Charles Carreon Stops Digging, At Least For The Moment: Dismisses His Lawsuit [Updated]
from the put-down-the-popcorn dept
Well, we may have found at least a temporary answer to the question of “just how far will Charles Carreon dig?” According to Mark Lemley, one of the lawyers representing IndieGoGo against Carreon, Charles Carreon has just dismissed his lawsuit. One hopes this means that he’s finally realized that this entire process was a mistake. A broad apology for massive overreaction after massive overreaction from Carreon (and his wife who apparently referred to us at Techdirt as a “nazi scumbag”) might be nice, but if it’s just a general admission that he had gone too far, that seems good enough. Of course, given how far he went, and his repeated insistence on not giving up, I do wonder if this is really the end of all of this. Somehow I doubt it. This is a voluntary dismissal, which means he could refile. But, for a brief moment, it appears that he’s stopped digging.
Update: Carreon is apparently declaring victory, claiming that the lawsuit gave him what he wanted. Uh, yeah. He sued to make sure that Matthew Inman and IndieGoGo did exactly what they said they were going to do… and then when they did exactly what they promised to do, he claims that’s a victory? At best, he did two things: had Inman limit the donations to just two charities rather than four, and made Inman take some of his own money out of the bank to photograph it (as promised) for Funnyjunk, rather than use the actual money raised during the IndieGoGo campaign. If his goal there was to force that to prevent embarrassment I don’t see how that’s a victory. Does anyone honestly believe that Carreon came out of this with a better reputation than if he’d just let the original plans happen? Carreon could still face requests for legal fees from those he sued, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they all just dropped it. Carreon seems to think the newfound attention he’s received is a good thing, which just shows how completely out of touch he is. As Ars Technica notes:
But if the defendants pursued attorney’s fees, the attention might be worth it for Charles Carreon. After asking for comment on his voluntary dismissal of charges, Carreon lilted over the phone, “I’m famous, I’m notorious.” Which, from the looks of it, is exactly what he wants.
There are times that it’s worthwhile to be notorious. And there are times that it’s not. This is the second one.