Tagged: Legal Threats

Mark Steyn Has A Fool For A Client

Back in 2012 I wrote about Michael Mann's lawsuit against National Review Online, Mark Steyn, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Rand Simberg. There's been plenty of water under the bridge since then — the defendants have filed and lost a motion under Washington D.C.'s anti-SLAPP statute, appealed unsuccessfully,...

Science Fiction Community Generates This Weekend's Buffoonish Defamation Threat

Sean P. Fodera is a science fiction writer who works in the publishing industry. He's angry. He started out angry over ongoing upheaval in the science fiction and fantasy literature community. That upheaval is mirrored in the gaming community and skeptic community and other communities with devoted and...

You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Parody

In 1987, the Beastie Boys wrote this: Girls – to do the dishes Girls – to clean up my room Girls – to do the laundry Girls – and in the bathroom Girls, that's all I really want is girls Two at a time I want girls With...

University of Texas-Austin And Some Students Choose Censorship Over More Speech

A college campus is a perfect place for more speech leading to social consequences. Lorenzo Garcia of the University of Texas-Austin Young Conservatives of Texas learned that quickly when he and his organization promoted a "catch an illegal immigrant" event at UT-Austin: The "game" goes like this. On...

WordPress Goes On The Offensive Against DMCA-Abusers

As I mentioned in my post earlier today about the demon-haunted world of Gordon Klingenshmitt, people who want to write about controversial subjects online face a persistent problem: dishonest, thin-skinned, censorious people who are willing to abuse the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – or DMCA — to force...

FINE, THOSE ROUTING NUMBERS SUCKED ANYWAY, SEE IF WE CARE

There are few things more delightful to me than capable pro bono counsel putting a censorious bully in its place. The firm Martin & Associates of Vermont has delighted me today. Our story begins back in June. As Mike Masnick at TechDirt reported, the American Banker's Association and...

Arizona Water Supplier Johnson Utilities Sues Homeowner Over Criticism

Emily Hughes of Pinal County, Arizona was unhappy with her water quality and the services of her water provider, Johnson Utilities. She complained vocally and participated in groups devoted to criticizing Johnson Utilities. They're suing her for it. Johnson Utilities — which has a history of suing its...