Posted On:8/30/2002 1:29pm
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
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:
This is the statement we have on the front page of the website:
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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.
Neal "Phrost" Fletcher
First off, does anyone know what this is about?
I'll keep you posted as things happen.
Posted On:8/30/2002 2:00pm
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???
Posted On:8/30/2002 2:11pm
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
Posted On:8/30/2002 2:18pm
They would have to define McDojo before they could sue you for calling it one.
Posted On:8/30/2002 3:26pm
They should have Phrost fight Malandra in the parking lot. The winner wins the case.
Posted On:8/30/2002 3:52pm
maybe he's from mclawyers.com
talk about lazy. what happened to the proactive ambulance chasers we know and love?
Posted On:8/30/2002 4:36pm
VINCEY boy, I'm sure you're reading this. How about dropping the pretentious ESQ. register and post the case law??
Co-Founder, Retired Admin
Posted On:8/30/2002 4:39pm
Style: BJJ, Karate,
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!!!
Posted On:8/30/2002 5:06pm
you know, mike might want his money back. that lawyer can't even link the right thread!!!
Posted On:8/30/2002 5:39pm
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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