Tagged: SLAPP

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Poseur Pastor Pouts, Pursues Preposterous Proceeding, Procures Painful Penalty

Ergun Caner was angry. There he was, a successful man of God: a published author, Dean and President of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School, a sought-after inspirational speaker. Suddenly, crass miscreants laid him low. Critics pointed out he told puzzlingly inconsistent stories about his background....

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Popehat Signal Update: Dream Team Victory In Texas

I bring good news: top-notch work by generous and dedicated lawyers has produced a free speech victory in Texas. Last year I lit the Popehat Signal seeking help for J. Todd DeShong, a blogger and AIDS activist. DeShong, a longtime critic of the nutty and conspiratorial junk science...

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Significant Developments In D.C. Anti-SLAPP Law.

UPDATE: Mr. Steyn advises me through Twitter that he has declined appeal of the Anti-Slapp motion to dismiss, because he wishes to conduct discovery against Dr. Mann. That makes the video below something of a wretched abortion, but as the other defendants in the case (Rand Simberg, National Review,...

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) Files Highly Questionable Defamation Suit

Steve Stockman is a Republican Member of Congress from Texas currently running for Senate on the "should we impeach President Obama" platform. Steve Stockman's angry. Not Texas-shoot-someone-or-wear-stupid-hats angry. Suing angry. Stockman has recently sued Texans for a Conservative Majority over their campaign ads and communications against them. He...

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,...

Protecting The Free Speech of Censors: The Crystal Cox Saga

This is how the rule of law works: we extend rights to the very people who would deny us those rights if they had the chance. Ariel Castro imprisoned young women in his basement without anything resembling due process, but he got a lawyer and his days in...

D.C. Circuit: First Amendment Trumps Birthers, Stupid People, Walruses

The United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit today handed a victory to Esquire Magazine and a bitter defeat to Joseph Farah of WorldNet Daily and author Jerome Corsi, who are widely known as critics of the Obama Administration, conspiracy theorists, birthers, and repeat...

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...

Cathy Gellis Wins Pro Bono Victory Against U.K. Defamation Subpoena

I've previously praised Cathy Gellis, who helped provide pro bono representation to an anonymous satirical blogger menaced by Charles Carreon, and who has guest-blogged here about the Prenda Law debacle. Time for more kudos. Last week Cathy — again offering her valuable services pro bono — won a...