I posted the other day about the lawfare threats against Canadian blog Blazing Cat Fur, In 2013, protect and support your local blogger more than ever.
I didn’t realize it, but they already have been sued by Michael Mann, who has sued National Review and Mark Steyn.
As bizarre as the suit against NR and Steyn sounds, the suit against Blazing Cat Fur goes a step further, as Steyn writes:
Thank you for your kind donations to our legal defense fund against a nuisance suit from self-endowed Nobel laureate Michael Mann. We can always use a little more — we’re in court in D.C. later this month, and the framed copy of my online legal diploma (valid most jurisdictions except the Northern Mariana Islands and Abkhazia) from a website in Tajikistan has apparently been delayed in the Christmas mail.
But here’s the thing. South of the border, National Review is being sued for defamation for publishing a piece by me. North of the border, they’ve gone to the next stage: one of Canada’s top bloggers is being sued for defamation merely for linking to me – or, as the plaintiff puts it, to “far-right website SteynOnline“. He’s seeking half-a-million bucks in damages, which even in Canada seems a high price for an Internet link to lil’ ol’ me.
Steyn made this appeal in response to earlier lawsuits against Blazing Cat Fur:
Contribute to the Blazing Cat Fur Legal Defense Fund. I just did.