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Old 22 June 2017, 10:19 PM
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Glasses Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation

Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a “false and malicious broadcast” last Sunday evening. It's seeking financial damages and a court order barring rebroadcasts of the segment's “defamatory statements.”

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Old 22 June 2017, 11:20 PM
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If HBO can release a documentary critical of Scientology, I don't think their lawyers are going to be fazed by an obvious attempt at a SLAPP lawsuit by a mining company. HBO has deep pockets and would open themselves up to more of the same if they show weakness here, and the case isn't winnable for the plaintiff as long as HBO doesn't flinch and makes them actually go to court. I think someone miscalculated this.
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Old 23 June 2017, 12:00 AM
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I would think the calculation is simple: Let the investors (and potential investors) know you're not going to let it go without a fight. That's all. Whether it works or not is a different question but it's probably nothing about it being winnable in court. (I suppose the same goes for the SLAPP case - just make people think twice before they repeat the same claims. No need to win in court.)
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Old 23 June 2017, 12:40 AM
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I wonder if that's the one company talked about in the segment where John Oliver said that they basically sue anyone who says anything remotely critical about them. Please tell me it's the one where the CEO was inspired by a squirrel.
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Old 23 June 2017, 12:52 AM
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Yes, its the one with the squirrel.

Copyright attorney Leonard French did his livestream covering the suit earlier today where he goes over the whole document.

I don't expect everyone to sit through all 2-and-a-half hours of it, but I'll post it here for reference.



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Old 23 June 2017, 01:18 AM
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Oh, cripes, this dumb butt. I spoke too soon. Yeah, everything Errata said. Delusional SLAPP. But the actual Oliver piece is worth watching if you like Oliver.
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Old 23 June 2017, 06:47 PM
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Yeah, considering that the company sent Oliver a Cease & Desist letter before the segment aired, it definitely seems they have a strategy of trying to scare people into keeping quiet. It's not surprising that Oliver's crew didn't back down, and I doubt HBO is too worried.
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Old 23 June 2017, 07:15 PM
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Murray Energy is headquartered close to me in eastern Ohio. He is a litigious guy, suing EPA over the Clean Energy Plan among other things. The Utah mine disaster may have been initially triggered by an earthquake, but 2 or 3 rescuers, including federal mine people died in a second roof collapse. Mr. Murray cried for the cameras then fought a rear-guard action--he denied that what the miners were doing--which was pillar recovery.
This is one of the more dangerous aspects of room and pillar mining. Continuous mining machines leave a checkerboard of pillars of coal behind. Miners take these pillars and leave the remaining top to fall. (Long wall and short wall machines simply cut the coal, move it out on conveyor belts and let the top fall behind them.) Companies do this at the end of a mine's productive life to get the last dollar out of their investment.
Murray has also sued gas drilling companies because of fracking operations near his mines. This guy closed a local mine in 2012, supposedly because of "Obama's war on coal." He reopened it four months later. He is a bully and so fits in well with the current Washington powers-that-be. Doesn't always judge the political climate well--he did a big ($5000 a plate) fundraiser for Ted Cruz and then turned around and did one for Trump a few months later.
I hope HBO kicks his butt, he is public figure who cannot be defamed in a meaningful way.

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To quote Matewan, I wouldn't piss on him if his heart was on fire.
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Great movie. (And one of my favorite lines.)
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Yeah, considering that the company sent Oliver a Cease & Desist letter before the segment aired, it definitely seems they have a strategy of trying to scare people into keeping quiet. It's not surprising that Oliver's crew didn't back down, and I doubt HBO is too worried.
I am so hoping and praying for the Streisand Effect to work its magic.
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John Oliver essentially dared Murray to sue. There will be a lot of comic material in this court case. And John went to great lengths to say that The John Oliver show and it's producers did not believe the squirrel story was true.
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Last night, Oliver mentioned the suit but on advice of show's attorneys could not go into any detail. He promised we'd hear all about it when the time was appropriate (including, of course, any consequences for Mr. Nutterbutter).
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Great movie. (And one of my favorite lines.)
Seemed a fitting source, too.
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In that spirit, maybe Murray can go by the nickname "Few Brains."
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