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  1. Admin-Temp is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 1:29pm

    Bullshido Newbie
     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    History was made today, as we've gotten our first legal threat from a martial artist.

    Honestly, I'm much too busy to keep track of everything that goes on here, and since this is a user-run site, I really don't have to. So I don't know what this is all about, but I'm trying to get to the bottom of it.

    Here's a copy of the letter I recieved:
    VINCE A. SICARI, ESQ.
    Attorney At Law, LLC Telephone: 201-251-2510
    12A Chestnut Street, Suite 2 Facsimile: 201-251-2515
    Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

    Member New Jersey, New York &
    District of Columbia Bars

    August 28, 2002

    McDojo Website

    RE: Defamation of Michael Malandra
    McDojo.com | Articles

    Dear Sir or Madam:
    Please be advised that my office acts as legal counsel to Michael Malandra. I was informed by Mr. Malandra that there is a post which is defamatory and slanderous of he and his father on your site.
    Mr. Malandra was made aware of this fact by a friend who apparently posted a response on his behalf. This matter has now been presented to my office. Kindly provide my office with an address and telephone and facsimile number in order to place you on official notice of an intent to subpoena records regarding the URL for that individual.
    While many of the posts on your site may be quite juvenile in nature and the seriousness and validity is highly questionable, the fact remains that they are slanderous and defamatory. I have represented individuals with regards to slander and defamation on the internet and can provide your office with the case law within an hour of receiving your information for transmission.
    I am all for free speech and equally for responsibility for defamatory words and language. I have placed another article containing similar defamatory statements of yet another martial artist below. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    Very truly yours,
    Vince A. Sicari, Esq.
    cc: M. Malandra
    http://www.mcdojo.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=489&FORUM_ID=2&CAT_ID=8 &Topic_Title=Article%3AWelcome+to+Opie%2DDo%3A +Bill+%93Opie%94+Stevens+th&Forum_Title=McDojo +Discussion
    This was my response:

    Hello,

    This is the statement we have on the front page of the website:


    "Disclaimer: READ THIS FIRST OR DIE.

    ®2002-2003 Sociocide Productions.

    This website is forentertainment purposes only.

    The material presented here reflects the
    opinions of the individual contributors and does not necessarily reflect the
    opinions or views of Sociocide or the staff of McDojo.com.

    McDojo.com is in no way affiliated with McDonalds™, its products,
    characters, or holdings,
    and does not in any way seek to associate itself with said entity for any
    reasons other than parody.

    Any complaints and or questions may be addressed to the McDojo staff at
    support@mcdojo.com"

    I would like specifics before we begin a serious dialog on this subject.

    What posts in your opinion are defamatory? The document you attached does
    not list this information, but instead refers to an unrelated topic.

    It's been my experience that Martial Artists make wild and exaggerated
    claims about their abilities, yet get upset when said claims are challenged
    in rational discussion. If you can prove to me that this is not the case,
    that your client has been misrepresented with blatant lies and non-factual
    information, then I will fully cooperate with your efforts.

    However, if this is just another situation wherein someone's "feathers have
    been ruffled" because their claims have been questioned, then I wish your
    client the best in his efforts and bid you a good day.

    Please provide the requested information so that we may move forward.

    Regards,

    Neal "Phrost" Fletcher
    Administrator, McDojo.com
    First off, does anyone know what this is about?

    I'll keep you posted as things happen.
  2. DJ Coldfusion is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 2:00pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Yes, Lawyers can be Morons too. Apparently he didn't read the rest of the thread where the poster was seriously questioned.

    Where is the "slanderous" post concerning Mr. Malandra???
  3. fogster is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 2:11pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Well, if the person isn't in the US, he can't do $h!t anyway.

    Lawyers are all fuucking morons, and you can quote me on that !!!

    *Uno* Crew Chief Attorney

    Bruce Lee,Jet Li,Segal and Van Damme are all actors so shutup about them.
    Goldberg is soft
  4. Streetfighter is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 2:18pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    They would have to define McDojo before they could sue you for calling it one.
  5. Mr. Donkeypenis is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 3:26pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    They should have Phrost fight Malandra in the parking lot. The winner wins the case.

    A.K.A MEAT
  6. Andy Kaufman is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 3:52pm


     

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    maybe he's from mclawyers.com

    talk about lazy. what happened to the proactive ambulance chasers we know and love?
  7. DJ Coldfusion is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 4:36pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    VINCEY boy, I'm sure you're reading this. How about dropping the pretentious ESQ. register and post the case law??
  8. PeedeeShaolin is offline
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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 4:39pm

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    That guy was claiming he WAS Malandra. He was full of shiit tho. Who cares about this prick.

    "Do not become entranced by impractical or useless movements. Do not be categorized as one who "Learns all there is to know about less and less until he ends up learning everything there is to know about nothing." -Ed Parker
    "All warfare is based on deception." -Sun Tzu, ca. 400BC


    Reverse punch Kiaii!!!
  9. Andy Kaufman is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 5:06pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    you know, mike might want his money back. that lawyer can't even link the right thread!!!


    LOL!!!!!!!!!
  10. gaijin is offline

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    Posted On:
    8/30/2002 5:39pm


     

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Mr. Mallandra will be able to win this case if and only if the following two conditions are met:

    1. The case is deliberated in the ninth federal circuit.

    2. Mr. Mallandra is a woman (heehee!), a homosexual, or a minority.
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