Kotaku Suit Goes Bye-Bye Over Thompson Screw-up

April 27, 2007 -
So, how's that Law 101 class going?

Federal District Court Judge Paul Huck has dismissed a complaint filed Wednesday against Gawker Media, parent company of the popular Kotaku game blog. In his ruling, Judge Huck wrote that controversial attorney Jack Thompson had failed to follow the proper federal court procedure for amending a complaint.

For his part, Thompson admits his mistake and pleads ignorance (we'll buy that), citing distractions he says were caused by the Florida Bar and an unnamed game website which published his home address and phone number.

Thompson vowed to the Court that he will re-file the Kotaku complaint, this time in accordance with the rules.

NOTE: Originally posted Thursday night, but bumped into Friday's coverage due to the high level of interest in this case.

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oops! sorry about that, I copied and pasted the same sensitive info that the other guy might get in trouble for. total brain fart. apologies.

Hey, does anyone have a link to the posts JT has made as comments on here, Kotaku and anywhere else (joystiq etc). I'd like to read what he's written in response.

Cheers.

I'm wondering what types of videogame the VT shooter was playing. Were they all violent or were they mixed? Does anyone really know for sure?

Also from the $3k-net-profit-per-session "debate" tour he runs.

It would be interesting to know where John Bruce Thompson's income comes from that allows him to keep being a nuisance.

If memory serves, his wife.

@cullarn, just repeat after me:

"I'm not responcabel fer my comuter's spleling errnors."

you know if he he used the "my wife was haviung surgery" excuse it would have gotten him alot farther with the judge probably

no i cant spell having

Point of Information: Jack has his personal contact info on all of his press releases and court filings.

Hypothesis: Gamers can't possibly read or comprehend those complex documents, because their minds are so rotted and/or brainwashed by playing video games.

Conclusion: Gamers must have gotten his personal contact information from "teh intarnet".


DUH!


=D

"...citing distractions he says were caused by the Florida Bar and an unnamed game website which published his home address and phone number."
You forgot the 'my wife is having surgery' excuse too.
Doesn't he normally put his address and contact info in all these lawsuits he files? There's a solution to your problem, stop issuing so damn many.

Once again, nothing says failure like Jack Thompson.

It was in the New-York Times. It was something along the lines of "His parents hoped he would spend less time playing videogames and basketball alone while in college". His "bad habit" was playing videogames alone but also playing basketball alone.

In his paperwork in this lawsuit, JT mentioned that the parents of the VT shooter sent him away to college in hopes of curbing a gaming habit. Does anyone have a source on this? I can't seem to find a valid non-JT soure for this claim anywhere...

@Jabrwock: "Considering JT failed the bar exam his first time around (his own admission, in his explosive tell-all bio!), I’m betting old JT needs a refresher course in lawsuit writing."

Actually, failing the bar the first time around is very common... there are many people who are now high-power, successful lawyers who failed the bar MORE than once before passing. It's a rough test.

Well, some versions of the Bar are. I've heard that there's a "multi-state" version of the Bar that is the minimum requirement for practice in about 20 states (hence the "multi-state" name) that is notably easier than any state-specific Bar exam.

@Kungfu-Tse: "Any how did he manage to pass law school in the first place?"

Well, Law School can be fairly easy if you have the right mindset for it. It's lots and lots of rote memorization. The hard part of it is that it's stressful, because they're cramming a LOT of information into you all at once. And it's not like you can be forcibly washed out of law school - you can, if you want, keep trying until you pass.

@ Jack Thompson, if you read this: If video games were the murder simulators you're trying to make them out to be, how come none of us pissed-off video game players has ever made an assassination attempt on your life? Give us a little credit for being rational...

CivPro for the win.

@Game Politics;

Since when is his office number personal information? That's the heart of the one claim he makes that can be taken even semi seriously. It's been debated for a long, long time. It's ok for him to throw it up on every communication he has in public but then cry when someone else does it? Do we have to say "Oh, we can't post his office phone number here, but look, this document he wrote has that on it." Asinine.

