Thursday, December 06, 2007

Dale Newman sued by DTE

Oh happy day! I did a little searching to find out what Dale Newman was up to, and struck gold. DTE is taking the landlord to court for his fraudulent hackery! Ann Arbor News:

DTE suing landlord, saying utilities stolen

Meter tampering, nonpayment among accusations
Thursday, October 11, 2007
DTE has filed a lawsuit accusing Ann Arbor landlord Dale Newman of energy theft and non-payment and seeks a little more than $500,000 in damages, according to court documents.

$500,000 is triple what he actually owes, which is still an astounding amount:
It alleges Newman has been underbilled or failed to pay $36,736 in electrical bills and $111,011 in gas bills. DTE also stated its investigation cost $25,000 and wanted Newman to reimburse it for that bill.

DTE is asking for three times the amount of actual damages, which it says is $172,748 plus costs and reasonable attorney fees.

But wait! There's more! Dale Newman also faces pressure from the city to tear down the dilapidated Michigan Inn:
For the better part of two decades the Michigan Inn has been a vacant eyesore on Jackson Road, leaving many to wonder how a multimillion-dollar piece of property could sit undeveloped for so long in a town like Ann Arbor.

Instead of attracting developers, the property has been a magnet for squatters and a headache for the Ann Arbor Police Department.

Its owner, 68-year-old Dale Newman, is a real estate broker who's mired in lawsuits, unpaid bills and convoluted business agreements with partners and creditors who say they are fed up.

Dale Newman and his wife and business partner Christine Dong engaged in these and other illegal business practices while we were tenants of theirs. Click the "Dale Newman" post label to read more about their past offenses.

13 comments:

Agatha said...

II had car work done at Muffler Man which is next door, I think, and I was walking to Zingerman's Roadhouse for lunch; I purposely crossed the five-lane Jackson Road to walk on the other side of the street from the Michigan Inn.

I laughed out loud when he called it a "paradise". What is this man on?

Matthew said...

haha, Christine Dong.

sorry, I had to.

Anonymous said...

Hahah, Nice going Dale! Reality sets in man... The world is after you now!

Anonymous said...

Wearing sunglasses for a mugshot suggests vanity, and something to hide. I'd wager that there's a lot more to your vendetta against Dale Newman and Christine Dong than you're willing to let on.

I've known Dale for over 40 years, and I have never heard any suggestion that he has cheated a tenant or anyone else. I've worked for him, and rented from him, and he has always been totally straight. He frequently employed me to sort out flats that had been trashed by infantile students from rich families who believed the world owed them a living. For a while, I was an Ann Arbor landlord myself. Although most of my tenants were great--some of them became life-long friends--there was always a minority of shits. People who thought that landlords were fair game.

Dale has his faults, and we have had lots of disagreements. I've long urged him to give up his dream of transforming the old Ramada Inn. But to paint him as a villain says more about the painter than the subject. And his partner, Christine Dong, is one of the nicest people I have ever met--generous to a fault. Which is obviously a lot more than can be said about you.

Jeremy said...

"Something to hide," says Anonymous. Dale and Christine ran a multi-year racket of never returning security deposits. I had to sue him in small claims court to get my security deposit back, despite several lies from both Dale and Christine that it the check was in the mail. I'm glad you have a pleasant personal history with him; his $600,000 DTE lawsuit and felony assault charge would suggest otherwise.

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Anonymous, I can't let that comment stand. Email me if you're that concerned.

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