EarthQuest's Don Holbrook Threatens to Sue Critics into Submission

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EarthQuest's Don Holbrook just wishes people would shut up and believe whatever he shovels their way.
We couldn't help but laugh our asses off at the latest move by EarthQuest "consultant" Don Holbrook to silence two of his loudest critics: Last week, he hired an Ohio attorney to send cease and desist letters to Garland, Texas, resident Heather Dobrott, who runs a site called realscam.com, and to a former official of the town of Parumph, Nevada, where Holbrook has done consulting work.

We have a copy of the letter sent to Dobrott. In bold all-caps (that's how you know a lawyer's not fuckin' around), Sue Seeberger gives the self-described scambuster two choices: stop writing "defamatory" things about Holbrook, or else "provide me with complete evidence of the truth of each and every statement and comment that you have posted anywhere on the internet."

The funny thing is, that's exactly what the Houston Press and others have been wanting from Holbrook: evidence for the weird stuff he says. Yet it's apparently only a one-way street: Holbrook can make outrageous, unsubstantiated claims about his business acumen, and no one else can question him.

For example, Holbrook claims to have "worked on over 100 projects representing over $1 billion...in capital investment, generating more than 50,000 jobs in his nearly 20 years in the profession." Holbrook has never responded to requests from both the Tribune and the Press to identify these elusive projects and jobs.

News articles and public documents from his brief economic development agency stints in Arizona, Minnesota and Indiana don't suggest anything close to that. When we tried to find out more from these agencies, we were left hanging. The Lake Havasu City Partnership for Economic Development, which didn't renew its contract with Holbrook after two years, didn't want to tell us anything about him; no one from the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation or Red Wing Port Authority wanted to talk, either -- not a surprise, considering how he threatened to sue folks associated with the former and actually did sue the latter.

There's also the bizarre claim that he "launched the first economic development Web site in the world in 1991." Really? In 1991? For a guy whose dead-link-littered personal site looks like it was created by a distracted eighth-grader circa 1999, we're somewhat skeptical that Holbrook was that far ahead of the curve. Could he at least provide someone with a screen cap?

Then there's the curious matter of the 2010 itinerary of the National Rural Economic Developers Association's conference, in which Holbrook is described as being "awarded a federal grant from the Obama Administration's Center for Rural Affairs to prepare a report highlighting best practices in creating green collar jobs across Rural America [sic]."

We're not aware of any such government entity, and when we asked a representative at the NREDA where in the world they got this information, she told us that the NREDA just prints whatever comes their way without bothering to verify. (The only Center for Rural Affairs we could find was a Nebraska-based nonprofit.)

Oddly, no grant money is listed on Holbrook's Nevada bankruptcy filing from late 2011, which is not to be confused with his Arizona bankruptcy filing from 2010. And, for that matter, we haven't found a copy of this report anywhere. (And we can't very well request a report from a government office that doesn't appear to exist.)


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hdobrott
hdobrott

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cleveland/news/earthquest-looks-forward-to-potential-capital-infusion/article_a6311cf0-035b-57e0-b8d5-f0b94379d3ad.html

Chris Brown and the mysterious investors did not show as promised in May or August.  Earthquest will now be taken off of future EMCID agendas until such time as Brown has money and contracts in hand.  Earthquest is busted!

Looks like Holbrook has one whopper of a failed project!  Anyone still wondering why I have been his most vocal critic?

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/earthquest-sinkhole-for-residents-taxes/article_f159b45f-8f68-5a4f-8372-7c78fd3009ee.html

hdobrott
hdobrott

The readers will be shocked no doubt, but Earthquest is still perpetually stalled.  Contour lost the original property after years of goofing around.  In the first week of May 2014 Contour was to bring foreign investors in to see the property and then close that month.  As usual nothing happened. 

Why would any news media or taxpayers take anything Don Allen Holbrook, Chris Brown of Contour Entertainment or Frank "The Bank" McCrady (EMCID buffoon on the taxpayers dime) has to say?  Numerous groundbreaking dates and opening dates have come and gone.  Holbrook is such a liar that he wrote to Pahrump in May 2011 that Contour was closing on the Earrthquest property at that time and the project would break ground in early 2012. 

