Klayman, WND Have Lawsuit Dismissed

Klayman, WND Have Lawsuit Dismissed June 7, 2012

Joseph Farah and the Worldnutdaily, represented by Larry Klayman (aka the worst lawyer in America), filed a lawsuit against Esquire for making fun of them and their birther bullshit. A federal judge has, unsurprisingly, dismissed that lawsuit and supported the First Amendment. You can read the full ruling here.

Shortly after the White House released President Obama’s birth certificate, Esquire published an obviously satirical article saying that Farah was pulling a book written by Jerome Corsi — it’s hard to tell which of those two men is more looney — about the issue. It said, in part:

In a stunning development one day after the release of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah has announced plans to recall and pulp the entire 200,000 first printing run of the book, as well as announcing an offer to refund the purchase price to anyone who has already bought either a hard copy or electronic download of the book.

In an exclusive interview, a reflective Farah, who wrote the book’s foreword and also published Corsi’s earlier best-selling work, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak out Against John Kerry and Capricorn One: NASA, JFK, and the Great “Moon Landing” Cover-Up, said that after much serious reflection, he could not go forward with the project. “I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama is destroying this country, and I will continue to stand against his administration at every turn, but in light of recent events, this book has become problematic, and contains what I now believe to be factual inaccuracies,” he said this morning. “I cannot in good conscience publish it and expect anyone to believe it.”

When asked if he had any plans to publish a corrected version of the book, he said cryptically, “There is no book.” Farah declined to comment on his discussions of the matter with Corsi.

Farah through quite a little temper tantrum about it and, with his trusty lawyer by his side, filed a $120 million lawsuit. The judge dismissed the case in the most predictable outcome imaginable:

The Blog Post contained an expression of views that communicated to members of the public in connection with an issue of public interest, i.e., the dispute over whether President Obama qualifies by birthright to be President of the United States. Having become such well-known proponents of one position on the issue, Plaintiffs cannot complain that the very intensity of their advocacy also became part of the public debate. Those who speak with

loud voices cannot be surprised if they become part of the story.

The funny thing is that Farah himself told the Daily Caller an hour after the blog post went up that he knew it was a parody; that fact alone pretty much destroys their case. Klayman is unhappy about the ruling, of course. Hey Larry, isn’t it about time you got sanctioned by yet another court for incompetence and defrauding clients?

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  • The funny thing is that Farah himself told the Daily Caller an hour after the blog post went up that he knew it was a parody; that fact alone pretty much destroys their case.

    Yes, but an hour after that he forgot. He’s like a goldfish. With a mustache. A glorious, glorious mustache.

  • d cwilson

    Has Klayman ever won a case?

  • I’ve read your posts here about the WND with amusement, and while I accepted that they were a bit on the kookie edge of reality, I didn’t really appreciate them fully until I actually went over there the other day and read the post about Dobson claiming he won’t “bow down to Obamacare”. I left a comment, and was attacked like a virus gets attacked by anti-bodies (and please don’t correct my biology, I’m being creative here). The wing-nuts came out like proverbial flies on shit.

    So I had a little fun, and enjoyed trolldom from the opposite side of the glass. Yes, they called me a troll, for pointing out the Snopes article debunking the claim that Obamacare requires us all to be implanted with RFID chips by 2013. They then attacked Snopes, and didn’t want to believe it.

    Those people are nuckin’ futz.

  • hunter

    “He’s like a goldfish. With a mustache. A glorious, glorious mustache.”

    I think the term is “pornstache.”

  • John Hinkle

    I’d pay money if the next time Klayman files a suit, the clerk accepts the filing fee, stamps RECEIVED on the paperwork, spins around on his wheeled office chair, rolls across the floor, and dumps it in the waste bin. Then when Klayman starts throwing a fit, the clerk increments the queue number on the display with a *ding*.

  • slc1

    I think that Klayman is in a neck and neck race with Orly Taitz for the crown of worst lawyer in America.

  • Yoritomo

    I enjoyed Farah’s honesty:

    “Wha – are you guys serious? You know – You think I’m gonna pull a best-selling book off the shelves? (laughing) What’s the matter with you?”

    No, Mr. Farah, I don’t think you’d pull a best-selling book off the shelves just because it’s spreading obvious untruths.

  • Brain Hertz

    The ruling is well worth reading. Sometimes you get the impression the the judge is really enjoying themselves. This, for instance:

    Id. (boldface and italics in original).

    About an hour later when contacted about the Blog Post by the Daily Caller, Mark Warren opined that Dr. Corsi is “an execrable piece of shit.” Id., Ex. 28 (dailycaller.com post May 18, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.)

    isn’t something you see every day.

    Oh, and by the way, you should look at the facts as found by the court:

    I. FACTS

    President Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Ann Dunham, from Wichita, Kansas, and Barack Obama, Sr., from Kenya.

    Nice.

  • spamamander, hellmart survivor

    Everyone knows Snopes is completely funded by George Soros and is a liberal mouthpiece in the tank for Obama.

    … Sadly, there are a lot of people who believe that, as shown by the section of the message board where they post weird and wonderful emails from readers.

  • had3

    “threw a temper tantrum,” not “through a temper tantrum.”

    Not a biggie, just for ease of reading.

  • kangxi

    Klayman? Klayman? A faint bell rings inside my head… Klayman! The Neverhood! One of the best games I ever played! Here’s a description of Klayman from Wiki: “[Klayman] resembles a humanoid clay man with a single brown hair on his head. He has a red shirt with 3 buttons. When he pushes the middle one, a small door in his chest opens and he can put in or take out what he finds inside. He has brown fingers on his right hand, brown pants and white bare legs. He walks slowly and does not speak at all during the game until he introduces himself to Hoborg after freeing him.”

    No mention of the Pornstache though. Maybe he grew it later.

  • They wanted $120 million? Seriously?

    Did they filed this suit in part to intimidate other parties who might want mock them by showing that they would sue their asses for everything they’ve got, or is that assigning way too much reason and forethought to their motives?

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