I wasn't going to post about this. But as long as I'm going down, I may as well go down in flames . . .
Let me bring you up to date. For the past way-too-many hours, a man from Europe who claims to have lawyers all over the world (including Florida) has been trying to get me to remove this innocuous post from my blawg. The post, which was about the Talking Heads, included a federal criminal court decision in which the man's name was mentioned. A few weeks later, thanks to the power of Google on the steroids of blogs, Internet searches for the man's name began to return my post--with its references to the man in the text of the criminal case. This he doesn't like.
Well . . . This is only a blawg, and I certainly have no desire to upset this man, his family, or his business associates. As a gesture of goodwill, I said I would remove his name from the post by using a "T----- P-----"-style formulation. I asked him to have his Florida lawyers contact me so that I could get him to sign a release. The release is necessary because he's threatening to sue me--although I am confident my use of a court case that appears in every law library in the country, not to mention LexisNexis and other databases, is entirely appropriate. The man's real beef should be with the David Byrne-infatuated law clerk who wrote the goofy opinion.
Anyway, at this point in the story our negotiations broke down. It seems the man was bluffing just a little and has no U.S. attorneys, not in Florida, New York City, or even Madison County, Illinois. Instead, he directed me to a German law firm. I'm still waiting to hear back, having told the man after he said his attorneys were working on this matter that I could ethically speak to him only through them.
So now, I wait. I haven't been this disturbed since Washington Mutual began losing my mortgage payments and sent me a "Notice of Foreclosure." Perhaps I'd better get busy assembling my defense team--which is the subject of my next post.