Holbrook and his family live like royalty and he will do anything to make a buck apparently.  That explains why this wildly (insert dripping sarcasm) successful developer is perpetually in bankruptcy.  While Frank McCrady took that creep on a world tour believing he had 100s of successful projects worth billions of dollars that created 50,000 jobs, Holbrook was wallowing in chapter 7 bankruptcy to the tune of almost 2 million.  Not surprisingly he was writing off 1.29 million in legal fees.


This Earthquest deal was a scam from day one.  Holbrook's LLCs waltzed off with 1.2 million.  The taxpayers just got screwed.  $21,000,000.00 in bonds will have to be satisfied. 

Now, just who does Holbrook want to sue next???

hdobrott
hdobrott

Don Allen Holbrook's threatening and then suing his legitimate critics sure turned out swell.  At this juncture the Fantasy Land EarthQuest Adventures park appears to be dead as the dinosaurs that were the original inspiration for said.  In a mere 4 weeks, after years of groundbreaking dates have come and gone, the option to repurchase the property for EarthQuest that was lost in bankruptcy will expire.  Stern Brothers and Co. is refusing to respond to requests for an update on the status of the financing for the park. It is high time the taxpayers who have already spent millions of dollars and are on the hook for $21,000,000.00 in bonds demand answers!   

hdobrott
hdobrott

http://ourtribune.com/article.php?id=14947

This dinosaur is dead. Chris Brown is now admitting he does in fact need half of a billion dollars just to get this behemoth underway. It would take hundreds of millions more to complete this international destination theme park.  Epic fail!!!  

hdobrott
hdobrott

Don Allen Holbrook's frivolous lawsuit was a brilliant career move.  He is now hawking timeshares for Blue Green Resorts.  One step above used Pinto salesman in my book!!!

hdobrott
hdobrott

While dubious consultant Don Allen Holbrook has been suing half the planet, the FBI has been busy investigating EMCID thanks in part to his fine consulting on the failed Earthquest theme park project.  SoHolbrook has consulted that East Montgomery County Improvement district into a multi-agency investigation.  Hilarious! 

 

http://www.ourtribune.com/article.php?id=14113

hdobrott
hdobrott

Don Allen Holbrook will have many more critics to deal with when the citizens of East Montgomery County realize he is hitting up the Improvement District for more money.  Holbrook wants what he claims is his remaining pay for his work on the defunct Earthquest Institute charity.  He was paid $185.00 for the hours he did receive compensation for.  In total, he was paid 1.2 million dollars for his work related to the failed Earthquest destination theme park.   The taxpayers should not have to spend another dime on this pipe dream.  Just say no to Holbrook!  And for the love of mud, let's send Frank McCrady packing as well!!!

hdobrott
hdobrott

Don Allen Holbrook LLC has dropped his frivolous, harassment suit against this fine paper and its top notch reporter, Craig Malisow.  The paper had an agreed stipulation that gave them until August 30 to file a reply.  So, before the HP could even respond, Don Holbrook's attorney, Sue Seeberger, dismissed the suit.  Holbrook made all sorts of threats on here and demanded we taxpayers of Texas noT discuss him and his perpetually stalled Earthquest project.  Now, we see his case is such a disaster that he is dismissing parties that haven't even filed an answer.  Hilarious!!!!

Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott
Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott

