Spam-fighter David Ritz needs your help.
In previous editions of the Spam Diaries
I've told the tale of a SLAPP lawsuit brought against me by spammer Jerry Reynolds.
In a nutshell, Reynolds sued me for defamation over his entry
in my anti-spam website
. The purpose of this lawsuit, obviously, was to suppress information about his prior spamming activities, and to extract revenge against an anti-spammer who had caused him trouble in the past. For more information about this lawsuit, see my entries About the lawsuits
and SLAPP Lawsuits by Jerry Reynolds
One issue which I've only brushed on is another lawsuit filed by Reynolds, against anti-spammer David Ritz. David is a spam-fighter of long standing, and one of the most meticulous I have ever met. If you ever need hard data on a spammer, contact David. (Just be prepared to wade through megabytes of evidence.) David has apparently been more of a thorn in Reynolds' hide than I have, so Reynolds is pursuing this case with a vengeance.
The case has been going on for more than a year, with Reynolds and his lawyer attacking viciously and repeatedly. David has been repeatedly deposed. His computers have been repeatedly subpoenaed. At his lawyer's request, we've only communicated to each other through our lawyers, so I'm not privy to everything that happened since the lawsuit against me was dismissed, but I do know that his expenses have been astronomical.
SLAPP lawsuits by spammers against anti-spammers are nothing new
. Spamhaus has been sued twice. MAPS has been sued multiple times. Numerous other spam-fighters have also been sued. One of the differences here is that David is not an organization with resources or an individual with means. Unlike Spamhaus, he has no pro-bono lawyer. Frankly, I'm surprised he's survived this long.
The actual trial comes up very soon, and so I expect his expenses to increase vastly over the next few weeks.
The purpose of this entry is to ask that people give as generously as they can to David's defense fund.
Checks may be mailed toDavid Ritzc/o Debra S. KoenigGodfrey and Kahn, S.C.780 N Water StreetMilwaukee WI 53202
I have also created a web page
where you may make donations by Paypal or credit card. This is more convenient, but a check directly to his lawyer's office will get there quicker.
Just for fun, I've created an added incentive: those who donates $500 or more will receive a bound copy of my Encyclopedia of Spam
. The cost of producing this will be part of my donation to David's defense fund. This book is the source of this blog's logo.
Please give as much as you can.
Labels: legal, Reynolds, Reynolds_v_Falk, Ritz, SLAPP