Graaf Statler wrote:
Paddo Vigilant wrote:
Hey Graaf, at least you're not the dumbest guy on Sucks any more...
You've got that going for you, which is nice.
Is giving the court a bad mailing address......
Vigilant is a troll, been trolling for years, presents himself as a diligent researcher, exposer of pedophiles, and runs with any "evidence" that can be conflated into the story he wants to tell. He's like the Smith brothers, only more bluster and less effective. His avatar and tagline show it all, the metal breastplate and "Witchsmeller pursuivant."
This was about the returned mail. He assumes that I gave a bad address. No. In fact, we don't know what happened. The court called me up and told me the mail had been returned. We went over the address carefully. It was correct. So they mailed it again and I received it.
The case is waiting for the WMF to waive service, if they do, then, my guess, we start talking. Otherwise I'll arrange service of process. If I have to pay for it, it will be about $100. This is serving a registered agent with a regular office, it should be a slam dunk. I don't have the date by which I can do that in mind, but it's soon if not already. I am not in any hurry.
Vigilant claims that "EtherMan" is a corporate attorney. Goes to show, it's hard to find good help. I've known many attorneys, some very well. He has his opinion, which he has made clear, but he has not been retained and is not putting into this what it would take to understand the case. And, anonymous, his opinion is worth what was paid for it.
Etherman's basic idea is that the WMF will bury me in lawyers.
Well, that may be how a corporate attorney would think, where millions of dollars are at stake. But it's very expensive to pile up lawyers, about $300 per hour each. Instead, they could have an intern call me up. Cheap. They will be utterly insane to try to stonewall this, it will get very, very expensive.
If they want to spend a little more, they can retain a local attorney, here, and we could actually meet. But I would recommend written communication first, much more efficient.
Obviously, if I stick with an unreasonable position, they would defend, starting with, I'd expect, a Motion to Dismiss. I have a legal theory which I suspect will allow survival of the case. I was assured by someone legally competent that I could have a case.
Nobody competent will tell a client that results are assured. Stuff happens.
(I am not aware of any applicable precedent on the issue I raise, and EtherMan cited none, just general opinions, i.e, that it is impossible to libel someone with the truth, which sounds right but is severely lacking in imagination. Ah, corporate lawyer, and not a good one.)
But I have not decided on any fixed position as to settlement, and I will probably consult counsel before making any decision. However, using counsel for actual negotiation can be expensive. I have not yet attempted to raise funding for this, but my guess is that the support is out there. If not, eff it. I will see what the court decides. I have done well with every judge I have ever appeared before.
Which is not any guarantee for the future, but an indication.
As with many possibilities, I will not know until I stand for them.
But I am having fun. I could have done it more cheaply, because I'm probably eligible for in forma pauperis status. But I was concerned about a possibility, though I think it not likely, that the California statute of limitations on libel would apply, and it was one year. Otherwise, Massachusetts may apply. Three years. So I pulled the cash out of a drawer and drove to the court and filed. So no more cash in the drawer. So what?