BREAKING NEWS: Friedman Seeks To Gag Arons; Cites ASD-Biz Forum And PatrickPretty.com Blog In Court Filing
UPDATED 11:26 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) Dallas attorney Larry Friedman is asking a Dallas judge to issue a temporary restraining order against Florida resident Jack Arons.
An exhibit included in the filing includes content from the ASD-Biz Forum, PatrickPretty.com, the Dallas Morning News and WCTV-TV, a Florida television station. Separately, Friedman is attempting by subpoena to get ning.com to provide him information on the identities of posters at the forum.
ning.com hosts the ASD-Biz forum.
Friedman sued Arons last month, accusing him of slander and libel. All in all, today’s filing, including the exhibit, took up 135 pages.
In the filing Friedman said a previous restraining order against Arons had lapsed and that settlement negotiations with Arons had broken down “due to [Arons'] unwillingness to mediate in good faith.
“[Arons] continues to post on the Internet regarding Plaintiff despite representing to the mediator that he would not do so while the parties were trying to reach a settlement,” Friedman said in the filing.
Among the content included in the exhibit was an April 9 column in this Blog, along with Comments from readers. Also included was an April 11 column, along with reader Comments, including a Comment from Guenther in which he threatened to send an email to the ASD Members Business Association (ASDMBA) Trust database that suggested we were a member of ASD and “possibly an ASD winner!!!”
We were not members of ASD. Nor were we members of ASDMBA.
Also included in the exhibit was a copy of a March 28 column in this Blog, along with reader Comments, including Comments from Guenther. The exhibit also incuded a copy of a March 19 column in this Blog that reproduced an October 2008 letter from Friedman to Guenther, warning Guenther that the ASD probe was an active criminal investigation and to stop threatening people.
The exhibit also includes page after page of postings from the ASD-Biz forum, including posts made as recently as today by forum members. Some of the Comments made on this Blog cited in the exhibit also were made today.
Friedman claims in the filing that his reputation will be irreparably harmed if Arons is not restrained. Among other things, the filing seeks to restrain Arons from “encouraging or duping ASDMBA investors to file false complaints or disseminate false facts to state agencies or other entities.”
A hearing on the application for a new restraining order is set April 17.