Miami Heat Owner Now Threatening To Separately Sue The Lawyer Defending Blogger Who Linked To Unflattering Image

from the the-plot-thickens dept

So... remember that story we just had about Raanan Katz, a real estate developer and a minority owner of the Miami Heat suing a blogger for defamation (and seeking to have her entire blog shut down and stop her from future posting) and then for copyright infringement over a hotlink to an "unflattering" photo of Katz? We'd mentioned that the blogger was defended by lawyer Marc Randazza, who has now revealed that Katz's lawyers are now threatening to sue him directly if he doesn't give up confidential attorney-client communications.

Katz's lawyers sent Randazza a "draft complaint" they say they are prepared to file against him, claiming that he "acted in concert" with the blogger, and "substantially assisted or encouraged her in unlawful activities or have given substantial assistance to her in accomplishing a tortious result, and your own conduct, separately considered, constitutes a breach of duty."

Randazza has responded, in court as part of the ongoing lawsuit, asking for a protective order against this "threatened litigation," which Randazza suggests is really intended to get access to communications between him and his client, breaking lawyer-client confidentiality.
This letter seeks discovery of facts and circumstances outside of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.... This letter seeks exculpatory data from a Defendant's attorney which is clearly attorney-client communications. In order to avoid being sued by RKA, defense counsel must tell RKA's lawyers how and why defense counsel did not assist or promote Defendant's critical blogging about the RKA Plaintiffs.
Given the activity in this case already, this certainly feels like an attempt to bury the case in more paperwork. We've seen this kind of thing before, with wealthy individuals who file a bunch of lawsuits, including against the lawyers who defend those they sue. It certainly seems like an attempt to create a nuisance, rather than to address any actual legal conflict (and, yes, to Katz's lawyers: that's an opinion).


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    Glen, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:18am

    Almost sounds like the Carreon effect. Almost!!

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:18am

    smh

    I'm actually surprised that TechDirt doesn't get sued daily.

     

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      Ninja (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 12:27pm

      Re: smh

      Reminds me of that part of TPB site where they post the takedown notices and their hilarious responses. TD should have such section. The replies might not be as hilarious but it would be quite fun to read the whole thing ;D

       

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    Almost Anonymous (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:20am

    Official proclamation

    I officially declare 2012 as the "Year of the Double Down."

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:33am

      Re: Official proclamation

      What does a chicken sandwich have to do with the Miami Heat?

      insert appropriate "Why did the chicken joke".....

       

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      el_segfaulto (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:45am

      Re: Official proclamation

      To borrow from the game of poker...all in. When my friends and I are dealing with our significant others and we do something wrong, the rest of the group will inevitably goad the other into going all in. In this instance, if you're going to go to crazy town, go all the way.

       

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:28am

    Carreon

    In full effect.

     

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    WTF?, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 11:51am

    how did this guy even get his job? hes acting like he is ####### 4 years old.

    grow the hell up katz.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 12:06pm

    Now you've done it! You've reset the clock on the statute of limitations on his libel complaint! =P

     

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    OldGeezer (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 12:25pm

    Coo-Coo Coo-Coo

    This is a case where this idiot is so wealthy where everyone in his circle including his attorneys won't tell him how insane this whole legal tantrum is. The whole rest of the country is mocking him for just how stupid this makes him look.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 12:47pm

    the guy is angry about a photo. big deal. if he was going to get so upset, he shouldn't have pulled the face in the first place.
    out of curiosity, is this site going for a record of some sort concerning the number of dick heads it can write about that are suing god knows who over god knows what ridiculous claim?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 2:01pm

    Is that the same Ranaan Katz who gambled away all his wifes money and loves to have unprotected sex with great danes while being spanked by black transvestite prostitutes? What a dirt-bag.

     

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    Wolfy, Jun 26th, 2012 @ 7:20pm

    This Katz character sounds like a walking, talking advertisement for retro-active birth control.

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jun 26th, 2012 @ 8:12pm

    I have to take umbrage with the continued reference to Katz being referred to as a "minority owner".

    What does his ethnicity have to do with anything, anyway?

    ;)

     

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