She’s bluffing

Anyone who threatens to do something is usually full of it. Especially flea lawyers. When are people going to understand that if you are going to sue/bash/trip/whatever someone you don’t give them a warning, you just do it:

A BLOGGER who characterised anti-porn activist Melinda Tankard Reist as a ”fundamentalist Christian” says she has been asked to apologise – or be sued.

Tankard Reist – who briefed lawyers to warn off liberal blogger Jennifer Wilson – says it’s not being called Christian she objects to, but the claim that she is ”deceptive and duplicitous about her religious beliefs”.

She has sought legal advice from Canberra defamation lawyer Ric Lucas, who once represented Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and former treasurer Peter Costello and their wives in a successful action against publisher Random House over false claims in a memoir by Bob Ellis.

While Tankard Reist has not gone so far as to issue court proceedings yet, she complains social media has intensified the level of vituperation against outspoken figures such as herself.

”Things have gone too far, people think they can just trash you,” she said yesterday. ”Why does being a blogger exempt you from the laws of defamation?”

Wuss…go ahead and sue and see how you get on proving that Jennifer Wilson doesn’t have a honest held belief that Melinda Tankard Reist is a”fundamentalist Christian” and she is “deceptive and duplicitous about her religious beliefs”. If she does sue then the blogger gets to prove exactly why she believes that and if she wins then a court will have proven that the fundy wasn’t defamed…do they not think these things through when they issue idle threats.

The fundy clearly hasn’t heard about the Streisand Effect…in actual fact her silly actions have now guaranteed that everyone who reads about this now thinks she a “fundamentalist Christian” and is “deceptive and duplicitous about her religious beliefs”.

Every time i get a letter from a flea lawyer I publish it. It shows them the error of their ways.


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  • Jassen

    They should all watch this clip from Steve Hughes

  • Anonymous

    The trick is to take the piss out of someone without exposing yourself to a lawsuit. You do not want a lawsuit – just ask Simon Singh in the UK when he took the piss out of UK chiropractors. He prevailed but the biggest cost was a year of his life. There are unfortunately a few bubbling away at the moment in NZ, and so far they are heading for trial. Possibly the most fundamental advice is what any rugby coach advises – play the ball, not the person. Unfortunately in these cases, the writers tended to play the person thus exposing their bums. The person you wish to take the piss out of will most probably provide ample rope to hang himself – make best use of the rope. The likes of Whale and DPF do this pretty well instinctively, others can learn much from them.

    See about the Arkell v. Pressdram (1971) case at: