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PostPosted: January 25th, 2011, 1:40 pm 
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48TH COMPLAINT ABOUT SHAKESPEARE SQUARED / KIM KLEEMAN!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 48th COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / S2EO / s2eo.com / UpGrade Education / upgradeeducation.com
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:33:29 -0500
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: PR@ShakespeareSquared.com, BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com, JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com, TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com, lmcfarlane@shakespearesquared.com, VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com

NOTE: ACCORDING TO KIM KLEEMAN'S LINKEDIN PROFILE, SHE ALSO OWNS:

UpGrade Education / http://www.upgradeeducation.com

and

S2EO / http://www.s2eo.com

~~~~~

We have already forwarded this complaint to the Illinois Attorney
General's office, and also to Detective Petersen.

January 22, 2011

Kim Kleeman, President/CEO - PR@ShakespeareSquared.com
Beth Carroll, Project Manager - BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com,
info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com
Laura Wasilewski, Digital Media Manager - LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com
Juliet Altun, Financial Director - JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com
Terese Simpson, Project Coordinator II - TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Valerie Olson, Editorial & Project Management Assistant -
VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com
The Shakespeare Squared Foundation
Shakespeare Squared
626 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone 847.998.0535
Fax 847.770.6498

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / The
Shakespeare Squared Foundation

OWNER'S BLOG:
http://www.shakespearesquared.com/blog/

WARNING - KIM KLEEMAN ALSO OWNS:
UpGrade Education / http://www.upgradeeducation.com
and
S2EO / http://www.s2eo.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
largest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
subscribers
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.

-------------
THE COMPLAINT
-------------

SC (name not published here but was, of course, provided to Shakespeare Squared)
alleges you owe him $2392. Have your clients
already paid you for the work these writers have done?

Since you no longer respond to us, we are recommending your
current and future victims contact Detective Petersen, the
IL Attorney General's office, and your personal attorney:

Ira J. Marcus
Marcus, Boxerman & Chatman, LLP
19 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 641-2233
Fax: (312) 332-4629
eleanorm@mbclegal.com
iramarcus@mbclegal.com

See allegation under my signature.

You are still running ads for freelancers when you don't have
the money to pay them.

Below is an updated list of your current victims. Please let us know if
any of this is incorrect.

UPDATED 1/22/11

TOTAL NUMBER OF CURRENT (KNOWN) SHAKESPEARE SQUARED VICTIMS: 22

TOTAL AMOUNT OWED: $34,373.50

~Listed Oldest to Newest~

STILL OWED $342 FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN 2008 AND 2009
cleaning company

OWED $130 SINCE MAY 13, 2010
CU

REC'D $320 on 7/15/10. STILL OWED $880 SINCE OCT. 2009
AD

Owed $3026 SINCE MAR. 2010
DP

REC'D $200 ON 10/26/10, STILL OWED $667 SINCE FEB. 2010
LMS

OWED $850 SINCE JULY, 2010
LH

OWED $3265 SINCE JULY, 2010
BH

OWED $555 SINCE AUG. 2010
AJ

OWED $1435 SINCE AUG. 2010
KS

OWED $394 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
ST

OWED $3,970.50 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
RK

OWED $410 SINCE AUG, 2010
NF

OWED $565 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
JB

OWED $600 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
LR

OWED $500
KM

OWED $479 SINCE JUL, 2010
JC

OWED $4495
JQ

OWED $960 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
NS

OWED $3268 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
EM

OWED $1625 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
MS

OWED $1300 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
JK

OWED $2265 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
RS

OWED $2392 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
SC

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
statement about these allegations for publication in our report, please
email angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and
is subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and
Warnings forum before that time.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Another complaint against Shakespeare Squared
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:06:06 -0800 (PST)
From: SC

Angela,

I am yet another freelancer owed money by Shakespeare Squared.

I worked for Shakespeare Squared from May-September 2010. I was paid for
my work in May and June, but I am still owed for three invoices
submitted at the end of July ($1,570), August ($350) and September
($472). The total is $2,392.

