And In Other Good First Amendment News …


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 SecondCourt of Appeals found in our favor.”

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE—More here.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Xenophon (the Troll) made a bunch of New Year’s predictions over at Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to ’em.).BU20131231

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin seems very much fixated on finding the identity of Kimberlin Unmasked. One wonders what the exact reason might be, but I suspect that it’s jealousy. The Kimberlin Unmasked website and Twitter accounts have done an marvelous job of skewering TDPK with humor, whereas the various Team Kimberlin sites … well, if you can’t say something nice … you may be talking about Team Kimberlin.

I don’t know the identity of Kimberlin Unmasked, and I doubt that any of the members of Team Kimberlin know who he/she/they KU is/are. The rumors Team Kimberlin have tried to circulate range from silly to downright wacko, as you can see above.

Actually, the best rumor I’ve heard is that Kimberlin Unmasked is Neal Rauhauser and that he started the accounts because he got upset when a check from the Bermuda bank bounced.

But there’s probably nothing to it.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I must admit that the first time that I became aware of the hacker group Cabin Cr3w was when I read about them in a rather strange post at Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.) that purports to explain why Bill Schmalfeldt is referred to as The Cabin Boy.

Cabin Boy Bill Schmalfeldt received that title in a comment to a blog post last year, and the nickname stuck. It fit in with The Dread Pirate Kimberlin theme used to poke fun at Kimberlin’s Bloggers Offense Team web site (NIWLTI).

Of course, most of what appears at Breitbart Unmasked is pure nonsense. The Cabin Cr3w post appears to follow the usual accuse the accuser tactic that Team Kimberlin favors. I wonder if that will backfire in this case. If accusing me of what they’re doing is their method, there may be some inadvertent leads in that post. (Wow. I got their, they’re, and there all in one sentence.)

Or maybe not.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Gentle Reader should not think that only one member of Team Kimberlin is sending those specious comment attempts to Hogewash!; there’s enough variation in style and subject matter to make it likely that there’s more than one source. Today, bizarre selection almost makes me wonder if they have some intramural competition going to see who can come up with the silliest comment.TK20130716

OK, Gentle Readers, who do you think meamsogenius is?