Jonathan Monsarrat Drops Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Online Commenters

from the wonder-how-that-impacts-his-new-business dept

You may recall that a few weeks ago, we wrote about a spectacularly bogus lawsuit filed by Jonathan Monsarrat against a bunch of online commenters who had discussed Monsarrat's arrest a few years earlier, along with the beautifully epic response from lawyer Dan Booth of Booth Sweet LLC (also known for its Prenda fighting accomplishments). That was a long post, because there was a lot of crazy to cover, so I suggest you go back and check it out for all of the details, but it included (among other things) bogus copyright claims (in a state court, where you can't really do that), an apparent ignorance of section 230 of the CDA, what appeared to be an attempt to rewrite history as noted in press reports directly from police reports, a questionable relationship between Monsarrat and his lawyer (possibly more of a business relationship rather than an attorney/client relationship), a suggestion that the lawsuit was an end run attempt at identifying anonymous critics as part of a marketing scheme for a new "anti-cyberbullying" service that Monsarrat was starting with his lawyer, and a variety of other things.

As we noted, that "epic response" from Booth wasn't filed in court, but rather was sent in a letter to Monsarrat's lawyer, Mark Ishman. It appears that Booth, representing one of the named defendants, Ron Newman, was getting ready to officially file his motion to dismiss with the court (unfiled documents embedded below), but right before they did so, Monsarrat and Ishman filed to dismiss the case with prejudice (meaning they can't file it again). Newman points out that there was no settlement at all, so it appears that Ishman and Monsarrat realized that this case had almost no chance of succeeding (and, perhaps, a fairly decent chance of blowing up in their faces). I wonder what this will mean for their "anti-cyberbullying" service...

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    apauld (profile), Jun 10th, 2013 @ 10:45pm

    The little devil in me is kinda disappointed

    I was hoping that this action would lead to Mark Ishman having to give up his prestigious office space at:

    9660 Falls of Neuse Road
    Raleigh, NC 27615

    And great props to the AC in the last thread who told everyone to look at the google street view for that address.

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    Pixelation, Jun 10th, 2013 @ 11:23pm

    I wonder what this will mean for their "anti-cyberbullying" service...

    You already answered that...
    "and, perhaps, a fairly decent chance of blowing up in their faces"

    'Nuff said.

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    JustMe (profile), Jun 11th, 2013 @ 3:51am

    Deposition of That Anonymous Coward

    Mr. That Anonymous Coward, if in fact that IS your real name, where were you at 8:00 PM on the 1st of March 1932 and what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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    Jessie (profile), Jun 11th, 2013 @ 5:50am

    We can't stand for it. This is clearly a case of the competent bullying the lesser competent.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 11th, 2013 @ 8:30am

    Johnny Monsarrat or Jonathan Monsarrat?

    I admire Monsarrat's search engine optimization by using a different name: Searches for "Jonathan Monsarrat" show all of his nonsense, but searches for "Johnny Monsarrat" seem to be clear of all controversy, at least on the first page or two.

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