I e-mailed someone in the accounting department named Lee and was told
that payment was being held up because Shakespeare Squared's client had
not paid. I was told that more information would be forthcoming but
never heard from Lee until my next e-mail. Each time the reply was the same.

The last time I e-mailed, on Dec. 11 of last year, I asked Lee to
provide the name and e-mail of a supervisor so that I could find out
more information. That e-mail was never answered. When I did a search on
Shakespeare Squared to try to find out someone else to contact, I saw
the WritersWeekly forum posts and that this was far from an isolated
incident.

I have e-mailed Det. Petersen, but please feel free to forward this
complaint to the Illinois Attorney General and Shakespeare Squared's
lawyer as you have with the other complaints. And let me know if there
is anything else I can do to help stop these unfair practices.

Sincerely,
SC


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PostPosted: February 1st, 2011, 3:53 pm 
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49th COMPLAINT about Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / Kim Kleeman!

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Subject: 49th COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / S2EO / s2eo.com / UpGrade Education / upgradeeducation.com
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:37:29 -0500
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: PR@ShakespeareSquared.com, BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com, JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com, TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com, lmcfarlane@shakespearesquared.com, VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com

We have already forwarded this complaint to the Illinois Attorney
General's office, and also to Detective Petersen.

January 28, 2011

Kim Kleeman, President/CEO - PR@ShakespeareSquared.com
Beth Carroll, Project Manager - BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com,
info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com
Laura Wasilewski, Digital Media Manager - LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com
Juliet Altun, Financial Director - JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com
Terese Simpson, Project Coordinator II - TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Valerie Olson, Editorial & Project Management Assistant -
VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com
The Shakespeare Squared Foundation
Shakespeare Squared
626 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone 847.998.0535
Fax 847.770.6498

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / The
Shakespeare Squared Foundation

OWNER'S BLOG:
http://www.shakespearesquared.com/blog/

WARNING - KIM KLEEMAN ALSO OWNS:
UpGrade Education / http://www.upgradeeducation.com
and
S2EO / http://www.s2eo.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
largest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
subscribers
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.

-------------
THE COMPLAINT
-------------

GF (name not published here but was, of course, provided to Shakespeare Squared)
alleges you owe her $11,080 and that she "was told that
working on new projects would help expedite the payments. It didn't."

Have your clients already paid you for the work these writers have done?

Since you no longer respond to us, we are recommending your
current and future victims contact Detective Petersen, the
IL Attorney General's office, and your personal attorney:

Ira J. Marcus
Marcus, Boxerman & Chatman, LLP
19 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 641-2233
Fax: (312) 332-4629
eleanorm@mbclegal.com
iramarcus@mbclegal.com

See allegation under my signature.

You are still running ads for freelancers when you don't have
the money to pay them.

Below is an updated list of your current victims. Please let us know if
any of this is incorrect.

UPDATED 1/28/11

TOTAL NUMBER OF CURRENT (KNOWN) SHAKESPEARE SQUARED VICTIMS: 24

TOTAL AMOUNT OWED: $45,453.50

~Listed Oldest to Newest~

STILL OWED $342 FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN 2008 AND 2009
cleaning company

OWED $130 SINCE MAY 13, 2010
CU

REC'D $320 on 7/15/10. STILL OWED $880 SINCE OCT. 2009
AD

Owed $3026 SINCE MAR. 2010
DP

REC'D $200 ON 10/26/10, STILL OWED $667 SINCE FEB. 2010
LMS

OWED $850 SINCE JULY, 2010
LH

OWED $3265 SINCE JULY, 2010
BH

OWED $555 SINCE AUG. 2010
AJ

OWED $1435 SINCE AUG. 2010
KS

OWED $394 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
ST

OWED $3,970.50 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
RK

OWED $410 SINCE AUG, 2010
NF

OWED $565 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
JB

OWED $600 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
LR

OWED $500
KM

OWED $479 SINCE JUL, 2010
JC

OWED $4495
JQ

OWED $960 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
NS

OWED $3268 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
EM

OWED $1625 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
MS

OWED $1300 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
JK

OWED $2265 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
RS

OWED $2392 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
SC

OWED $11,080 OVER AN 18-MONTH PERIOD TO 2010
GF

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
statement about these allegations for publication in our report, please
email angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and
is subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and
Warnings forum before that time.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Shakespeare Squared
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 22:00:26 -0600
From: GF

Hi Angela,

After months of begging, pleading, and being patient with Shakespeare
Squared, I've finally had it. I'm owed $11,080 on several invoices, some
dating back more than 18 months. I won't go into great detail as you can
probably fill in the blanks. I've asked for payment countless times, was
strung along with small payments, and was told that working on new
projects would help expedite the payments. It didn't. I contacted
Detective Petersen but have not had a response yet. My complaint to the
IL attorney general, complete with copies of contracts and invoices,
goes in the mail tomorrow. Add me to the list.

