Hao Liu, Can You Go? Texas Supreme Court Demands Dallas Man Stop Playing Lawyer.
Harvey Birdman's more of an attorney than Hao Liu.
Hao Liu is not an attorney. He's never been an attorney, nor a member of the State Bar of Texas. He's also not in law school. Never has been to law school. Hard to say what he does -- except, that is, tie up Dallas courts with frivolous lawsuits.
Used to be, according to the Supreme Court of Texas's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, that Liu -- who also goes by the name Hal, like the Green Lantern -- filed lawsuits on his own behalf. Like, in 2003, he sued the SMU Dedman School of Law, claiming the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteed his right to admission no matter what. Case dismissed.
He sued Toyota for civil rights violations. He then sued Sprint, filing, at one point, something called a "Good Can You Hear Me Now Brief." When he sued Sony in '03, he filed a "Blue White and Red Compiled in Motion Defending the Constutition of the United States" brief. Dismissed, dismissed and dismissed.
Then he moved on to bigger fish and started filing suits on behalf of himself and others. He sued the city of Corsicana, the Texas Department of Housing and Plano Medical Center. All were dismissed. He was told he couldn't file any more suits without the courts' OK. He was told to stop pretending he was an attorney. He was told to stop using his phony "federal bar number." The Supreme Court's UPLC investigated and offered Liu a chance to walk away, if he'd agree to sign a cease-and-desist agreement. He refused.
Which is how, on Wednesday, the fake lawyer became the subject of this very real lawsuit.
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