VICTORY AGAINST Ripoffreport.com Judge Rules Our Boycott is Protected Speech!
Pursuant to: RipOffReport.com vs Common Decency Arizona Case CV2013-012936
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$113,000 in legal fees incurred defending the legal challenges by Ripoffreport.
This Boycott is protected speech under the US First Amendment. However, attorneys for Ripoff Report misled the Judge into issuing a temporary injunction with false allegations.
On November 22nd, 2013, Hon. Judge Randall H. Warner denied Ripoff Report’s Request for a preliminary injunction against our boycott. He ruled that “everything” within our boycott websites was protected speech under the First Amendment”
In “Xcentric Ventures LLC v. Michael Roberts and Common Decency, Inc”, Ripoff Report sued us in Arizona State Court for staging an internet boycott of companies that do business with Ripoff Report through his websites AuthorizedStatement.org and BadForPeople.org.
Watch the Court Testimony of Michael Roberts Against Ripoffreport.com’s Alleged Criminal Activities
Attorney Adam Kunz, Xcentric’s general counsel, testified that the boycott had caused Ripoffreport to cease sales efforts for their “Verified” program because we had put Ed Magedson on notice that:
“I expect that you are henceforth morally obliged to include in your contracts (in big print not small) a disclosure explaining that if they enter into an agreement with you, then they will certainly see, within a few days, at least two new Google search results for their business or personal name highlighting their relationship with you.”
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On November 18, 2013, the Superior Court of Maricopa County denied Ripoff Report’s request to enjoin the speech of our team, finding our activities protected as free speech under the First Amendment. The Court wrote:
“Defendant Roberts is free to stage an internet boycott of Xcentric, and is free to include in the boycott those who do business with it. Both his threat to boycott those who do business with Xcentric and his postings that make good on the threat are protected speech, so long as all he does is expose their decision to do business with Xcentric.”
”Xcentric Ventures, LLC v. Roberts & Common Decency, Inc”, Sup. Ct. Ariz. CV 2013-012936 (Maricopa Cty. Nov. 18. 2013).
Next step: We will be requesting damages for being wrongfully enjoined.
SHAM: As a disguise, and in order to circumvent the protection afforded to this legitimate boycott by the First Amendment, Ripoffreport.com attorneys Adam Kunz and Maria Crimi Speth deceived the Honorable Judge Randall Warner of Maricopa County Superior Court. Based on Xcentric’s initial filings which we believe were made in bad faith, the Judge acted appropriately, although he accepted the allegations in good faith, he has subsequently corrected the wrongful allegations and vindicated myself and my boycott company, Common Decency, Inc.
Xcentric Ventures, LLC DBA Ripoffreport.com, through its attorney Maria Crimi Speth accused me of being responsible for the website www.scamgroup.com, thereby attributing the allegedly defamatory content therein to this legitimate boycott movement.
My official statement & disavow of involvement in ScamGroup.com is found here
Also, in an act of apparent desperation, RipOffReport.com’s attorney Maria Crimi Speth accused me of sending death threats to her by email. Read the full account here.
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