Thanks,
GF


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PostPosted: February 1st, 2011, 7:55 pm 
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Posts: 1
51ST COMPLAINT ABOUT SHAKESPEARE SQUARED!

Please add me to your list of people shafted by Shakespeare Squared. I haven't been waiting as long as some--I worked for them in October and November and am owed $1353. I know that's not a huge amount, but I was really counting on it and now am in a lot of financial trouble because that hasn't been paid. I will look through all your info and file a complaint with Illinois as directed.

Thank you so much for your help. Usually I don't work for companies that I don't know well, but they contacted me at kind of a low moment when I really needed work, and I just said yes without checking anything out. Talk about learning the hard way...


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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2011, 5:45 pm 
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Posts: 1853
50th COMPLAINT about Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / Kim Kleeman!

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Subject: 50th COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / S2EO / s2eo.com / UpGrade Education / upgradeeducation.com
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:32:39 -0500
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: PR@ShakespeareSquared.com, BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com, JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com, TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com, lmcfarlane@shakespearesquared.com, VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com

We have already forwarded this complaint to the Illinois Attorney
General's office, and also to Detective Petersen.

February 2, 2011

Kim Kleeman, President/CEO - PR@ShakespeareSquared.com
Beth Carroll, Project Manager - BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com,
info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com
Laura Wasilewski, Digital Media Manager - LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com
Juliet Altun, Financial Director - JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com
Terese Simpson, Project Coordinator II - TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Valerie Olson, Editorial & Project Management Assistant -
VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com
The Shakespeare Squared Foundation
Shakespeare Squared
626 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone 847.998.0535
Fax 847.770.6498

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / The
Shakespeare Squared Foundation

OWNER'S BLOG:
http://www.shakespearesquared.com/blog/

WARNING - KIM KLEEMAN ALSO OWNS:
UpGrade Education / http://www.upgradeeducation.com
and
S2EO / http://www.s2eo.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
largest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
subscribers
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.

-------------
THE COMPLAINT
-------------

CP (name not published here but was, of course, provided to Shakespeare Squared)
alleges you owe her $1528.75 and that you've reneged on
your agreed-upon payment plan.

Have your clients already paid you for the work these writers have done?

Since you no longer respond to us, we are recommending your
current and future victims contact Detective Petersen, the
IL Attorney General's office, and your personal attorney:

Ira J. Marcus
Marcus, Boxerman & Chatman, LLP
19 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 641-2233
Fax: (312) 332-4629
eleanorm@mbclegal.com
iramarcus@mbclegal.com

See allegation under my signature.

You are still running ads for freelancers when you don't have
the money to pay them.

Below is an updated list of your current victims. Please let us know if
any of this is incorrect.

