Yesterday, the Coastal Claims Group (CCG) filed a motion to dismiss Greg Paw's (Freeh Group) attempt to claw back money from the Thonn claim. As AZ noted last month, Freeh and Paw must not have understood how claims and referrals work, as they severely overstated the amount of money they were attempting to claw back from the parties involved in the claim.
In CCG's case...they received nothing from the claim to begin with but Paw demanded they pay back $20,182.50. Here is the motion to dismiss filed by CCG:
CCG Motion to dismiss motion of the special master for return of payments made to Casey C. Thonn and others
I was having a hard time believing my eyes as I was reading this last night. CCG's attorney contacted Greg Paw to inform him that the special master was mistaken in including them in the claw back to which Paw replied:
“Please let us know if your client does contest the Court's jurisdiction, as we will then review whether the DHECC should continue to consider documents prepared by your client given your client’s [sic] assertion that it is not subject to the Court's oversight for such submissions.”Uhhh...what? The motion called that a "thinly-veiled threat"....I would call it something else but it didn't stop there. In a second email, within the week, Paw made the thinly-veiled threat clearer:
“[y]our client should be aware that how it addresses this motion will have a bearing on its future ability to play any role in the DHECC claims process.”That....is what I would call extortion. CCG can call it whatever the hell they want but I call it extortion...pure and simple. The fact that Paw replied this way is harrowing. The fact that he put the threats on paper (email) is either stupid beyond belief or brash beyond belief...or both.
Instead of recognizing they made a mistake...a tens of thousands of dollars mistake...Paw threatens CCG to either shut up about it and pay up or they will stop processing CCG's other claims. I think that's the very definition of extortion, is it not?
I've been told Paw used to work for Chris Christie...I wonder who taught whom?
I will link the exhibits later.