Thursday, August 3, 2017

John Oliver and that Creepy Coal Baron

The guy that's suing John Oliver for his remarks in a piece he did about coal, has prompted a "BRIEF AMICUS CURIAE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF WEST VIRGINIA FOUNDATION IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AND IN SUPPORT OF DISMISSAL AND RULE 11 SANCTIONS".


(Apparently it isn't considered screaming to use all caps in a legal brief.)

This makes for fairly amusing reading.  If you wish to peruse the entire document go HERE.

Here's a sample of what you'll encounter:

A Brief History of Plaintiffs’ Attempts to Chill Speech by Abusing the Legal System.

This case is about Plaintiff Robert E. (“Bob”) Murray not liking a television program and somehow believing that is a legally actionable offense. On June 18, 2017, Defendant Home Box Office, Inc. aired an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” a satirical news program about current events. The main topic discussed in the episode was coal. Apparently because Plaintiffs’ delicate sensibilities were offended, they clutched their pearls and filed this suit. Although this brief pokes fun at the absurdity of this case, the legal issues raised by it are anything but comical. This lawsuit, and Plaintiffs’ frequent attempts to use our legal system to chill speech, threaten the fundamental right of the media to criticize public figures and speak candidly on matters of public concern. Speech on a matter of public concern “occupies the highest rung of the hierarchy of First Amendment values, and is entitled to speech protection.”

Connick v. Myers 461 U.S. 138, 145 (1983). 

If you are unfamiliar with the John Oliver piece that prompted the suit, please watch this video.  It is highly entertaining, as well as quite informative.


Coal: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

We’ve heard a lot of talk about coal miners in the last year, but what are the real issues surrounding coal? John Oliver and a giant squirrel look into it.

Why a coal titan is suing John Oliver for defamation

In a segment on the decline of the coal industry and President Trump’s promises to bring it back, John Oliver railed against the Murray Energy Corporation and chief executive Robert E. Murray. Read the story: http://wapo.st/2rWVsS2. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2qiJ4dy

John Oliver - Coal Lawsuit

From HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
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