This has got to be the dumbest lawsuit regarding a blog ever filed. Christiansburg, VA developer Roger Woody, who owns Showcase Builders has filed a lawsuit against two bloggers who run Think, Christiansburg! and two other individuals with no connection with the blog whatsoever, seeking ten million dollars in damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. Think, Christiansburg! has been complaining for some time about a colossal mountain of dirt that Showcase Builders is amassing in the town, and Woody is apparently fed up with being criticized for the actions of his company. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t figured out that being the target of factually-based criticism is not a sufficient basis for filing a dafamation lawsuit, and that in doing so, he’s just opened himself up to more public ridicule than he can likely imagine possible.
These citizens have been complaining about the irresponsible behavior of Showcase Builders for some time, who have been depositing fill dirt into a growing mountain across from a Christiansburg restaurant. What seems to really have gotten Woody’s panties in a twist is that they’ve dubbed this mountain “Woodyville” (as seen in the picture above) and even printed up T-shirts to poke fun at him. Parody and satire, being the protected free speech rights they are, would normally never be considered plausible grounds for a defamation lawsuit, but that requires you hire an attorney who is actually capable of locating his posterior with both hands. Woody’s selection of legal counsel of late seems to be somewhat spotty, since just last month one attorney who had managed land use issues on his behalf managed to get indicted for 21 counts of forgery and lost his law license this April.
So now Roger Woody is going to try to put these people in the poorhouse. As seems to happen fairly often in these cases, the lawsuit is filled with mistakes and may well end up making Roger Woody look like an even bigger fool than he’s demonstrated himself to be in the past. Among the defendants in the suit is a county planner, and one of Woody’s commercial tenants, neither of which have any idea why Woody would be naming them in this suit.
Although Carter and Newell-Foutz have operated the Think, Christiansburg blog since September, Dorsett and Lindstrom say they are not affiliated with the blog.
Dorsett, a Montgomery County planner, said she was flabbergasted when she learned of the suit.
“Guess what?” she said Monday. “I’m getting sued for a blog I have absolutely nothing to do with. As a county planner, I try to stay as far away from these issues as possible.”
So while Woody falsely claims that these folks have damaged his reputation, which has allegedly resulted in numerous contracts for townhouse sales being lost, that’s going to pale in comparison to the actual harm Woody is doing to himself with this ridiculous lawsuit. Who is going to want to do business with someone that acts like this?
H/T: I’m Not Emeril
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