Litigious Internet Marketer Found Dead

DALLAS An Internet marketing consultant who filed dozens of lawsuits against JC Penney and public officials has been found dead in his home in Collin County, a suburb of Dallas, authorities said.

The Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday positively identified the body as that of Barnes, 41, who failed to show up for a court hearing in one of his Penney’s lawsuits Monday.

At that hearing, Barnes was ordered to pay the retailer more than $900,000 and was ordered to cease filing lawsuits. The medical examiner’s office did not say how long Barnes might have been dead, but investigators said they found 20 days of newspapers at his home.

Barnes, who founded a company called Business Ideas Inc., had once done work for JC Penney and claimed that the retailer breached a contract. He also filed a lawsuit against The Dallas Morning News that is pending.