Defense attorneys say the number of these lawsuits—formally filed or merely threatened in cease-and-desist letters—is on the rise. Precise figures are hard to get, because many have their intended effect of frightening consumers into erasing their criticism before a suit can go forward. Lacking the resources to fight back, subjects often simply give up.
“The greatest threat to free expression in America is no longer the government,” says Marc Randazza, an online-free-speech defense lawyer. “It’s corporations and wealthy plaintiffs using the courts to intimidate ordinary people who just want to speak honestly on the internet.”
With enormous eyeglasses and frazzled hair, Paul Levy looks more like an absent-minded professor than a brass-knuckled litigator. He’s known to arrive at work in shorts, dark socks, and sandals.
But Levy, 63, has successfully fought attempts by deep-pocketed opponents—including billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and the late Reverend Jerry Falwell—to squelch online speech. Along the way, he has established legal precedents that judges now use to apply existing free-speech law to chatter on the internet.
Robert Lee’s case is typical of how Levy responds to a bullying lawsuit. Instead of simply defending Lee, Levy filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all of Makhnevich’s patients who had signed the gag order. After the suit drew media attention, the company that had provided the agreements to Makhnevich announced it would stop recommending their use.
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Hypocrite Marc Randazza Says;
“The greatest threat to free expression in America is no longer the government,” “It’s corporations and wealthy plaintiffs using the courts to intimidate ordinary people who just want to speak honestly on the internet.”
Marc Randazza is the KING of unleashing "an aggressive legal campaign, blasting away at web-borne statements" that he don’t like. And he is above the law, above counter complaints, malpractice lawsuits, defamation lawsuits though he has SERIOUS actual malice and seems to answer to no legal authority whatsoever.
The Greatest Threat to Free Speech is Free Speech attorneys who know the Law and used it against "ordinary people" to intimidate and harass them to the point of bankruptcy and so afraid they back down and shut up aKa do as he says.
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