UPDATED 2/2/11

TOTAL NUMBER OF CURRENT (KNOWN) SHAKESPEARE SQUARED VICTIMS: 26

TOTAL AMOUNT OWED: $48,335.25

~Listed Oldest to Newest~

STILL OWED $342 FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN 2008 AND 2009
cleaning company

OWED $130 SINCE MAY 13, 2010
CU

REC'D $320 on 7/15/10. STILL OWED $880 SINCE OCT. 2009
AD

Owed $3026 SINCE MAR. 2010
DP

REC'D $200 ON 10/26/10, STILL OWED $667 SINCE FEB. 2010
LMS

OWED $850 SINCE JULY, 2010
LH

OWED $3265 SINCE JULY, 2010
BH

OWED $555 SINCE AUG. 2010
AJ

OWED $1435 SINCE AUG. 2010
KS

OWED $394 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
ST

OWED $3,970.50 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
RK

OWED $410 SINCE AUG, 2010
NF

OWED $565 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
JB

OWED $600 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
LR

OWED $500
KM

OWED $479 SINCE JUL, 2010
JC

OWED $4495
JQ

OWED $960 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
NS

OWED $3268 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
EM

OWED $1625 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
MS

OWED $1300 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
JK

OWED $2265 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
RS

OWED $2392 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
SC

OWED $11,080 OVER AN 18-MONTH PERIOD TO 2010
GF

OWED $1528.75 SINCE DEC 2009
CP

OWED $1353 SINCE NOV 2010
KA

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
statement about these allegations for publication in our report, please
email angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and
is subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and
Warnings forum before that time.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Shakespeare Squared freelancer
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:44:19 -0600
From: CP

Hi Angela,

My name is [CP] and I am owed $1528.75 by Shakespeare
Squared. The last project I worked on for them was in December of 2009,
and while we had agreed in May 2010 to a payment plan of $250/month,
those payments stopped in October. I contacted Kathy Bretz and Katie
Stone about why the payments stopped on January 4, 2011 and have not
gotten a response, so I wanted to add my name to the list of complaints
against them. I've already contacted Detective Peterson and the Illinois
Attorney General's office, but please let me know if you need more
information from me.

Thank you,
CP


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PostPosted: February 7th, 2011, 8:10 pm 
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Posts: 1
I am one of the "new" victims who was taken in by Shakespeare Squared. I did a project for them in October 2010 and invoiced at the end of the project (Nov 11, 2010) for $948.00. The terms were 65 days, and that was up in January 2011. I have since emailed them, one to the project manager who sent back a reply that she was not responsible for payment and that I should send an email to accounts payable. I have done so at least 6 times, but NO response. I also sent two emails to Ms Katie Stone, Human Resources director, who was the one who first contacted me about the project and she, too, has not responded to me. I have prepared a complaint to send to the IL Attorney General. I had hoped that a check would come and I wouldn't have to. But none has arrived, as of today, Feb 7, 2011.


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PostPosted: February 17th, 2011, 9:44 pm 
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Posts: 2
Dear Angela,
I have been following this thread. Shakespeare Squared now owes me over $1600.
I successfully sued Shakespeare Squared today in court (they did not show up) and was given a judgment. Do you have any information to give me? Anything would be helpful.
Yours truly,
KC


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PostPosted: February 21st, 2011, 5:42 pm 
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Posts: 3
KC, I would appreciate a quick note about how you sued them. Small claims court? Self-filed? Were you awarded damages beyond the invoices they were holding?
Thanks

KChong wrote:
Dear Angela,
I have been following this thread. Shakespeare Squared now owes me over $1600.
I successfully sued Shakespeare Squared today in court (they did not show up) and was given a judgment. Do you have any information to give me? Anything would be helpful.
Yours truly,
KC


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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2011, 4:35 pm 
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Posts: 1853
53RD COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com -

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 53rd COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / S2EO / s2eo.com / UpGrade Education / upgradeeducation.com
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:06:47 -0500
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: PR@ShakespeareSquared.com, BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com, JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com, TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com, lmcfarlane@shakespearesquared.com, VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com

We have already forwarded this complaint to the Illinois Attorney
General's office, and also to Detective Petersen.

February 11, 2011

Kim Kleeman, President/CEO - PR@ShakespeareSquared.com
Beth Carroll, Project Manager - BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com,
info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com
Laura Wasilewski, Digital Media Manager - LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com
Juliet Altun, Financial Director - JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com
Terese Simpson, Project Coordinator II - TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Valerie Olson, Editorial & Project Management Assistant -
VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com
The Shakespeare Squared Foundation
Shakespeare Squared
626 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone 847.998.0535
Fax 847.770.6498

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / The
Shakespeare Squared Foundation

OWNER'S BLOG:
http://www.shakespearesquared.com/blog/

WARNING - KIM KLEEMAN ALSO OWNS:
UpGrade Education / http://www.upgradeeducation.com
and
S2EO / http://www.s2eo.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
largest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
subscribers
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.

