One weird trick for winning a lawsuit

I’d like to think this particular motion was granted simply because it’s hilarious:

What this suit is all about:

A Russian-tied tech firm named in a controversial dossier containing uncorroborated allegations about President Donald Trump and the hacking of Democratic National Committee email accounts announced late Friday that it has filed defamation suits against the online news site BuzzFeed, its editor in chief and a former British intelligence agent.

The lawsuits were brought by XBT Holdings, a Cyprus-based company owned by Russian tech magnate Aleksej Gubarev. Lawyers for his firm filed complaints Friday [3 February] in London against the former spy and his company, and against BuzzFeed and its editor in chief, Ben Smith, in Broward County Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where XBT’s subsidiary Webzilla is headquartered.

“The dossier included libelous, unverified and untrue allegations regarding XBT, Webzilla and Gubarev. The lawsuits seek yet undetermined compensation for the damages suffered by XBT, Webzilla and Gubarev as the result of the publication of the dossier,” a statement said.

New York-based BuzzFeed Inc., which published the dossier in full on Jan. 10, wasn’t alone. Former spy Christopher Steele and his company Orbis Business Intelligence in London were named as defendants in the London suit.

In a statement to McClatchy, BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said Friday night, “We have redacted Mr. Gubarev’s name from the published dossier, and apologize for including it.”

Which apology was apparently not sufficient to mollify Mr. Gubarev.


  1. fillyjonk »

    30 March 2017 · 10:25 am

    “former spy Christopher Steele”

    somehow I have a hard time believing his real name is that. It’s a little too perfect.

  2. CGHill »

    30 March 2017 · 10:39 am

    Witless Protection Program?

  3. Barks »

    30 March 2017 · 12:37 pm

    Should have sued in London where there’d be a chance of winning such an action.

  4. nightfly »

    30 March 2017 · 12:51 pm

    After what happened so gloriously and deservedly to Gawker, Barks, they may have a chance at that.

    Also, the writer of this motion was correct: reason number two was, indeed, amazing.

  5. The Other McCain »

    30 March 2017 · 3:05 pm

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