attorneys who are willing to help a web publisher dedicated to the public interest stand up to the unethical and likely illegal tactics of corporate bullies like you, Sterling Partners and legal thugs like Craig Tractenberg.
So enjoy your weekend, Rick. You might want to carve out a little bit of time to decide how you’re going to justify to your decision to start a war between Sterling Partners and an angry blogger. Be ready to explain to the partners what upside they can expect, as I can see no upside for anyone except Craig Tractenberg and whichever travel agent/Porsche dealer/boat salesman or whomever will end up with Sterling Partners’ wasted legal fees.
All the best,
President, Relentless, Inc.
Relentless, Inc. P.O. Box 10232, Lancaster, PA 17605
Further reading on the School of Rock / Sterling Partners Controversy:
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