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THE COMPLAINT
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BR (name not published here but was, of course, provided to Kim Kleeman and Shakespeare Squared)
alleges you owe her $912.00.

Have your clients already paid you for the work these writers have done?

Since you no longer respond to us, we are recommending your
current and future victims contact Detective Petersen, the
IL Attorney General's office, and your personal attorney:

Ira J. Marcus
Marcus, Boxerman & Chatman, LLP
19 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 641-2233
Fax: (312) 332-4629
eleanorm@mbclegal.com
iramarcus@mbclegal.com

See allegation under my signature.

You are still running ads for freelancers when you don't have
the money to pay them.

Below is an updated list of your current victims. Please let us know if
any of this is incorrect.

UPDATED 2/11/11

TOTAL NUMBER OF CURRENT (KNOWN) SHAKESPEARE SQUARED VICTIMS: 28

TOTAL AMOUNT OWED: $50,047.25

~Listed Oldest to Newest~

STILL OWED $342 FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN 2008 AND 2009
cleaning company

OWED $130 SINCE MAY 13, 2010
CU

REC'D $320 on 7/15/10. STILL OWED $880 SINCE OCT. 2009
AD

Owed $3026 SINCE MAR. 2010
DP

REC'D $200 ON 10/26/10, STILL OWED $667 SINCE FEB. 2010
LMS

OWED $850 SINCE JULY, 2010
LH

OWED $3265 SINCE JULY, 2010
BH

OWED $555 SINCE AUG. 2010
AJ

OWED $1435 SINCE AUG. 2010
KS

OWED $394 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
ST

OWED $3,970.50 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
RK

OWED $410 SINCE AUG, 2010
NF

OWED $565 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
JB

OWED $600 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
LR

OWED $500
KM

OWED $479 SINCE JUL, 2010
JC

OWED $4495
JQ

OWED $960 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
NS

OWED $3268 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
EM

OWED $1625 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
MS

OWED $1300 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
JK

OWED $2265 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
RS

OWED $2392 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
SC

OWED $11,080 OVER AN 18-MONTH PERIOD TO 2010
GF

OWED $1528.75 SINCE DEC 2009
CP

OWED $1353 SINCE NOV 2010
KA

OWED $800 SINCE JUN, JUL 2010
NK

OWED $912 SINCE OCT 2010
BR

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
statement about these allegations for publication in our report, please
email angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and
is subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and
Warnings forum before that time.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Shakespeare Squared
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:39:50 -0500
From: BR

Hi Angela,

I, too, am owed money by Kim Kleeman and Shakespeare Squared. I
completed my work in the last week of October, 2010. I sent in an
invoice for $912, an amount that was approved by Beth Carroll, my
editor. I have written to Beth once and Kim Kleeman three times. Beth
responded that she had nothing to do with the financial side of the
business and I have received no response from Ms. Kleeman at all. I
would like you to add my name to your "Whispers and Warnings" list. It
is a shame that people like Ms. Kleeman are allowed to continue to do
business. Any assistance you can offer me is deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,
BR


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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2011, 4:37 pm 
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Posts: 2
Hi Angela,
In reply to the last post in the forum (suit I had filed and won), it was in small claims court. I was awarded court costs as well as the amounts I had invoiced. It still doesn't cover all I've spent trying to recover the wages, of course (gas, time, correspondence, etc.) but if I can eventually recover what I was awarded, it would go a long way to paying our family's bills.
Thank you!
Kristin


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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2011, 4:37 pm 
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Posts: 1853
54th COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 54th COMPLAINT about Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / S2EO / s2eo.com / UpGrade Education / upgradeeducation.com
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:22:43 -0500
From: Angela Hoy <angie@booklocker.com>
To: PR@ShakespeareSquared.com, BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com, JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com, TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com, lmcfarlane@shakespearesquared.com, VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com

We have already forwarded this complaint to the Illinois Attorney
General's office, and also to Detective Petersen.