I'm not at all surprised he can't even file a legal document properly.

Long ago, I thought Jack Thompson was a lawyer, but then I started reading GamePolitics and realized he's really just a sad little internet troll.

Thanks again, GP!

Sorry for the double post but had to add this from the article:

"Vengeful stalker. This type of person is angry with the victim due to some real or imagined insult or injury. Some of these stalkers are psychopaths -- a person affected with an antisocial personality disorder -- who have no conscience or remorse. They may have paranoid delusions, often feeling that they themselves are victims and are striving to get even"

I just read an article on trolls and cyberstalkers on ComputerWorld.com. This article in thier description of cyberstalkers basicaly described JT:

"they're basically characterized by a continuing pattern of communication that the recipient considers to be offensive. Other common traits of cyberstalkers are malice, premeditation, repetition, distress to the victim, an obsession on the part of the stalker, seeking of revenge, threats that make victims fear for their physical safety and disregarded warnings to stop."

the full article can be found here:

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&...

If you follow Massacre Chaser's logic, he may be the bravest individual on the planet. I mean, if I truly thought that violent games turned people into maniacal killers, I sure wouldn't be revolving my life around pissing millions of them off on a daily basis...maybe he really WANTS to die after all! *shudder*

Actually, now that I think about it, martyrdom may be the closest thing to success he can achieve at this point.

what type of person his age goes around reading comments from game sites to begin with? and he claims gamers dont have lives.....hahaha right.

"If he would just learn not to put his address and phone number on letters that are open to the public he wouldn’t have a problem."

He's done that numerous times before. It's called baiting. His logic is that we will call him and email him with numerous death threats and hopefully land 90% of us in jail.

Quick, send this guy a copy of Phoenix Wright so he can train to be a real lawyer.

He's purposely posted his phjne number abd information many times before. He really loves getting harassed. Just look at what he sjd here. He used it as an excuse for his poor filing of a complaint. Being harassed is useful to him. He always plays the victim, like a coward.

smart move jacko, but it is unwise to try and bring it up again for you will lose. everything on kotaku is trueful,and kotaku will not censor their readers because they made fun of you.

I'm sure someone might be able to dig this out but I'm positive there was a guy a few years back who was banned from suing people after a large number of failed / stupid attempts..

AnonymousCoward Says:
April 27th, 2007 at 5:06 am
what is with this email log between [JBT] and Jason Della Rocca

Wow, Jack just turns at the end of that, doesn't he? He seems fairly civil when he thinks he's going to get three grand for the evening, but as soon as Della Rocca says he'd rather not do it for money JBT starts accusing him, almost, of murdering kids.

Blah, that figures, jdmdsp911 already linked it.

Speaking of Jack and that wonderful new term to describe his actions... Hello, what is with this email log between him and Jason Della Rocca now being the first google link for that term?

Hummm, someone sure wants things handled through agents and have only a pay for debate...

Funny, I think it was a year or so ago when he had no such problem with one against Tom Buscaglia being hosted at his local church, but he eventually did decided not to do it...

Jack Thompson said "Home Address" when he meant "Email Address". Or....HE IS ACTUALLY AN AI WHO LIVES ON THE INTERNET AND INHABITS A PHYSICAL FORM BY DAY!

That makes a lot of sense, he wants to get rid of video games so he can sap precious clock cycles from PCs which currently use thier computing power for gaming, he can send 10 million emails a day because he is sending them from within the internet.

[...] So we told you earlier that Jack Thompson lost his mind and added Gawker Media, parent company of Kotaku.com, to his latest series of lawsuits. Yes I know Jack losing it is old news but bare with me. Well as quickly as it began, it’s all over, as soon-to-be-sued Florida District Court Judge Paul Huck has tossed the case. What’s interesting is that the case wasn’t dismissed based on its content, but rather on Jack’s inability to follow filing procedures. [...]

