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Hoa Tran’s Campaign Manager “Allegedly” Files Suit

Orange Juice Blog and Red County/OCBlog are reporting that Hoa Van Tran campaign manager Edgardo Reynoso has filed suit against two former staffers and “10” Does for Defamation in an unlimited civil lawsuit.

Well, he hasn’t actually filed shit as of (9:00 am today). The papers are unsigned by the attorney of record and have NOT BEEN SERVED ON ANYONE.

What Reynoso is doing is harassing the individual who filed a police report and subsequent restraining order against Reynoso for allegedly running her off the road. His alleged suit is similar to a SLAPP suit. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, in which a corporation or developer sues an organization in an attempt to scare it into dropping protests against a corporate initiative. SLAPP suits typically involve the environment–for example, local residents who are petitioning to change zoning laws to prevent a real estate development might be sued in a SLAPP suit for interference with the developer’s business interests. Many states have “anti-SLAPP suit” statutes that protect citizens’ rights to free speech and to petition the government.

In this case Reynoso is suing an individual a few days before a hearing to determine if a permenant restraining order against him is needed.

Hoa Van Tran and his boss Phu Do Nguyen have done this before when they distributed a letter to a blogger for the LiberalOC that accused a fromer staffer and whistleblower of theft and threatening legal action.

In an election where Hoa Van Tran cannot find his ass from a hole in the ground, now I bet they will blame an impending campaign loss on the former employees who raised concerns and reported alleged improper conduct.

Note to Hoa, Phu Do Nguyen, and Edgardo: I look forward to dumping a pile of evidence of improper conduct in the lap of the District Attorney after you lose the election today. They can take it from there.


  1. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski June 3, 2008

    So the finger pointing has begun.

  2. Sigh. Sigh. June 3, 2008

    It’s been going on for a while Dan. Starting and ending with your fellow blogger Sean Mill who has accused everybody of everything whether it is true or not.

  3. Sean H. Mill Sean H. Mill June 3, 2008


    It looks like we’ll find out who was telling the truth. I am pretty comfortable with anything I have said. Are you?

  4. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski June 3, 2008

    Having interviewed both Misha and Edgardo; I am completely comfortable with who I believe is telling the truth.

  5. Sean H. Mill Sean H. Mill June 3, 2008


    Telling the story under oath is a much different matter altogether. Thankfully we don’t conduct witch trials in this country anymore and people aren’t convicted based on what one person or public opinion believes.

    Everyone will get their day in court and we will see who blinks.

  6. attorney attorney June 3, 2008

    The Orange County Superior Court website reflects that the lawsuits were indeed filed as follows:
    1. On 5/30/08 a lawsuite was filed Reynosa v. Rychel and Hauser Case No. 30-2008-00107350 for alleged defamation;
    2. On 5/22/08 Hoa Van Tran v. Misha Hauser fwas filed for alleged breach of contract Case No. 30-20008-00070722.

    The lawsuit are filed and usually the court provides 45 days for service. Chris should check his facts. I suggest that he go the court website and research the facts. Facts are different than allegations. There seems to be grat confusion beween the two.

  7. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski June 3, 2008

    No oe has been served in eitehr case; your server needs to personally serve the lawsuit and it seems like you can’t do that right either.

  8. Sean H. Mill Sean H. Mill June 3, 2008


    Prevatt wrote, “Well, he hasn’t actually filed shit as of (9:00 am today)”, and that is factually incorrect. Lawsuits have been filed against Courtney and Misha. You cannot refute that. It is fact.

    Prevatt and others claim to be the purveyors of truth and yet he continues to misrepresent the facts. He did so again this morning and even used profanity while doing so.

  9. Chris Prevatt Chris Prevatt Post author | June 3, 2008


    How, shouldn’t you be getting out the vote today instead of blogging? Edgardo was up early this AM blogging bull crap and now you are. But thanks for the info.

    Given that you and your morons have no clue what you are doing; if you ever manage to serve someone, it will be fun to watch your suits get thrown out with prejudice.

    And as Sean knows, filing a false police report is a crime. Which may explain why Hoa is suing to get an allegedly stolen computer back instead of filing a police report. It seems that since Ms. Rychel has filed a police report, her statement has already been made under penalty of perjury. I believe that Ms. Houser has also filed a police report. The same cannot be said for Mr. Reynoso.

    By the way, You guys should be focusing on the real possibility of defending your tails from charges of conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws as well as the relatively minor penalties of actually violating the laws.

    You’re in a hole. Stop Digging.

  10. Sigh. Sigh. June 3, 2008

    Yes Sean. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact you have lied about people to promote your BFF Reynoso. You have thrown so many people under the bus with your false accusations. It is regretful that you could be so gullible.

  11. Chris Prevatt Chris Prevatt Post author | June 3, 2008


    My statement was based upon the information that Edgardo and/or his attorneys released. In particular, an unsigned and as far as could be determined by visual inspecton, unfiled complaint. My conclusion this morning was accurate.

    I have since viewed the Superior Court record and indeed, two “retaliatory” suits have been filed. Nobody has been served as yet, and I doubt Do Phu really wants that to happen. While he and Edgardo may think discovery is a single edged sword, it is not.

  12. Eve Gawronsky Eve Gawronsky June 3, 2008

    Maybe Debie McEwen and Julie Stroud will be your friend now Sean.

  13. Sean H. Mill Sean H. Mill June 3, 2008

    “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact you have lied about people”

    Please document any lie that I have told. Please cite references and documentation to back up this absurd claim.

    Just because you say its so and you can get support from some in the peanut gallery around here does not make it so.

    Please put up or shut up.

  14. Fed Up Fed Up June 3, 2008

    Sean, speaking of “put up or shut up”, I think you need to stop implying that the campaign workers are being untruthful, because that is what you are implying. We’ere you there?

    You’ve not been objective nor upfront during this whole ordeal and I don’t see why you continue to shill for this campaign.

    As for Chris’ profanity, I don’t think there’s been enough cussing concerning this issue, it shouldn’t be taken lightly and it deserves a lot of anger.

  15. Sean H. Mill Sean H. Mill June 3, 2008

    “I think you need to stop implying that the campaign workers are being untruthful”

    I guess we’ll find out who’s telling the truth soon enough. Everyone will get their day in court and we shall see how everything shakes out.

    Why is it that I am supposed to stop implying things and yet Prevatt and others are to be given free reign to trash the campaign, the candidate and everyone associated with it?

    The truth will be coming out and I am confident that I will be shown to be correct.

  16. Jubal Jubal June 3, 2008

    Everyone will get their day in court and we shall see how everything shakes out.

    Does that include you, Sean? Or are you just chirping fro the sidelines?

  17. Bolsavik Bolsavik June 3, 2008

    Actually, everyone may NOT get their day in court.

    It’s not unprecedented for political campaigns to threaten or file lawsuits as a way to quell certain accusations, but never follow up with them.

    There’s a non-zero chance that Reynoso may never serve his lawsuit on the defendants.

    That may be an answer to question I raised in my blog: Why did Reynoso file his own lawsuit rather than just cross-complain in Rychel’s lawsuit?

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