February 21, 2011

Kim Kleeman, President/CEO - PR@ShakespeareSquared.com
Beth Carroll, Project Manager - BCarroll@ShakespeareSquared.com,
info1@ShakespeareSquared.com, info1@ShakespeareSquared.com
Laura Wasilewski, Digital Media Manager - LWasilewski@ShakespeareSquared.com
Juliet Altun, Financial Director - JAltun@ShakespeareSquared.com
Terese Simpson, Project Coordinator II - TSimpson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Valerie Olson, Editorial & Project Management Assistant -
VOlson@ShakespeareSquared.com
Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com
The Shakespeare Squared Foundation
Shakespeare Squared
626 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone 847.998.0535
Fax 847.770.6498

WritersWeekly.com has received ANOTHER complaint about:
Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared / ShakespeareSquared.com / The
Shakespeare Squared Foundation

OWNER'S BLOG:
http://www.shakespearesquared.com/blog/

WARNING - KIM KLEEMAN ALSO OWNS:
UpGrade Education / http://www.upgradeeducation.com
and
S2EO / http://www.s2eo.com

WritersWeekly.com is a publication that publishes information for
and about freelance writers. The publication is the
largest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world.

As part of that information, WritersWeekly.com publishes a Warnings
section on its website and in its newsletter. This warning section
contains reports about publications that are unprofessional in
dealing with writers, haven't paid writers money that is owed to
them, who have not abided by their contracts, or who have unfair
contract terms. These reports are used by WritersWeekly.com's
subscribers
to decide which publications they should and should not work with.

Your firm has been submitted to us for inclusion in the
WritersWeekly.com Whispers and Warnings section.

Step one of our investigation of this report is to gather all
relevant correspondence between your publication and the person
submitting the complaint so that we can piece together that person's
side of the story. Step one of our investigation has been completed.

-------------
THE COMPLAINT
-------------

BR (name not published here but was, of course, provided to Kim Kleeman / Shakespeare Squared)
alleges you owe her $1540.00.

Have your clients already paid you for the work these writers have done?

Since you no longer respond to us, we are recommending your
current and future victims contact Detective Petersen, the
IL Attorney General's office, and your personal attorney:

Ira J. Marcus
Marcus, Boxerman & Chatman, LLP
19 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (312) 641-2233
Fax: (312) 332-4629
eleanorm@mbclegal.com
iramarcus@mbclegal.com

See allegation under my signature.

You are still running ads for freelancers when you don't have
the money to pay them.

Below is an updated list of your current victims. Please let us know if
any of this is incorrect.

UPDATED 2/11/11

TOTAL NUMBER OF CURRENT (KNOWN) SHAKESPEARE SQUARED VICTIMS: 29

TOTAL AMOUNT OWED: $51,587.25

~Listed Oldest to Newest~

STILL OWED $342 FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN 2008 AND 2009
cleaning company

OWED $130 SINCE MAY 13, 2010
CU

REC'D $320 on 7/15/10. STILL OWED $880 SINCE OCT. 2009
AD

Owed $3026 SINCE MAR. 2010
DP

REC'D $200 ON 10/26/10, STILL OWED $667 SINCE FEB. 2010
LMS

OWED $850 SINCE JULY, 2010
LH

OWED $3265 SINCE JULY, 2010
BH

OWED $555 SINCE AUG. 2010
AJ

OWED $1435 SINCE AUG. 2010
KS

OWED $394 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
ST

OWED $3,970.50 SINCE JUL, AUG & SEP, 2010
RK

OWED $410 SINCE AUG, 2010
NF

OWED $565 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
JB

OWED $600 SINCE JUL, AUG, 2010
LR

OWED $500
KM

OWED $479 SINCE JUL, 2010
JC

OWED $4495
JQ

OWED $960 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
NS

OWED $3268 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
EM

OWED $1625 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
MS

OWED $1300 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
JK

OWED $2265 SINCE JUL, AUG 2010
RS

OWED $2392 SINCE JUL, AUG, SEP 2010
SC

OWED $11,080 OVER AN 18-MONTH PERIOD TO 2010
GF

OWED $1528.75 SINCE DEC 2009
CP

OWED $1353 SINCE NOV 2010
KA

OWED $800 SINCE JUN, JUL 2010
NK

OWED $912 SINCE OCT 2010
BR

-----------------
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
-----------------

The second step in our investigation is to send this communication
to your firm to get its side of the story. If you have evidence
disputing these allegations, or would like to make your own
statement about these allegations for publication in our report, please
email angela@writersweekly.com within two business days.

