BREAKING NEWS: Fighting a Bully – And Winning
By Robert Haugh
I have great news. Four months after Santa Clara Weekly Publisher Miles Barber filed a lawsuit against me in an effort to stop me from writing Santa Clara News Online, we’ve won the case.
Judge Mary E. Arand has granted my special motion to strike the complaint under California’s Anti-SLAPP statute, finding that the complaint was aimed at my free speech and that Miles could not produce sufficient evidence to show he could prevail.
This was a case of a bully using a lawsuit to try to intimidate me, and stop me from publishing news and opinion. Miles used frivolous and incorrect information. And he lost.
I’m sure he thought I couldn’t fight back … But the community rallied to help me by contributing to a legal defense fund that allowed me to hire Kenneth White, a great lawyer who believes in the First Amendment. I’ll always be grateful to the community and Kenneth.
This is also a win for online publishing and the First Amendment.
We’re not quite done. Miles has 60 days to decide to appeal. I’ll let all of you know if we’re going to Round 2 of this fight. I hope you’ll be with me again.
Thanks for helping with this victory. I’m as happy as Steph Curry and Kevin Durant this week.
Here are links to what I wrote in the past about this lawsuit:
- I Stood Up to a Bully and Others Are Standing With Me
- Fighting a Bully Publisher, the Community Rallies
- Help Protect the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press in a David vs Goliath Fight in Santa Clara
Editor’s Note: I wanted to share this news right away. I’ll do a recap of the council meeting tomorrow. I hope you don’t mind.