Thanks to the research of fellow Trenchers.
I want to bring attention to this guy. He’s a photographer from New Jersey. He licenses photos to the New York Post and news organizations in Northern New Jersey. He’s also a notorious copyright troll that has filed multiple lawsuits using different lawyers including Mathew Higbee. Don’t use this guy’s stuff no matter what kind of photo it is. Even if it’s a picture of a car that is double parked, Sadowski will come after you for it with an outrageous amount.
Watch out for Mathew Higbee and his scam companies. Higbee & Associates operates under numerous alias’s including Recordgone.com, and Mathew K Higbee.
These theives run around on the internet posting fake positive reviews about their company. The truth is they need to post all these fake reviews because they are scamming inoccent people out of their hard earned money. Using Recordgone.com or one of his other shell companies Mathew Higbee and his “team” are charging thousands of dollars for work they never complete. They offer all kinds of fancy promises through their websies, but at the end of the day their service is complete junk and they will give you the run around over and over until they stick you with a multi thousand dollar bill. When you question the bill and services not delivered they will then threaten to sue you.
Higbee & Associates sent me a letter demanding $950 because I used a photo of one of there clients and I did not know I had to pay for the photo. I thought the demand was unreasonable because I found the photo online and it did not have the copyright symbol on it.
Rather than deal with this distraction, I accepted Higbee & Associates offer to settle the matter without a lawsuit for $950. But then Higbee still sued me just because I was a little late in sending payment and did not return their emails when I was on vacation for 2 weeks. Despite their talk about not wanting to sue me, they did it very fast and now are not honoring the agreement to settle for $950. They now want $5, 500 to cover the cost of filing the copyright law suit. This is outrageous and should be illegal. You should not get sued after you agree to settle, even if the payments are a little late. I have the letter that I wrote showing that I intended to settle and pay.
Mathew K. Higbee lives at 3409 Calle Del Torre iin Las Vegas, NV and is registered to vote as a Republican in the State of Nevada. His main office is located in a small strip mall office suite located at 1504 Brookhollow Drive in Santa Ana, California. He has setup virtual office addresses in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington State. When you look at these “office locations” on Google maps you can see that they are also just tiny office buildings–one is shared with a barber shop. If you Google the addresses you’ll see dozens, if not hundreds, of other business using the same addresses as virtual offices to make themselves look legitimate or large.
In order to figure out just how big a threat Higbee is I decided to search on Law360. It appears to me that they rarely file. That could be because most people settle OR because Higbee gives up if people don’t cave. And he files most often in California, where his office is. Thoughts?