***All correspondence for our investigations must be in writing and
is subject to publication.***

If you do owe this person money, we strongly suggest you read
this article before responding:
http://www.writersweekly.com/the_latest ... 32006.html

Our report on your firm is scheduled for inclusion in our
publication next Wednesday, though it may appear in our Whispers and
Warnings forum before that time.

If there is no response to these allegations, WritersWeekly.com will
still publish this complaint, but our readers will not be able to
read your side of the story.

We appreciate your prompt response in this matter.

Angela Hoy
Publisher
WritersWeekly.com

~~~~~~~~~~~
ALLEGATION
~~~~~~~~~~~

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: money owed by Shakespeare Squared for freelance work
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:48:51 -0600
From: BR

Hi Angela,

A fellow Shakespeare Squared freelancer shared the Writers Weekly
website with me since neither of us have received payment for freelance
writing we did for Shakespeare Squared. I've looked at your forum and
seen the long list of freelancers and the cleaning company who are still
owed money. I'd like to add my unpaid Shakespeare Squared invoices to
the list. There are three total, from February, March, and September of
last year. The total that I am owed is $1540.

I also plan to contact Detective Petersen and the IL attorney general as
your forum recommends.

Thanks for all of your help with this issue!

BR


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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2011, 4:41 pm 
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Posts: 1853
Shakespeare Squared has filed for bankruptcy -

http://www.freecourtdockets.com/dockets ... -35134.htm

If they'd done this long ago, they'd have left far fewer victims in their wake! Some of their victims are crying foul, saying Shakespeare Squared continued to hire writers when they already owed so many writers money. You can bet they'll be contesting the bankruptcy filing!


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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2011, 10:45 pm 
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Posts: 3
Disappointing, but certainly not surprising. I wonder how long they knew this was going to be the outcome and still continued to hire writers? I only lost $290 worth of my time to them. My best wishes go out to all of you who lost much more.

angelahoy wrote:
Shakespeare Squared has filed for bankruptcy -

http://www.freecourtdockets.com/dockets ... -35134.htm

If they'd done this long ago, they'd have left far fewer victims in their wake! Some of their victims are crying foul, saying Shakespeare Squared continued to hire writers when they already owed so many writers money. You can bet they'll be contesting the bankruptcy filing!


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PostPosted: February 23rd, 2011, 7:56 pm 
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Joined: February 23rd, 2011, 7:46 pm
Posts: 1
You can add me to the list, too! Shakespeare Squared owes me $480 from August of last year. Every time I wrote them, I was assured that they were working on getting me my payment. I finally had my lawyer send them a letter. Nothing. Then yesterday I received the bankruptcy notice. My lawyer looked at the notice and said I might have a chance of getting about $.05 on the dollar, if that.


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PostPosted: February 25th, 2011, 7:35 pm 
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Posts: 1853
55th COMPLAINT ABOUT Shakespeare Squared / Kim Kleeman!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Shakespeare Squared
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:54:37 -0800 (PST)
From: AS

Angela,

I am another writer owed money ($1,136) from Shakespeare Squared from
work completed in July and early August, 2010. I have contacted them
numerous times and gotten the run-around similar to some writers that
have posted in Whispers and Warnings. Although I was never contacted
about any problems with my work, they say the client didn't pay them due
to some non-acceptance. I also had my lawyer contact them to no avail.

Thanks,
AS


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