I believe this will be the last nail in the Earthquest coffin.   We have that complete buffoon Frank McCrady to blame for this ridiculous debacle.  I assume to board will send him packing and never pay Don Holbrook another dime after this outrage! PLAINTIFF CITY OF HUBER HEIGHTS OHIO 6131 TAYLORSVILLE ROAD HUBER HEIGHTS OH 45424 ATTORNEY(S) L. MICHAEL BLY 2700 KETTERING TOWER DAYTON OH 45423 DEFENDANT DON ALLEN HOLBROOK LLC 9200 DALMAHOY PLACE LAS VEGAS NV 89145 ATTORNEY(S) SUE SEEBERGER 5975 KENTSHIRE DRIVE, SUITE D DAYTON OH 45440-4264 3RD PARTY PLAINTIFF DON ALLEN HOLBROOK LLC ATTORNEY(S) SUE SEEBERGER 5975 KENTSHIRE DRIVE, SUITE D DAYTON OH 45440-4264 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT HEATHER DOBROTT AKA:     SOAPBOX MOM 2518 SUNCREST DRIVE GARLAND TX 75044-7032 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT FRANK MAURIZIO 581 CHINA STREET PAHRUMP NV 89048-0782 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT CRAIG MALISOW IN CARE OF THE HOUSTON PRESS 1621 MILAM STREET SUITE 100 HOUSTON TX 77002 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT HOUSTON PRESS DBA:     HOUSTON PRESS LP DBA:     VILLAGE VOICE MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC DBA:     BACKPAGE.COM LLC REGISTERED AGENT NATIONAL REGISTERED AGENTS INC 300 W CLARENDON AVE SUITE 230 PHEONIX AZ 85013 1201 E. JEFFERSON STREET PHOENIZ AZ 85034 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT PAHRUMP VALLEY TIMES DBA:     STEPHENS MEDIA LLC DBA:     STEPHENS MEDIA GROUP P O BOX 70 LAS VEGAS NV 89125-0192 2160 E CALVADA BLVD PAHRUMP NV 89125 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT CYNTHIA CALVERT INDIVIDUAL 1036 FIRST ST SUITE C HUMBLE TX 77338 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT CYNTHIA CALVERT EDITOR PUBLISHER CHEIF EXEC OFFICER OF THE TRIBUNE AKA OURTRIBUNE.COM 1036 FIRST ST SUITE C HUMBLE TX 77338 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT TRIBUNE AKA:     OUR.TRIBUNE.COM 1036 FIRST ST SUITE C HUMBLE TX 77338 ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT JOHN AND OR JANE DOES ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 3RD PARTY DEFENDANT DOE INC AND OR DOE LLC ATTORNEY(S) NO ATTORNEY ON FILE 

Jeffl
Jeffl

I'm a news director at a radio station in Indiana where Holbrook used to work until he was canned in 2006.  I can tell you all about him!

Laredo
Laredo

I bet Holbrook will be laughing his ass off all the way to the bank after his high paid lawyers are done with Heather and Craig.

beckyjones
beckyjones

@hdobrott Holbrook has been a piece of shit for 20+ years him and his "associates" deserve what they get.

LuvNLife
LuvNLife

 Laredo,

Since you apparently have some personal knowledge concerning Holbrook, how about if you share what you believe to be the inaccuracies in the newspaper article and website postings? Specific examples would be very helpful to all of us readers.

Oh, and as I'm sure Holbrook is aware, I believe since it would be a civil judgement, "Heather and Craig" could always file bankruptcy, have it discharged, and he'd never see a nickel, including all of the attorney fees he'd rack up in the meantime. Funny how bankruptcy can be both a tool and a weapon, depending on what side of it you're on.

Finally, one key item in any civil action is known as discovery. Quite often, those that choose to litigate rethink it when they are under court order to provide certain information, for example, tax returns, which may be less than flattering to them personally, and potentially undermine their assertions.

Jerry

Really
Really

You obviously know little about the law.

Laredo
Laredo

If Holbrook believes he has lost business because of Craig and Heather he should sue them and let a judge decide if free speech includes things like borrowing photos from Holbrooks facebook page, writing little captures underneath them accusing him of being drunk in the photos. Heather has called him every name she can think of to persuade internet readers that Holbrook is some kind of criminal. Freedom of speech comes with a few responsibilities. If you choose to dedicate your life to destroying someone else's you might have abused the privilege in the eyes of a judge. 

That amateurish, long winded, HP article written by that pseudo-journalist wannabee (there is a good reason why the Houston Press is free) reads as though Holbrook is guilty of criminal activity when people working with him on the EarthQuest project say that he did what he was paid to do. The article seems to blame the reason the park has not found funding yet is because of things the developer team did or did not do without once acknowledging the fact that VERY VERY few half billion dollar developments have found funding since the economy tanked. Banks are very tight with money these day in case you haven't noticed. A lot of money gets spent on projects that never get built - it doesn't automatically mean there was any wrong doing - but the lame HP article was intent on finding a scapegoat and released an article that has damaged some people's reputation to some degree. If Holbrook knows he did nothing illegal and unethical he should at least TRY to stop the people who are accusing him. I would if I felt someone was unjustly trying to damage my reputation and my reputation was how I earned a living.

Holbrook is now in a position that he HAS to sue. It will be the only chance he has to stop the daily attacks. If he loses he is no worse off. If he wins he can restore his reputation. He has to try. Heather is obsessed with destroying him. Check out that sad, twisted website of hers. At least 20 rants dedicated to Holbrook per day for months. It's really sick.

