12 May 2010

developing on slabbed.com: steve theriot "defamation" lawsuit against nola.com and anonymous commenters

UPDATE: 11:51 am cdt thursday 13 may 2010 fox 8 news report from 11 may 2010
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see slabbed: BREAKING: Nola.com has announced they are fighting Mr. Theriot’s subpoena. Meantime Mr Theriot waxes nonsensical on the record.
Parish of Jefferson & Steve Theriot Versus Nola.com; Anonymous Commenters
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UPDATE: 7:56 pm cdt: chad over at www.thedeadpelican.com has picked up on the story....

steve theriot and jefferson parish demand that nola.com reveal including but not limited to personally identifiable information behind the above user names.
this is a production by dewey cheatham and howe no ... wait ... thats not right ... they were johnny carson's attorneys.

we must have been thinking of some other firm.
Posted by Tax Attorney
May 12, 2010, 11:40AM

Well this is a very interesting comment. I have never really heard of suing somebody to help them- I wonder what Phelps Dunbar is doing?

How about simply having open and Public meetings? Why does taxpayer money have to be paid to a politically connected Law firm to get the names of people to help them?
UPDATE: 8:00 am cdt friday 14 may 2010 - mr. forgotston has posted his commentary to his website here.

: 6:50 pm cdt
wednesday 12 may 2010:

earlier we sent the above to c.b. forgotston to ask him if he'd seen this yet. he replied that indeed he knew of it and was in the process of writing his comments:
Just a friendly little defamation lawsuit

This man thinks we are stupid

Yesterday, it was reported that interim Jefferson Parish President Steve Theriot filed a defamation lawsuit against some unknown bloggers. Apparently, their on-line comments hurt his feelings. ( See story here.)

Theriot is an accountant and apparently unfamiliar with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It allows us to freely criticize the performance of public servants.

Now, Theriot insults our intelligence.

Today, Theriot says that the defamation lawsuit asking for unspecified damages against his critics was "aimed at addressing the concerns they raise -- not at blocking criticism of the government." ( See story here.)

I'm sure it was just a mix up in communications with Theriot's lawyers. They thought he said “sue the bastards.” What Theriot apparently said was “invite those citizens to lunch so we can learn more about their concerns.”

We lawyers often get the terms lawsuit and lunch confused.

Theriot was brought in to restore confidence in Jefferson Parish government. If that is still the goal, it’s time to go to Plan B.

I'm sure I will be hearing from Theriot's lawyers to get more of my input.


see also
the jefferson report
theriot sues the internet
and also
la.1st circuit court of appeal
donald britton versus chuck hustmyre et al
and also
2nd circuit court of appeal
baxter versus scott
and also
3rd circuit court of appeal
aymond versus dupree
j cooks dissents
and also
global wildlife center versus hammond action news
trial court eventually dissolved its temporary restraining order
sanctioned the plaintiff
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