Our Further Response To Australian Lawyer Stuart Gibson, Who Continues To Threaten Us
from the please-read-it dept
This past Friday, we published our response to an Australian lawyer, Stuart Gibson, who apparently works for a real law firm called Mills Oakley. I know that Gibson is a real lawyer, because he’s represented big famous clients in the press before, including this impressive TV appearance in which he is left “categorically denying” statements that his client appears to have made directly and then having to defend himself when the news anchor points out what his client has actually said. Anyway, Mr. Gibson did not appear to appreciate my blog post on Friday, and sent a series of short emails over the weekend, with increasing fervor, in which he insisted that I “get proper legal advice instead of publishing your utter dribble,” that my “legal theories” were “nonsensical” and finally demanded to know if I had “the guts” to face him in court.
I, as you know, am not a lawyer — either in the US or Australia — and honestly had no idea that one was supposed to make legal decisions based on whether or not one had “the guts.” I had always assumed that this was the kind of thing that you need for bar brawls, rather than legal fights. But perhaps things are different down under. Either way, I did get “proper legal advice” (as I had before publishing my original post, but we’ll leave that aside), and given Gibson’s increasing email threats, our lawyer, the wonderful and well-regarded Paul Alan Levy from Public Citizen Litigation Group, has now responded to Gibson on our behalf. You can read it by following the link or embedded below.
In the meantime, others in the legal blogging world have begun to weigh in on Gibson’s threat, including lawyer Scott Greenfield, who dubbed it Stuart Gibson’s Really Bad Idea, and lawyer Ken White who noted that Milorad Trkulja is “not a gangster” but “Stuart Gibson Is, I Suppose, A Lawyer.” I would recommend reading both posts, for further legal analysis of Mr. Gibson’s threats (and make sure you stick around for his email exchange with Ken White). One wonders if this is the kind of publicity that Mills Oakley likes its lawyers to get.
Update: Stuart Gibson has replied to Paul’s letter simply stating: “I wouldn’t even be bothered to open this Spam.” Apparently, Gibson thinks that detailed responses that actually include citations (unlike his own threat letters) from some of the most respected litigators around are “Spam.” And the reputation of Mills Oakley continues to spiral down the drain…
Update, the second: Levy responded to Gibson by inserting the full text of the letter in the body of an email so that Gibson would not have to “open” the PDF he originally sent, and Gibson responded “Don’t bother pal.” Less than a minute later, he sent another email to Levy, saying just “Dribble.” At this point I’m confused about Gibson and Mills Oakley and how they operate. Gibson himself had specifically requested that I seek out legal advice in responding to his letter. I have done so. And now he refuses to even read it? This is the professionalism that Mills Oakley and its lawyers demonstrate?