I realize this is getting repetitive, but it is important for the public to be aware of the activities of vexatious litigant Crystal L. Cox.
Extortionist Crystal Cox has sued a group of defendants in at least ten federal courts (you might call this Cox v. The Internet), with crazed allegations of a massive conspiracy to ruin her life and to steal the iViewIt technology (which was thoroughly litigated years ago).
Cox has already been laughed out of federal district court in Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania. In Nevada, she has had her motions denied and her electronic filing privileges revoked.
But “try, try again” must be Cox’s motto, because she filed (an equally laughable) amended complaint in Arizona. Unsurprisingly, that complaint has been dismissed too. Notable tidbits from the order include:
The Court may exercise its discretion to dismiss an action pursuant to section 1915(d) if it is “frivolous or
malicious,” i.e., the claims have no arguable basis in law and fact. See, e.g., Mayfield v. Collins, 918 F.2d 560, 561 (5th Cir. 1990). Under the liberal rules applicable to pro se complaints, an action is frivolous if the plaintiff cannot make a rational argument on the law and facts in support of her claim. See Van Sickle v. Holloway, 791 F.2d 1431, 1434 (10th Cir. 1988); Wiggins v. New Mexico State Supreme Court Clerk, 664 F.2d 812, 815 (10th Cir. 1981). Even pro se pleadings must contain a minimum level of factual support and a plaintiff should not be allowed to proceed in forma pauperis if her complaint is so lacking in specific facts the Court must invent a factual scenarios not evident from the face of the complaint. See Richmond v. Cagle, 920 F. Supp. 955, 957 (E.D. Wis. 1996).
To properly state a claim for relief, the factual allegations of a complaint must be enough to raise a right to relief above the level of speculation, i.e., the facts must state a legal claim to relief that is plausible from the facts asserted.
Some individual defendants are named “personally and professionally.” Plaintiff vaguely identifies some acts by some defendants which she asserts defamed her, but there are no specific allegations, including dates on which any event occurred, against many named defendants. Plaintiff mentions section 1983, but does not assert any fact, which if taken as true, establishes that any named defendant acted “under color of state law.”
Plaintiff alludes to federal jurisdiction over her claims because, she asserts, defamation is a violation of her constitutional rights. Plaintiff states that the “nature” of her lawsuit is one for “Defamation/Libel/Slander”, involving civil conspiracy, malpractice, racketeering, and witnesstampering. Plaintiff also alludes to “causes of action” for racketeering and violation of section 1983. The amended complaint seeks damages in the amount of ten million dollars from each defendant without explanation. Because the complaint does not properly state a claim for relief over which the United States District Court for the District of Arizona has jurisdiction, regardless of whether Plaintiff has met the standard for proceeding in forma pauperis, the Court is within its discretion in denying her in forma pauperis status and dismissing the complaint without prejudice.
Are you wondering why Crystal Cox can’t seem to put together a complaint that can pass muster with federal judges? It’s not because she is stupid. It’s not because she has almost zero knowledge of the law. It is because she has no claims based in fact that can be pursued in the federal courts. All she has are wild conspiracy theories and a whole lot of hurt feelings. That’s not enough to justify terrorizing a group of unrelated defendants into infinity.
Now we just need to have Plaintiff Cox thrown out of federal court in Nevada, California, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
- Cox v. The Internet: Thrown Out in Florida District Court
- Extortionate Investigative Blogger Crystal Cox: Summary By a Federal Judge
- Crystal Cox v. The Internet: Motions Denied and Electronic Filing Privileges Revoked
- Crystal Cox Has a History of Seeking Payoffs in Exchange For Retraction
- Is a Damages Expert Required?
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