US~Observer Needs Information on Manuel Hiraldo and others!
Epic Golf Club is a “premier private golf society with a VIP concierge booking service for executives who love golf.” Every detail had been meticulously thought-out in forming this successful start-up. This was true for the company’s marketing as well, which was to be handled, in part, by booking meetings and providing promotional offers via text message to those who apply. However, one attorney based out of Florida, has made it his mission to use the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to seemingly take on anyone who he determines he can make a dime on. Right now, Epic Golf Club is in his sights.
Attorney Manuel S. Hiraldo flaunts his victories. With reported multi-million-dollar payouts, they do seem substantial but how is it he has amassed such a “claim-to-fame” fighting TCPA cases? It appears Hiraldo takes one complainant and files a class action suit, anticipating he will obtain access to information on other people the company contacted. This presumes to make his original class action legitimate – or does it? In many instances these companies don’t have the resources to fight such a case and simply fold into Hiraldo’s demands.
In the case of Epic Golf Club, Hiraldo is representing Attorney Brendan Sweeney, who claims Epic Golf Club damaged him by sending him one text message after he had scheduled a meeting with their team and filled out an application to be part of their group. Both Hiraldo and Sweeney’s law practices are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Epic Golf Club had made every effort to conform to the TCPA regulations. In fact, they hired an outside firm to draft the language used to keep them compliant.
The fact remains that Attorney Sweeney actually agreed to be contacted.
The US~Observer finds it very suspicious that Sweeney and Hiraldo practice law in the same city; that they are obviously anticipating the discovery process to provide them with enough information to make their class action lawsuit legitimate; and that Sweeney claims to have suffered any damages by receiving a singular text message in the first place.
Dr. Erol Yoldas, an Orthepedic reconstructive sports medicine doctor was sued by Hiraldo in US District Court in Southern District of Florida. The case was dismissed without prejudice February 25th, 2020. Hiraldo, undeterred, forwarded the case to another attorney, and reported associate of Hiraldo, and Sweeney by the name of Michael Eisenband. Eisenband refiled suit against the good Doctor Yoldas in Broward County Court February 27, 2020.
Eisenband practices out of – yes, you guessed it – Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In another unrelated case, all three connected attorneys, Hiraldo, Eisenband, and Sweeney (a licensed attorney acting as plaintiff) acted together when they sued Nova Dental, Dr. Santiago B. Roldan in Sweeney v. Nova Dental, Inc. Nova’s case was closed in US District Court in August 2019 likely after Nova spent thousands of dollars in attorney fees and settlement costs.
It seems this group of attorneys are targeting reputable businesses that use electronic telephone communication to text and call clients/patients as a normal course of business.
The following has been alleged: “Attorneys Hiraldo, Eisenband, and/or Sweeney make first contact with a company under the false pretense of being an interested client. The company is literally entrapped by the attorneys who simply wait for an appointment confirmation or procedure guidance to claim irreparable harm by a text message or notification call.”
Hiraldo has so far refused to return our two calls and comment on this situation. It does, however, appear that the three attorneys operate jointly in an effort to actively search out businesses and target them by signing up for their services, hoping to receive a text so they can manufacture a claim.
The US~Observer has been informed that numerous individuals and/or businesses are currently speaking with each other about the possibility of filing suit against Hiraldo and others for allegedly filing frivolous lawsuits and/or for manufacturing lawsuits against businesses where there hasn’t been any real damages.
For now, Epic Golf Club is preparing to go to war. They believe that their methods did not violate TCPA and that they will ultimately be vindicated.
Has your company been targeted by Manuel Hiraldo? Contact the US~Observer today – 541-474-7885!
Anyone with information on Attorneys Manuel S. Hiraldo, Brendan Sweeney or Michael Eisenband are also urged to contact the US~Observer at the number above or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, all three Attorneys practice out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.