Back in 2013, we began posting about the defamation lawsuit filed by conservative activist attorney Larry Klayman against then City Pages blogger Aaron Rupar, local cartoonist Ken Avidor and a host of others.
Today, the defendants were granted a summary judgment and the case was closed. We embed the court order below and congratulate Ken Avidor and the rest of the defendants in having this attack on the freedom of the press to report on court proceedings dismissed.
As the Pioneer Press first reported in Florida-based lawyer sues City Pages for defamation:
A Florida lawyer has hit City Pages with a $1.4 million defamation lawsuit for a story last fall that said the lawyer inappropriately touched his children.
Larry Klayman’s lawsuit, announced Monday, March 25, said City Pages sought to hurt the attorney in retaliation for Klayman’s representation of Bradlee Dean, the controversial anti-gay preacher and founder of an Annandale-based group You Can Run But You Cannot Hide.
The City Pages story, which ran Sept. 28 last year, said an appeals court in Ohio had ordered Klayman to pay his ex-wife $325,000 in attorney’s fees, and that the order noted a lower court magistrate had heard evidence of sexual abuse from his children’s pediatrician, who reported it to children’s services, and from a social worker at that agency.
The story said the social worker’s findings were changed to “unsubstantiated,” but the magistrate found that Klayman acted in a “grossly inappropriate manner” with one of his children, although his conduct may not have been sexual….
The wags at Wonkette immediately trolled Klayman with Snipy’s post, In Which Wonkette Tries To Bait Larry Klayman Into Suing Us Also, Too, but to no avail.
[See original court documents on the post at Bluestem Prairie: http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2015/04/court-grants-summary-judgment-for-the-defendants-in-klayman-v-city-pages-et-al.html]