Over 40 Court Cases and People Litigated by Reno Fontana
PALM SPRINGS, CA – Like a junkie who must have his fix, Reno Fontana appears to be addicted to court appearances. Since 1995, the former occupant of the Palm Springs home once owned by Elvis Presley has appeared in court well over 100 times in over 40 court cases.
Reno Fontana’s considerable courtroom experience taught him valuable lessons.
“He bleeds you to death with continuances,” said one litigant who asked his name not be used. “He knows every trick in the book to delay. Reno Fontana is a silver tongue devil that cost me our life savings as a result of his courtroom antics.”
Repeated attempts to reach Reno Fontana have failed. His telephone is disconnected. Email sent him is not acknowledged. Calls to his attorney are not returned. Reno Fontana promised to provide us information and an interview but failed to follow through. We continue to appeal to Reno Fontana to contact us to explain his side of the story.
Research Just Beginning
A considerable amount of time is required to read the minutes of each case and our research has just begun. In addition to court cases in Riverside Superior Court, both in Indio and Riverside courts, there are appeals and bankruptcies by Reno Fontana awaiting further research.
To be honest, it is not yet known if 59 year old Reno Fontana has additional courtroom experience prior to 1995 in Indiana, where he originated, or in North Carolina where he also lived and worked as a NASCAR driver.
The list of people brought into court with or against Reno Fontana includes Clare Plowman, Debbie Summers, Tammy Summers, Louis George, Sharon B Levy, Kemal Kucevic, Herman E Jahne, Bill Magsam, Adrian Van Rijs, Teri Gianna, Kenneth Blair, Eva Diane Blair, Antonio Santamaria, Lincoln Walker, Elaine Holmes, Bertha Johnston, Theadore H Smyth Jr; Michele Knudson; Keith Jeske; William Hackney; Trevor A Shanski; Peter Schmitt; Carol Schmitt; Gary Cornforth; Caryn Faller; Maria B Delgado; Solomon Mendez; Denis Amdahl; Jose Torres; Eva Torres Pena; Emilo Torres; Octavio Torres; Esther Ramirez; Rachel Armstrong; Jesus Jaimes Villalpando and Peter Flax.
Court documents also name the wife of Reno Fontana who goes by the names of Laura Fontana, Laura Whittier, Laura Whitter, and Lori Ann Whittier.
A number of business names are also associated with Reno Fontana’s court appearances including Kings Holdings; Girl Cosmetics International; JR Investments & Development, Inc.; Financial Bonanza, LLC; Valley Animal Medical Center; Arco Solutions; Wee Haul Moving and Storage, Inc.; MacGruder Chevrolet; Crystal Chrysler Center and Coachella Valley Collection Service and Priority Collections.
Even the State of California Labor Commission won a judgment against Reno Fontana.
Who Owns the Elvis Presley House?
Although Reno Fontana lived in the Elvis Presley property for ten years and claims to be the owner, exhaustive research has not found his name on title to the property.
When evicted by the Sheriff last month Fontana went on record referring to his foreclosure as a fraudclosure. Shortly after his removal Reno Fontana became embroiled in controversy over personal property and artwork and Elvis Presley memorabilia he removed from the property.
“I’m living in my car,” Reno Fontana said, “The Elvis Presley estate is mine. All this will be resolved by the courts. If it takes me another 10 years to get back in there, I’ll do it.”
Reno Fontana Communique
On 3-11 we received this email from Reno Fontana
“As my attorney has determined that your slanderous and inflammatory written accounts about me bear no truth, I have been advised to have no further communication with you. Your online stories in reference to me have all been printed for use in a lawsuit we will be filing against you at a later time not to distant in the future.
The matter of future litigation against you may be prevented however upon your retraction of both your articles about me. As you have seen and read by now, The Desert Sun realized they made a huge mistake by quoting attorney Rubin’s remark’s. With documentation in front of them countering his every word, TDS printed a story that clearly refuted Rubin’s claims about me not paying my mortgage or trying to pay off Financial Bonanza’s loan. If not for limited newspaper space, every other negative accusation Rubin made about me would have been retracted also. The Desert Sun is a reputable paper that decided they had to correct its wrong done to me.
This matter, and the degree of legal action (or non action, depending on your decisions to the solution offered you herein) I’ll be taking in the future is left in your hands.
If you want to print my comments, print this e-m in your next column as my response to your inquiries.”
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