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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2021 – Eric J. Bonetti, the plaintiff in a series of lawsuits against Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA, and its former rector, Robert H. Malm, filed an ethics complaint against the attorney, Jeffery Chiow, who represented the church in the initial lawsuit. In that case, Malm claimed that a blog written by the plaintiff’s late mother, Sigrid Yahner, was threatening due to its use of the word “suicide,” and myriad other pretextual claims and sought a protection from abuse order. The ethics complaint, filed with the law firm of Rogers, Joseph, O’Donnell […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2021 – Robert Malm, an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, faces emergency motions for stays filed with both the Virginia Supreme Court and the US Federal District Court. The filings come after Malm’s attorney, Alexandria-based Wayne Cyron, obtained a gag order for discovery after falsely telling the Alexandria Circuit Court that such an order existed in prior litigation between the parties. The case is one of several filed by former parishioner Eric J. Bonetti, a retired attorney, after Malm obtained a protective order against Bonetti after claiming Bonetti […]


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Wareham, MA (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2021 – Episcopal priest Robert H. Malm, interim rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal on-the-Canal in Bourne, is again being sued in the Wareham District Court. The move comes after the court found that prior service of process on the defendant was flawed. At issue are allegations that Malm lied to the Wareham courts, denying that he committed perjury in prior legal proceedings involving former parishioner Eric Bonetti. Specifically, Bonetti claims that Malm falsely stated under oath that Bonetti’s late mother, then terminally ill, contacted Malm repeatedly to set up appointments, only to no-show. […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2021 – Eric Bonetti, plaintiff in a series of lawsuits against the Episcopal Church and the former rector of Alexandria VA-based Grace Episcopal Church, Robert Malm, today blasted the Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts and VIrginia for refusing to address his allegations of illegal conduct on the part of Robert Malm, a priest canonically resident in Virginia who now serves as interim rector of St. Peter’s on the Canal in Bourne Massachusetts. He also warned victims of abuse against contacting the Episcopal church for help. “I have repeatedly complained to the Episcopal Dioceses of […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2021 – Even as Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria Virginia, preaches health, wholeness and respect for the dignity of every human being, it continues to avoid, deny, explain and defend the indefensible. That’s the message of Eric Bonetti, plaintiff in a series of lawsuits against the church and its former rector, Robert H. Malm, after a motions court hearing in Wareham Massachusetts on Wednesday. During the hearing, an attorney for Malm asked the court to dismiss complaints of abuse of process, defamation, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress on the basis […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2021 – An attorney for Episcopal priest Robert H. Malm is attempting to interfere with police investigations of his client. That’s the complaint of Eric Bonetti, plaintiff in a series of lawsuits that claim that Malm has repeatedly committed perjury before courts in Virginia and Massachusetts. In addition, Malm is accused of concealing evidence adverse to him in previous litigation, lying to the courts by providing false statements of law and fact, witness tampering, threatening the plaintiff, and defaming him by accusing him of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” Bonetti makes the claim in […]


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Bourne, MA (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2021 – Robert Malm, an Episcopal priest sued for defamation, abuse of process, and perjury, is slated to provide a video deposition later this month. Malm, canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, faces a number of lawsuits after bringing a civil suit against former parishioner Eric Bonetti, in which he accused Bonetti of threatening him and Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria VA. Among Malm’s accusations was that a blog, published by Bonetti’s late mother, was an act of “domestic terrorism,” due to its use of the word “suicide,” and its […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2021 – The plaintiff in a lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria VA, is alleging that the church’s former rector, Bob Malm, has again knowingly provided false information to the Alexandria Circuit Court. The plaintiff, Eric Bonetti, specifically alleges that, in recent court pleadings, Malm lied by claiming that Bonetti has repeatedly posted comments about Malm under the names of various siblings. Bonetti’s only brother, Brian Bonetti, died almost 27 years to the day of Cyron’s pleadings. Following the filing of the allegedly false pleadings, Bonetti repeatedly contacted Malm’s attorney, Wayne […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2021 – In pleadings filed today with the Wareham Massachusetts, plaintiff Eric Bonetti asked the court to dismiss defendant’s objections to his lawsuit. The defendant, Robert Hiller Malm, is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Virginia, and presently serves as interim rector of St. Peter’s on the Canal, in Bourne Massachusetts. The suit had its genesis in Malm’s efforts to obtain a protective order against plaintiff Eric Bonetti. In response, Bonetti denied the allegations, and filed a civil complaint alleging that Malm committed perjury, engaged in abuse of process, and […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2021 – Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria Virginia, is trying to suppress public awareness of the various lawsuits against it. That’s the conclusion reached by plaintiff Eric J. Bonetti, a former member, who has sued the church in various state and federal courts. Bonetti reached that conclusion after information on the various lawsuits was removed from the church’s Wikipedia page, located at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Episcopal_Church_(Alexandria,_Virginia). “This is not the first time that the church and former rector Robert Malm have attempted to suppress the public’s right to know,” said Bonetti. “It is my position […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – No date has been set for the Virginia Supreme Court to hear the case. Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria VA, together with defendant Bob Malm, an Episcopal priest, are scheduled for hearings before the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on July 28 in the matter of Bonetti v. Grace Episcopal Church et al. At issue are an outstanding motion under the Stored Communications Act, which was not considered by the court prior to dismissing the case. The motion asserts that Malm’s wife Leslie or other members […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2021 – A lawsuit against Episcopal priest Robert H. Malm, canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, has gone to the Virginia Supreme Court on interlocutory appeal. Filed pro se by retired attorney Eric J. Bonetti, the suit alleges that Malm engaged in tortious abuse of process by filing false police reports and a request for a protective order for an improper purpose, which Bonetti alleges was to silence his criticism of Malm’s conduct. The suit also alleges the other aspect of abuse of process — actions improper in the ordinary course […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2021 – Eric J. Bonetti, plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria Virginia and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, today issued a statement concerning the litigation and related issues. “I remain deeply concerned about the church’s actions, including what I allege is its abuse of the protective order system in order to try to suppress legitimate criticism of the church, its clergy, and its conduct. This includes the church’s various false statements under oath, including that it has been threatened, that my late mother contacted the church repeatedly prior […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 03, 2021 – A Northern Virginia-based plaintiff is suing his former church, his former priest, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and the City of Alexandria in federal district court. The action, filed by Eric J. Bonetti in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleges that Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria Virginia; its former rector, the Rev. Robert H. Malm; the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; and the City of Alexandria conspired in filing a fabricated lawsuit in state court against the plaintiff, in which they falsely alleged that plaintiff had threatened the church and its […]


