Wednesday, November 4, 2009

UM Law Professor Dismisses Suit Against Above The Law Without Even Serving The Complaint

After filing a complaint seeking two million in compensatory damages, and twenty million in punitive damages, University of Miami School of Law professor Donald Jones filed a one sentence document dismissing the complaint today.  Perhaps the plaintiff read the nearly unanimous blog posts and news article regarding the complaint.

The three counts to the now dismissed complaint against Dead Horse Media, David Lat and David Minkin were: (I) False Light, (II) Invasion of Privacy and (III) Copyright Infringement. Minkin is the Registrar and Publisher of and Lat is the Founding Editor.  A summons was never even issued for any of the defendants.  The lawsuit was previously discussed here and here

Above the Law indicates there was not a settlement.  They stated earlier today "Pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i)(B), the dismissal is without prejudice. If Professor Jones wants to refile, he should note the statute of limitations (which had already run as to most of our posts about him by the time his complaint was filed). There was NO SETTLEMENT in this case. Above the Law has made no changes to our prior posts, and we have paid no money to Professor Jones. The case was dismissed by the plaintiff without anything from our side, except a letter from our lawyer."

The dismissal is below:



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