(Nov. 2, 2012 Update: On November 2, 2012, Ryan Holliday and Internet Brands jointly asked the Court to continue the hearing on Ryan’s anti-SLAPP motion and motion to dismiss from November 5, 2012 to November 19, 2012, to allow the parties time to discuss a possible resolution. The Court granted the request. A copy of the parties’ request to the Court can be found here. A copy of the Court order granting the request can be found here.)
Yesterday, Ryan Holliday, one of the community members sued by Internet Brands, filed a motion to strike and dismiss Internet Brands’ complaint. Ryan’s motion argues that Internet Brands’ lawsuit is a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) — a meritless case brought not to win, but to punish him and frighten others from exercising their free speech rights to discuss the creation of a new travel project. Ryan is also seeking an award of attorneys’ fees, meaning that if he wins, Internet Brands will be required to pay the legal costs incurred to prepare the motion. The court will hear the motion on November 5, 2012.
We fully agree with Ryan’s position, and we hope his motion is successful. We think community volunteers like Ryan deserve our thanks, not meritless lawsuits. You can read about the original suit filed by the Wikimedia Foundation in a blog post from September 5, 2012.
Kelly Kay, Deputy Counsel