Dozier Continues To Go After Ronald Riley

from the same-tactics dept

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the bizarre and troubling lawsuit filed by John Dozier against Ronald J. Riley. Riley, of course, is a well-known pro-patent system supporter who has generally made a nuisance of himself in the comments. Whenever he stops by here, it's usually to personally insult me (and, in some cases, my family) and to spew what usually amounts to lies or totally unsubstantiated comments about the patent system. In other words, this is not someone I'm likely to defend. Yet, Dozier's lawsuit is very troublesome. It basically highlights all sorts of questionable things that Riley has done to establish his "reputation" as a patent expert -- but then the actual lawsuit is on trademark issues. The background on Riley, while amusing and interesting to us, has absolutely nothing to do with the lawsuit at hand. Dozier seems to merely be dragging Riley's name through the mud. Why? Well, it appears that Riley insulted Dozier (similar to the way that Riley insults us) and even went so far as to put up some websites making fun of Dozier. Dozier, of course, isn't known for taking criticism well, so apparently, he decided to go after Riley on very questionable trademark claims, while also dragging his name through the mud (which very well might be deserved -- but if it's got nothing to do with the lawsuit...)

Dozier's still at it, with a blog post describing the latest details of what's been happening, where he repeatedly references our original post (which slams Dozier's lawsuit as being highly questionable). Dozier falsely suggests that Techdirt has somehow changed its opinion of his lawsuit. He says that a comment defending Riley on Techdirt was shown by commenters to likely have been Riley himself, but that's not true. I know the IP addresses that Riley uses. And, I know who the person is who "defended" Riley and it is not Riley. It is another regular commenter who knows Riley and supports Riley (and trashes us all the time), but it's not Riley himself. Dozier also suggests that Riley posted an article in a different forum pretending to be someone else, though there's evidence that that's not true either (edited to avoid confusion).

What's much more troubling is Dozier's claims that he's been able to convince various webhosts to take down Riley's websites. As much as we may find Riley to be an insulting pest, we would never suggest he doesn't have the right to speak his mind. Dozier claims that any new webhost that hosts Riley's websites will be accused of "aiding and abetting", "conspiracy", and "contributory trademark infringement" claims. Dozier must realize that such claims are a clear abuse of trademark law. The webhosts are quite clearly protected under section 230 of the CDA and are not responsible for the content hosted on those sites. Dozier, as a self-professed "internet law expert" should know this, suggesting that his claims to various webhosts are misleading. Once again, we're probably the last people on earth to ever want to defend Ronald Riley -- but Dozier's campaign against him is equally as abusive as anything Riley has done.
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    Mike (profile), 1 Oct 2008 @ 12:48am

    Re: Riley's methods

    Due to his disdain for anyone who disagrees with him, he will go to any length to sabatoge websites, use slander, disparage corporate entities, and use every trick in his SEO book to cause trouble for someone he perceives as a foe.

    As long as those SEO tricks are legal, then what's the issue?

    If the problem is that Google is tricked, then take it up with Google to improve their algorithm.

    Thanks to Dozier, Ronald J. Riley has been unmasked as an imposter, as well as a creator of bogus companies and false credentials.

    If he were being sued for fraud, then that's fine. But he's not. Dozier brought all that up for no reason at all, other than to smear Riley.

    Ronald J. Riley has fooled MIT, the media, Inventor's associations, Inventor's clubs, people in government, and individual inventors who PAID him for his patent 'expertise'.

    If there's a case for fraud, sue him for fraud. But he's not being sued for fraud, because it does not appear that there's been any fraud.

    I know you think this issue is about Trademark infringement - and the allegations against Riley are based on this claim.

    The lawsuit I saw only mentioned the trademark issue. Are you claiming that there is more to the lawsuit? Can we see the details?

    However, please understand that there is a fine line between First Amendment rights and outright slander. Since slander is difficult to prove; and since Riley manipulates his websites to the top of Google pages; he is creating a method of ruining reputations by using his SEO power to slander anyone he pleases.

    That makes absolutely no sense. If it's slander, sue him for slander. If he's just doing SEO, then that's something entirely different.

    Doing SEO is not illegal.

    If his hosting sites are being taken down - there must be a good reason for this.

    That's simply not true. Hosts take stuff down for no good reason all the time.

    Now, my point is, if Riley was just another mischief-maker who was unable to manipulate Google rankings - he would be just another harmless idiot. But, the fact is, he harrasses people (like his daughter's teacher) and many others, by smearing their good names and lying about who they are and what they have done.

    So sue him for defamation.

    Then - he boosts his comments to the top of Goggle pages with his SEO knowledge.

    Again, that's not illegal.

    This is an abuse of the system

    Please point me to the law that says SEO is illegal.

    any host will soon catch-on to Riley's methods and become leary of him. It's no wonder he is being dumped.

    Not any host who understands section 230 of the CDA.

    A cyber-bully like Ronlad J. Riley was bound to encounter someone like Dozier eventually. If it wasn't Dozier - it would have been someone else. And now, it will be interesting to watch as this case unravels itself. Soon we'll all be able to see the depths of Ronald J. Riley's many deceptions and distortions.

    I don't know what this means. Ronald Riley is a cyberbully and a creep. I agree. But this attack appears to be totally based on a lack of any actual legal claim.

    I don't work for Dozier - nor do I know him - but, I congratulate him on exposing the false credentials of Ronald J. Riley and his indecent behavior on the web.

    I find Riley to be a distasteful liar, to be sure. But I wouldn't be so fast to jump to Dozier's defense.

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