Paul Alan Levy reports that the D.C. Circuit has applied the refinement reflected in Shady Grove of the Erie doctrine to preclude application of state anti-SLAPP laws to cases where jurisdiction is premised on diversity of citizenship. Wait, what? I was perfectly clear. That was literally gibberish. Fine. Fine. I'll explain. Will that make you […]
This crazy litigant goes to 11. Roca Labs, you may recall, is the weight-loss-goo purveyor that is belligerent, litigious, and sensitive to criticism to a pathological degree. Last month I wrote about how they require their customers to sign no-criticism contracts, and had sued PissedConsumer.com for carrying negative reviews. Yesterday I lit the Popehat Signal […]
It's time to light the Popehat Signal to find pro bono assistance for citizens threatened with a bogus and censorious lawsuit. The cartoonish villain of this story is Roca Labs, whose belligerent attempts to silence critics inspired my post last month. Roca Labs, you may recall, produces a pink slime that one is supposed to […]
Online censorship controversies arise organically, or not at all. You can't fake a Rakofsky. You can't astroturf a Funnyjunk v. Oatmeal. You can't wag-the-dog by orchestrating a Prenda. Or can you?
Last year I wrote about how vexatious litigant and unrepentant domestic terrorist Brett Kimberlin filed a blatantly frivolous RICO suit in federal court in Maryland seeking to silence and retaliate against those who had criticized him. Now the American Spectator, a conservative magazine, has ignominiously surrendered to him. Many were suspicious the Spectator had reached […]
Attorney Mike Meier used to be only a little bit infamous. A few sites like Fight Copyright Trolls criticized him, painting him as someone who used to decry copyright trolling but then switched sides and became a copyright troll. But those posts were relatively obscure. Then Meier, whom one senses did not come to the […]
Dr. Frank Arguello is an advocate for an "atavistic" theory of cancer. What does that mean? Well: Atavistic metamorphosis proposes that cancer cells are cells that have reverted, evolutionarily, to their ancestral, independent status as unicellular organisms. It is from there that cancer only occurs in plants and animals/humans (multicellular organisms). This also explains why […]
Yesterday's victory — in which vile domestic terrorist and serial litigant Brett Kimberlin lost his bogus defamation claim against a group of bloggers — was sweet. But it's not enough.
Randy Queen is a comic book artist and the creator of Darkchylde, an improbably-breasted teen who can transform into creatures from her nightmares. He also writes related poetry. RAIN, RAIN Rain, Rain, falling down Grey sky shadows, and my sad heart . . . and so on. Now, I am not personally offended by improbably-breasted […]
Back in February I wrote about a rather despicable lawsuit filed by Japanese-American plaintiffs seeking to remove a statue in Glendale, California commemorating the "comfort women" — women enslaved as prostitutes in World War II by Imperial Japan. The plaintiffs argued that Glendale's statute interfered with the United States' diplomatic relations with Japan, thus violating […]