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Project Veritas v. James O’Keefe: Parties “engaged in productive discussions to attempt to resolve this case”

Project Veritas v. James O’Keefe: Parties “engaged in productive discussions to attempt to resolve this case”

Project Veritas is going down, according to multiple media reports. Turns out suing James was a bad business decision. A recent court filing by Project Veritas suggests there have been settlement negotiations to end the lawsuit.

Project Veritas and James O’Keefe, its founder and most identifiable personality, had a massive falling out, with lots of ugliness as PV went on the offensive. We covered the unfolding car wreck:

O’Keefe then formed his own activist entity, and Project Veritas sued him:

The lawsuit, regardless of any merits, was an act of business stupidity by PV, because James was the company as far as the public and donors were concerned:

This strikes me as a futile act of desperation. O’Keefe was Project Veritas in the minds of the public and donors. You can’t salvage the business by attacking him, or suing him.

A Project Veritas sockpuppet account doesn’t understand that PV has even further damaged its business by the lawsuit even if the lawsuit had merit. You aren’t going to win back donors and supporters by suing James. You “might” be able to stop James from soliciting donors, but you can’t make the donors donate to you. You will just drive them further away, and your business further into the ground. Someone gave PV some very bad business advice, unless the situation is so desperate and they are going down so fast they figured they had nothing to lose.

[No criminal charges were ever brought against ACORN, but federal funding was cut off, and it made James a national figure.]

As to the business wisdom of PV suing James, it’s *almost* like I could see into the future. No, actually, I accurately predicted the future of PV, which brought on Hannah Giles (who partnered with James on the original ACORN sting) to try to salvage the operation and bring back some of its glory.

It didn’t work. In a bizarre and then deleted “hostage” like tweet from PV’s official account, the implosion was revealed:

According to numerous media reports, Project Veritas has laid off most of its staff and will outsource investigations, as donations withered in the absence of James:

After laying off most of its workforce last week, right-wing media group Project Veritas is considering cost-cutting measures like going fully remote and bringing in an outside firm to produce its content.

Project Veritas laid off 25 employees last week, citing financial difficulties. The company has struggled to fundraise after the departure of its founder James O’Keefe earlier this year. By the time of his departure, O’Keefe had become controversial within Project Veritas, with some employees accusing him of being “a power-drunk tyrant” who allegedly squandered company funds on lavish personal expenses. After the layoffs—which employees previously characterized as slashing Project Veritas from 43 to 18 staffers—the company is seeking a profitable path forward, according to sources. And it won’t be easy, management has suggested in a recent conversation.

In post-layoff conversations with staff, Project Veritas board president Joseph Barton has indicated that the company plans to work remotely and part ways with its Mamaroneck, New York, headquarters, people familiar with the talks told The Daily Beast.

Barton, who did not return requests for comment, also indicated that Veritas hopes to cut costs by outsourcing its production to a third-party firm.

Much of PV’s actions and the lawsuit seemed to be an attempt to get James in legal trouble, regardless of whether it salvaged the company. And sure enough, there are reports of an “investigation” by the Westchester County District Attorney into the accusations against James.

But none of that will salvage Project Veritas. The lawsuit never made sense at multiple levels. While demanding an injunction in the Complaint, the Pacer electronic docket does not reflect any motion for injunctive relief ever having been filed.

Additionally, the lawsuit may go away entirely, according to a Letter Motion filed by Project Veritas on August 23, 2023, seeking an extension of time to serve the Complaint on James and his new entity (emphasis added):

Plaintiffs and Defendants O’Keefe and Transparency 1, LLC, had been engaged in productive discussions to attempt to resolve this case. Were Plaintiffs to have served Defendants, unnecessary litigation costs would potentially have been imposed on both sides. Plaintiff believes an additional 45 days at this point would suffice to advance the goal of out-of-court resolution or to effect service and move forward. Thus, good cause exists to grant a 45-day extension of the deadline to serve the Complaint and Summons in this matter.

The Judge promptly approved the delay, but of course, Judges love having cases settle:

08/23/2023 13 ORDER granting 12 Letter Motion for Extension of Time: Plaintiffs’ time to serve Defendants is extended to 10/13/23. (HEREBY ORDERED by Judge Cathy Seibel)(Text Only Order) (Seibel, Cathy) (Entered: 08/23/2023)

How serious are the settlement negotions? No way to tell from the court docket. It may be that whatever progress was made will not be enough.

What would be enough for each side? That’s the key thing. James could try to reclaim control of PV, but he’s already started his own group, and the PV brand is tarnished, so why would he want it. As to James’ new venture, if PV thought it really was a serious threat causing irreparable harm, it wouldn’t have done nothing in the lawsuit to actually enforce its rights.

