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State ex rel. Thomas v. Disanto

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eleventh District, Lake

August 21, 2017

STATE OF OHIO ex rel. THOMAS L. THOMAS, Relator-Appellant,
v.
CAROL ANN DISANTO, et al., Respondents-Appellees.

         Civil Appeal from the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 2016 CV 000533.

          Thomas L. Thomas, pro se, (Relator-Appellant).

          Brett J. Plassard, (For Respondents-Appellees, Carol Ann Disanto, Dorene Disanto, Gregory Disanto, James Disanto).

          Julie Downy, pro se, (Respondent-Appellee).

          Nancy B. Robison, (For Respondent-Appellee, Robert Meyers).

          Michael M. Wolf, Holman, Frank & McDonald, (For Respondent-Appellee, Jennifer O'Boyle).

          Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, and W. Scott Meyers, Assistant Attorney General, State Office Tower, (For Respondent-Appellee, Mary Taylor).

          Richard A. Williams and Susan S.R. Petro, Williams & Schoenberger Co., L.L.C., (For Respondent-Appellee, Ann M. Radcliffe).

          Todd E. Petersen, Petersen & Petersen, (For Respondent-Appellee, Bill Spears).

          JR Ziegler, pro se, (Respondent-Appellee).

          OPINION

          COLLEEN MARY O'TOOLE, J.

         {¶1} Appellant, Thomas L. Thomas, appeals from the October 4, 2016 judgment of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, denying his pro se Civ.R. 60(B) motion for relief from judgment and reaffirming its previous order dismissing his complaint for lack of prosecution. Finding no error, we affirm.

         {¶2} This matter involves an underlying real estate transaction in which appellant alleges that fraud was committed against him. On March 21, 2016, appellant filed a pro se complaint for declaratory judgment and writ of mandamus against appellees Carol Ann Disanto, Dorene Disanto, Gregory Disanto, James Disanto, Julie Downy, Robert Meyers, Jennifer O'Boyle, Mary Taylor, Ann Radcliffe, and Bill Spears. Because appellant failed to include appellees' addresses, the trial court ordered that he file an amended complaint.

         {¶3} On April 14, 2016, appellant filed an amended pro se complaint against the foregoing appellees and named an additional defendant, appellee JR Ziegler. Appellant also provided addresses for all parties pursuant to the trial court's order. In response, the following appellees filed answers and/or Civ.R. 12(B)(6) motions to dismiss: Bill Spears filed answers on April 29, 2016 and May 2, 2016; Robert Meyers filed an answer on May 3, 2016; Mary Taylor filed a Civ.R. 12(B)(6) motion to dismiss on May 6, 2016; Jennifer ...


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