Case Number 30-2010-00393097-CL-CL-CJC (RULE 3.740 COLLECTIONS)
Case Number 07NL02055 (OTHER COLLECTIONS)
Keeping in mind that Attorney John Balent's sometimes claims to have a rate of $300 to $350 per hour,
it's curious that he would be sued in Civil court for nonpayment of his obligations.
In the first matter referenced above Mr. Balent, the plaintiff in that case is
YELLOW BOOK SALES AND DISTRIBUTION COMPANY, INC.
Mr. Balent had contracted with Yellow Book for $10,137.00 in Yellow Page advertising for
his Law Offices but defaulted on the balance.
In the second Civil case filed against Mr. Balent the plaintiff is
MATTERHORN FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC
This company appears to be a third party collection agency hired after Mr. Balent defaulted on an $18,071.00
balanced owed to Citicorp Credit Services on a non paid credit account balance.
To be fair, both cases appear to have been settled out of court. However, John Balent would have a vested interest in these cases not going to trail as he would have been required to report
any entry of judgment against him to the California Bar Association per Business and Professions code Section 6068.
If you are a client or
potential client of Mr. Balent you may want to ask yourself if wish to be represented
by an attorney who defaulted on over $28,000 worth of obligations to the point where the creditors had to sue him.
Also keep in mind these are the only defaults in which complaints were filed in the
Orange County Court system. This website suspects that other defaults exist or defaults where no Civil action was taken.
Public records also indicate a small claims court action taken against Mr. Balent in the
Los Angeles County Superior Court system. That case number is 05M05917 filed by a Kim Mihyun.
Unfortunately, that case file has been destroyed and we are unable to show it on this website. This website suspects this may have been a former client with a billing issue, but there is no way to know for certain until this website can make contact with the plaintiff.