This should be a lesson to Kemberlee, Mary, and Fuzzy – don’t even think about ousting the founder and most identifiable figure at Legal Insurrection. The readers will stand by me. Right? Right?




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Asset thieves, common in all forms of business. Glad to see the bad guys crash and burn.

“Hannah Giles announced as new CEO of Project Veritas”

“Kemberlee, Mary, and Fuzzy – don’t even think about ousting the founder and most identifiable figure at Legal Insurrection. The readers will stand by me. Right? Right?’

PV hit too close with their Pfizer reveal. This looks like a failed attempt by leftists to gut an institution and wear it’s skin to appear credible.

    Halcyon Daze in reply to Dathurtz. | August 28, 2023 at 8:12 am

    That’s the first quote to come to mind.

    1. Identify a respected institution.
    2. kill it.
    3. gut it.
    4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.

    — David Burge

Project Veritas will outsource future investigations. lol?

The whole affair reeks of how woke gen zoomer staff overthrow management at non-profit progressive organizations, loot the treasury, install an espresso bar, a plant-based frozen yoghurt machine and downtime zones. They then abandon their woke office building and “work” from home.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 27, 2023 at 5:54 pm

The traitorous lowlifes at Project Veritas tried to kill O’Keefe’s media presence – ANYWHERE – right after his Pfizer expose. Absolutely despicable.

Always happy when the guy who does the work makes good on his own and the vulture capitalists crater and burn.
Though when it happened to me, my portfolio of retirement stock in the old company cratered and burned, too.

StillNeedToDrainTheSwamp | August 27, 2023 at 6:59 pm

Absolutely, right! 🙂

Project Veritas will outsource future investigations? It should hire that new journalist entity, called OMG, for them.

In the settlement agreement, Project Veritas should return to James all of his boxes of alpacas.

Hannah Giles Seemed to have taken her rightful stardom and done some goods things with it

In the original Fox video, O’Keefe gives her all the credit with the original idea, as was right.

I wonder what their relationship was moving forward… and now


James is THE STUFF. He can’t be everything but he IS everything to PV. Were I him, I probably throw them all under the bus and regroup with reliable confederates, investigators, confidants, informants, and keep doing what made him great.

Hannah is too cute but I don’t feature her in an executive roll. Love her courage and enthusiasm. This is the sort of stuff that happens with success.

I do NOT care if James splurged on some limos, excursions, boat stuff or whatever, he was and is still delivering the content that the creeps from 60 minuets always hoped to do.

Good Dog, James!

    henrybowman in reply to NotKennedy. | August 28, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    O’Keefe has switched business models (probably because he’s been forced to). Instead of a vertical monopoly, where everybody involved in the sting works for him, he’s gone to a “citizen journalist” (stringer) model, where he trains volunteers to do the job without breaking any actual laws, then provides them camera gear, turns them loose, and hopes they will produce for him.

    His first efforts have included a couple of nothingburger thuds (the most cringeworthy of which were videos at a law firm’s convention, where employees did skits satirizing lawyers as shysters), but he gave them airplay regardless, doubtless pour encourager les autres.

is carto, the SpotlThis reminds me of the frash and burning of Liberty Lobby back in the 80’s with Willis Carto,, the Spotlight Newspaper, the IHR, and the Edison girl’s 7 million donation. Notto forget Synanon’s participation. This whole thing was most prpbaly and infiltration by a group tied to Soros or one of his money ilk.

I was screaming about this when they fired James O’Keefe. Almost, but not quite as loud as I was screaming about Tucker’s firing.

Which MotherF@#$er in the C-Suite thought Project Veritas was capable of continuing as an institution without O’Keefe?

Burn in Hell Project Veritas. At least then they will live up to their name.

Burn PV to the ground.

Sorry about the anger. O’Keefe’s firing, from the COMPANY HE FOUNDED really pissed me off.


With you all the way Prof!

…with some employees accusing him of being “a power-drunk tyrant” who allegedly squandered company funds on lavish personal expenses.

In this age of assertive victimhood one wonders at the extent of that “power-drunk” tyranny. Still, it is hard to separate the man from the mission from the company. Was O’Keefe a domestic tyrant, versus how much does the mission of PV supersede the submission to the tyranny of its director?

Hm. When I read this article yesterday, under “hostage-like tweet” was a panel where someone had written something on the order of, “OMG, Hannah has fired all the rest of us!” Today it’s not there. What gives?

The embedded picture at the top – whats the deal with those weird goggles O’Keefe is wearing? It’s an identity concealment thing, yes? Please tell me it’s not fashion.

    Semper Why in reply to Tiki. | August 30, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    That’s from the original sting operation where he pretended to be a pimp and walked into Project ACORN looking for advice. He wasn’t wearing that outfit during the sting, but he dressed up like that to shoot some background & establishing shots.