I found where the user trying to harass Jacko is. On Jason's blog, a user with a lengthy comment: (from page http://www.realitypanic.com/archives/301 )

Peter Pascoal Says: [...] [...] "Debate, Mr. Thompson, debate. Stop putting your mouth where others’ money is. Stop hiding behind false accusations and misinformation. Either debate or be quiet, as quiet as the mainstream media who doesn’t bother to research you or your claims.

Contact Jack Thompson at XXX-XXX-XXXX to see if he’ll grow a backbone. "

Sounds like a likely culprit for Jack's amendment to the complaint.

Edited by GP: Don't post personal information on GamePolitics

Any how did he manage to pass law school in the first place?

"bumped into Friday’s coverage due to the high level of interest in this case."

...O RLY?

Admit it GP, you just wanted to rub it in Thompson's face a little more.
;)

we hunger for that kind of story. can't wait until season 4.

He should learn from Dustin Diamond's brother and his band.

Cause...

BEASTIE BOYS NEVER LET THE SUIT...

DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROP!

:D

~Otaku-Man

"A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, and an idiot for a lawyer."

"Ignorance of the law does not excuse."

Two of the most common proverbs of the legal profession. Hell, the second isn't so much a proverb as what courts will actually say to you.

I can't believe his excuse is "Oops, I was distracted." That is just too weak for words. You are a LAWYER, Laddy Jack. And you are too DISTRACTED to practice law properly? Why, pray tell, would anyone want to hire you, or work with you?

Jack Thompson sues Gawker Media...

According to a News blog entry over at CNET News Jack Thompson is suing Gawker Media over comments on blog entries at Kotaku. This guy apparently has some issues with blog readers exercising their right of free expression. I really don’t see ho...

Man, just read through the letter. Great legal language in there, huh? I'm geussing that when they were handing out "tact", he thought they said "fact" and said "No thanks, I'll just make it all up as I go."

Vince Desi said it best:

Quote:

I checked the videos

While the subject matter is serious and concerning on many levels, the
problem with JT is he's boring, hes a complainer, he seems to be getting
older and tired, I liked him better when he was more animated.

As for the statements and exchange, I think he actually did better than
the so called interviewers/journalists - Has Chris Matthews had an
original thought in the past 5 years? And the other guys, did they
really go to college to learn journalism?

I did learn something - I really never thought of POSTAL as a murder
simulator, clearly the problem is context, what would POSTAL be called
if all you seen was a hammer in a cows ass, or a cop puking from eating
a donut, or Champ running around with heads for bones???
Vince Desi

Running With Scissors
www.gopostal.com

haha I knew it. Loser.

I'm guessing this is the 'unnamed game web site':

http://www.realitypanic.com/archives/300

Let me just say that practically EVERY law students learns the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in first-year Civil Procedure and knows that a plaintiff can amend his/her complaint ONCE as a matter of right. I'll have to look it up, but I sincerely doubt the Florida state rules deviate too much from that long-standing rule.

I'm pretty sure he's also breaking the rules, despite his ham-fisted explanation, by not attaching at least a draft of the proposed amended complaint to his motion to amend.

Scratch that. Jason only included a phone number and email address.

"Must... file... lawsuit... can't... resist."

dumbass.

If he would just learn not to put his address and phone number on letters that are open to the public he wouldn't have a problem. Does it belong to common knowledge now because it was in several open letters by him?

This would be one reason why they always say that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, no? Even the best lawyer (and I'm not saying Jack is the best, worst, or otherwise) acting on behalf of self is probably more likely to make clerical/procedural errors when the whole thing is so personal. As such, I -almost- feel sorry for him.

/devil's advocate

ROFL.

This was dismissed even sooner than I'd expected!

And pretty much everyone of his failures can be chalked up to 'ignorance' because he's completely ignorant regarding pretty much everything.

upgray3dd: seconded.

I'm willing to accept that there may be a legal requirement for him to include full contact details at the end of court documents, but that doesn't absolve him of the responsibilty that comes with leaving it attached to all the PDFs he feels the need to spam the games media with.

/b
 
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