Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

It was Neal Rauhauser who floated the idea of using pro se LOLsuits as a way of harassing and silencing bloggers who wrote truthfully about the activities of leftwing “activists” such as Brett Kimberlin. Two years ago today, I was able to write about Rauhauser lack of success in court in a post called And in Other Good First Amendment News …

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The largest anti-SLAPP penalty ever awarded is now the largest anti-SLAPP penalty ever reversed and remanded. The 2nd State Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, Texas, found the 67th State District Court in Fort Worth had abused its discretion in awarding Neal Rauhauser more than $300,000 in attorney’s fees, $150,000 in sanctions (initial sanction award was $1,000,000), and additional non-monetary sanctions not authorized by the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act (TCPA). The court further ordered Appellee Neal Rauhauser to pay all costs of the appeal to the prevailing parties, James McGibney and ViaView, Inc., the parent company of the BullyVille website.

James McGibney stated, “It’s not an everyday occurrence that you see a fugitive, with four outstanding warrants for their arrest, win and then, in dramatic fashion, lose one million dollars, without ever stepping foot in a courtroom. That’s exactly what happened to defendant Neal Rauhauser, and we are grateful that the Second Court of Appeals found in our favor.”

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE—More here.

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AFAIK, Neal Rauhauser still has several outstanding warrants and is still a fugitive.

4 thoughts on “Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

  1. As I’m reading the first two paragraphs, I’m asking myself “wait a minute, isn’t Rauhauser the a-hole who has several warrants out for him for… well, whatever?”
    Then I got to the last paragraph and feel a slow, vicious smile of satisfaction cross my face.
    Were I the judge, I would have been sorely tempted to find for Rauhauser on one count, for a trivial amount (say, $50), but with the restriction that it can only be collected in person at the courthouse. Then add a note to the file about his outstanding warrants, and a note to call for the deputies the instant he shows up.
    I can’t speak for any of the people Rauhauser has harassed, but personally I’d be thrilled to pay $50 bucks to have him finally held to account and hauled off to jail…

    • While I completely agree, the antics of Team Kimberlin, for one, and Deb Frisch, for another, have shown that the courts won’t really act unless it is legal system personnel that is threatened/stalked/harassed or otherwise mistreated. Even then, as the case of Patrick Frey has shown, they will only protect their own if you espouse the proper PC ideas. Otherwise, it is a Herculean effort to get justice from the Justice system.

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