17 Nov

Marc Randazza Free Speech Win for Dr. Steven Novella

Marc Randazza, The Legal Satyricon

Marc Randazza of Randazza Legal Group, First Amendment Attorneys

First Amendment attorney Marc Randazza of Las Vegas has scored a particularly important win in a case involving Steven Novella, MD and Edward Tobinick, MD. Dr. Tobinick sued Dr. Novella and Yale University in Florida, not for defamation, but for claims of false advertising and trademark infringement.

First, Randazza won an anti-SLAPP motion. Despite being a California plantiff, Tobinick filed suit in Florida. He may have hoped that California’s anti-SLAPP law wouldn’t follow him there. He would have been wrong. From the order (emphasis mine): Read More

02 Feb

mArc RaNdaZza tAkeS bACk His NAmE

First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza is amazing. He is truly a “First Amendment Badass.”  Last year, he had an unfortunate incident occur, which proves that no good deed goes unpunished. Marc Randazza briefly agreed to represent “investigative blogger” Crystal Cox in an appeal of the lawsuit against her for defamation of Kevin Padrick and Obsidian Finance.

The problem was that the judge declared that Crystal Cox is not a journalist. First amendment lawyers worried about the effects that decision might have on other bloggers, who might be journalists. Crystal Cox is not a journalist, but is an extortionist. Still, Marc worried about whether this decision could have unintended consequences. Read More

21 Jan

Photography is Not a Crime

Carlos Miller has been a First Amendment Champion for years. He has been unlawfully arrested multiple times for filming and photographing police activity and other happenings in public areas. Marc Randazza alerts us to the latest injustice involving Carlos Miller.

On Sunday night, Carlos Miller was lawfully filming at the Miami-Dade Metrorail, when 50 States security personnel attacked and choked him. The five minute video on Miller’s site, Photography is Not a Crime, shows that he and a friend were minding their own business and shooting some harmless video when they were confronted by security guards. Read More

07 Dec

Stopping Crystal Cox’s Harassment and Extortion

Last week Marc Randazza, his wife Jennifer, and his daughter Natalia filed suit against “investigative blogger” Crystal Cox in United States District Court in Nevada. The suit is a treasure trove of tales about a nutty blogger who fancies herself an investigator and protector of civil rights.

The backstory has been covered here before. Crystal gained her nutty notoriety because of her attacks on Kevin Padrick and Obsidian Finance. In steps Marc Randazza, noted First Amendment lawyer, who considered representing Cox in that case. After that went south, Crystal Cox started buying domain names which included the names of Randazza, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter. She  offered Randazza “reputation management services,” whereby she would refrain from posting defamatory things about him on her websites if Randazza paid her enough. That, my friends, is extortion.

The complaint summarizes: Read More

20 Nov

Kevin Trudeau and the First Amendment

Kevin Trudeau is a charlatan with a colorful history of interaction with the authorities. Over and over, he has been found misleading consumers via infomercials (his main method of self-promotion), but now he would have you believe that he’s just a victim of the man who is trying to take away his First Amendment right to free speech.

In the early 1990s, Trudeau pleaded guilty to larceny and did time for stealing money via consumers’ credit cards. In 1996, Trudeau had legal troubles relating to his participation in Nutrition For Life, a multi-level marketing company that was accused of being a pyramid scheme. Read More

23 Mar

Marc Randazza, First Amendment Lawyer

Randazza Legal GroupMarc J. Randazza is a truly amazing First Amendment Attorney. His firm, Randazza Legal Group is based in Las Vegas, but they handle cases across the country. It is impossible to appreciate how brilliant Marc is unless you have actually worked with him, and I have had that honor.

Marc and his team blog at The Legal Satyricon, a no-holds-barred publication where the lawyers speak their minds on all sorts of current events. He is an amazing writer, not just on the blog. I have had the pleasure of reading several of Marc’s briefs, and they are engaging, entertaining, and compelling. Read More

12 Sep

TSA Agent Thedala Magee Rapes Passenger, Then Demands Money

As the United States goes back to normal, following our remembrance of September 11, 2001, one of the most offensive bits of “normal” continues at airports. We, the citizens of the United States, allow the Transportation Security Administration to shame, humiliate, and violate us every single day. (See a photo of the kind of thing I’m talking about here.)

Today I focus on one Thedala Magee, a TSA employee who violated Amy Alkon in an airport. What Thedala Magee did, as described by Alkon, is nothing short of sexual assault. But it was sanctioned and allowed by our government in the name of “safety” at airports.

You may have already heard the story about Thedala Magee’s lawyer, Vicki Roberts, sending a threatening letter to Amy Alkon, demanding $500,000 for publicly saying that Magee raped her. Read More