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San Mateo, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2021 – Sanjiv N. Singh, a Professional Law Corporation, with co-counsel Indrajana Law Group, a Professional Law Corporation, have filed suit in Alameda County against Henry Schein, Inc., one of the world’s leading healthcare product distributors. The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination in connection with a longstanding employee’s Asian American wife who was denigrated on the basis of her Asian heritage and objectified on the basis of her gender without any intervention or appropriate action by Henry Schein. The lawsuit specifically alleges that Henry Schein maliciously and repeatedly retaliated against her husband after […]


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Brewster, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2020 – Attorneys Michael LoGiudice and Katherine E. Smith have filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, a Manhattan Federal District Court, alleging that corrections officers at Rikers Island ran a scheme that used favored inmates as violent forces, ultimately resulting in inmates violently slashing our client’s face and breaking his jaw. The complaint alleges that our client became a victim of the scheme, dubbed the “World Tour,” after getting into an argument with a corrections officer at Rikers. The lawsuit also alleges that our client was repeatedly relocated to […]


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Miami Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2020 – Matthew McElligott, a partner at VCM Law Group is a primary attorney in the prominent Black Art Censorship lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach. Along with the ACLU of Florida and the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter, Attorney McElligott is fighting for the rights of Rodney Jackson, the artist whose First Amendment rights were violated when the city forced his mural portraying the killing of Raymond Herisse by police in 2019 to be removed from an important exhibit. Art curators Octavia Yearwood and Jared McGriff are also plaintiffs […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2020 – Chester Weger, convicted in the infamous Starved Rock State Park murders decades ago, was released from prison on February 21,2020. Mr. Weger, who had been serving a life sentence, was granted parole by the Illinois Prison Review Board in November 2019. Hale and Monico represented Mr. Weger in his most recent parole bid. He was convicted after confessing to the murder of Lillian Oetting at Starved Rock State Park in 1960. Ms. Oetting, 50, was on a short vacation with two friends, Frances Murphy, 47, and Mildred Lindquist, 50. The three […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2020 – Hale & Monico is representing Derrick West in a claim alleging that he was brutally beaten by Florida Department of Corrections Officers in 2017. Andy Hale is serving pro hac vice, collaborating with local co-counsel Mary Sherris in Orlando, Florida. The complaint against the Florida Department of Corrections, and named and unnamed corrections officers, alleges that Mr. West was victimized by unprovoked attacks on October 8, 2016, February 12, 2017 and again on July 6, 2017. The first alleged attack occurred in the Lake Correctional Institution by a correctional officer and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2020 – Hale & Monico is representing the family of an autistic child in a lawsuit over alleged abuse at Prairie Oak Elementary School in Berwyn District 98. Lucia Roden, mother of Gianni Fata-Roden, accused the school of repeatedly abusing her son dating back to 2015. Attorney John Chwarnzynski told reporters, “The School and its agents have allowed this severely autistic child to be battered and assaulted numerous times.” According to Ms. Roden, her son came home from school in early February with permanent marker scrawlings on his back and neck. Gianni has […]


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