A lot of people have been asking where things are with TheLiberalOC’s lawsuit against Orange Juice Blog publisher Art Pedroza. Â It’s a question I get every time I attend a Drinking Liberally event and people I have never met in Santa Ana eagerly come to shake my hand and express gratitude to me about filing our lawsuit against Art.Â
We’re still moving forward in federal court.Â Our attorney tells us that the case has entered the discovery phase and Art has some deadlines coming up.Â We gave him until May 7 to accept a (we think) very reasonable settlement offer weÂ made and May 26 is the deadline for him to turn over a number of documents and electronic files we requested.Â To our knowledge, Art (still) doesn’t have a lawyer and Art continues to believe the case is frivolous.Â
Art still refers to the case in posts and comments on Orange Juice and the FFFF site but he constantly get the details wrong.Â For example, Art stated our lawsuit included 50 anonymous OJ bloggers.Â That isn’t true.Â There are 50 anonymous “John Does” who could be included in the suit if we find out someone helped or conspired with Art to purchase the domain names, attempt to sell them to us at a significant profit, and redirected the domains to gay porn sites and NAMBLA (The North American Man Boy Love Association which advocates legalized statutory rape of children by adult men).Â
Art also continues to believe that his actions were justified under the “they started it” defense and that his purchase of web domains relating to TheLiberalOC, our friends and my business, offering them for sale at a significant profit and redirecting to “sites of Art’s choosing” like gay porn and NAMBLA was exactly the same as my purchase of www.artpedroza.com which wasÂ briefly routed to a LiberalOC post about Art, which is protected by the First Amendment.
Additionally, Art doesn’t see how any damages were incurred.Â Should he lose and should the judge throw the book at him, Art faces potential damages of $100,000 per domain under the law, and there are six of them.Â Art has ceded the domains back to GoDaddy, but as we’ve been saying among ourselves all along, you can’t un-rob a bank.Â Plus, the Court has the power to hold him liable for our costs and fees.
We filed suit to protect our rights and our names.Â We’ve spent considerable time gathering evidence against him including dozens of mean-spirited and taunting emails, text messages and blog posts/comments.Â There’s a mountain of documents that prove the material facts of the case.Â And we’ve incurred considerable legal costs associated with this case plus time spent away from other things while we dealt with this lawsuit.Â
We’re serious as heart attacks when it comes to this lawsuit.Â And we’re confident we’ll prevail.