H_e_x
H_e_x

You cannot be punished for publishing the truth, no matter how much damage it might to do another. The rest of your statement, well, I don't even know where to begin. Incoherent at best. I hope you aren't their lawyer, because even they deserve someone who can communicate in a somewhat coherent fashion.

Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott
Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott

 Publishing true statements, facts, opinion and hyperbole could not possibly be criminal.  You seem to be imagining there has been some sort of tort.  Criminal intent is in no way related to a tort.  Since no false statements have ever been identified, we seem to have a case of..... May the Farce be with you.  Our Black Knight, Don Holbrook, such as he is, most certainly does not exemplify the virtues that a member of the order is supposed to extole.  

Realscam lawsuit
Realscam lawsuit

Wrong. Many have won large sums of money for far less than what Heather and Paul have done.

"I contacted the organization the following ways:The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - Autonomous Grand Priory of the United States of Americacontact_usa@osmth.org

I made them aware of his vicious attacks on free speech. Don's trampling all over the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States by his not so thinly-veiled threats of legal action against posters on websites. Who does Holbrook think he is trying to silence public discussions concerning projects utilizing thousands or millions of tax dollars? What makes him think he can withhold charity documents that must be made public by law. What shameful behavior! Does his treatment of clients exemplify the actions of a Knight in shining armor???

Soapboxmom"

Wrong Paul R Dobrott and Heather Dobrott.   Even if you post "true info" it must not be done with criminal intent as you and your kin have done.  Take it to court, not to your twisted nonfactual opinionated world. You have done way worse than the criminals who lost a cyper stalking case for 13 million.  You and every member on your site will be cleaned out soon.  I know first hand what is coming your way.

Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott
Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott

The project never had more than a few casual tire kickers from what has been reported.   Guggenheim and some Houston group were never serious it appears.  Now, we are left with tons of unanswered questions and tremendous debt.  Of course, a lawsuit would mean Holbrook would be forced to turn over all the charity docs and other substantiation reporters have been asking for, now wouldn't it? 

How about copies of those videos Holbrook is removing from Youtube. Those lofty claims in the videos were presumably used to lure in clients and snow the taxpayers.  He has refused to substantiate all that so what else can we poor uneducated hicks conclude???  Well, since Holbrook and company want to keep this topic hot, I am sure our fine reporter, Malisow will keep right on investigating!  Someone has to help us Texas hicks understand what that big city highfalutin' Christian and Templar Knight is up to!  Holbrook represents chivalry at its finest no doubt!!!

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com...“There has never been a lender, bank, investment banker or the like who has stepped up to the plate to fund this project. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been an individual or corporation with the ‘credit’ or financial statement to make a project of this scope and size become a reality.

“In short, the entirety of this project has been nothing but photos, renderings and dreams funded with taxpayer dollars.”

Sadler concludes his letter by advising McCrady “that I would not continue advocating this project or addressing the media that ‘this project will happen’ unless and until the above two questions can be answered with clarity and with certain assurances.”

EarthQuest is “busted,” Sadler said. “I’ve been following this for five years; I could have written this a year ago. Hell, enough is enough. It’s unbelievable.”

Sadler said he also has advised McCrady to quit spending money on EarthQuest until an investment banker steps forward.

He also has sent some information regarding EarthQuest to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, he said.

Xposer
Xposer

What a dullard...

Caution
Caution

The key phrase is "As far as I know". There is a lot you don't know - from what I am told.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Once a picture is put on facebook, I doubt someone can claim it is private.This tactic of suing critics isn't new, and only serves to tarnish the already diminished reputation of the person bringing the lawsuit.

Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott
Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott

 The expensive world tour suggested by Holbrook and taken on the taxpayers dime was in 2007 according to the Tribune and Houston Press.  It is quite possible that an independent deal like this was never likely to get funded.  This was no private / public partnership.  Holbrook did not come in with a viable project that already had investors lined up (i.e. the private end of this partnership.)  Very few half billion or what in reality are billion dollar independent ideas actually get funded from what I am told. 

The EMCID and Frank McCrady should have never spent so lavishly on this deal and they should have had completely independent advice on whether a deal like this was viable and could be funded.  As far as I know the papers never received anything more than the one report and it was, from what I understand having never viewed it. perhaps not sufficient to justify going as far with this deal as Holbrook and McCrady went.  The Tribune calculated the ultimate bond debt at 21 million if I am recalling that correctly.  Just how is that going to be satisfied???  

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