If I were a rich man...
On February 8, 2012, future SLAPP Plaintiff Lane Bajardi sent James "Finboy" Barracato, Beth Mason's chief political operative, an email which contained the attachment: "Attorney Intro.doc."
In the email, Bajardi had forwarded his "screen grabs" (of allegedly-defamatory posts) to Beth Mason's henchman for his review ("tell me what you think.") We see that finding an attorney to sue bloggers was a team effort between future-Plaintiff and Beth Mason's operative. In GA's opinion, Bajardi reveals "Ricky and Beth" are silent partners in the SLAPP: "I realize going with an attorney who Ricky and Beth are comfortable with is key."
The Bajardis withheld all financial statements from Defendants after November 2013 when they switched attorneys (Whitney Gibson of Vorys, Seymour, Sater and Pease to Jonathan Cohen). They claimed to owe Vorys $40,000 but produced no attorney invoices or any evidence to prove this was true, in spite of requests for this information.
All of the money to pay legal bills for 3 years and 68 motions had to come from SOMEWHERE...
On March 4, 2012, Lane Bajardi writes to Ricky Mason and Beth Mason (copying "Finboy" Barracato and Kim Cardinal) about "some of the latest rants... designed to incite violence against my family."
Lane Bajardi added that Brice, Lenz, Soares and Pincus (me) are "threatening to send their kids in to assault mine."
This was the Big Pitch to grease Ricky Mason's wallet: "I don't need a million dollar attorney... the time to take legal action is long overdue."
On April 5, 2012, James "Finboy" Barracato suggests an attorney- Karen Desoto, also an MSNBC legal analyst, named in the Hudson Reporter's "Top Most Influential in Hudson County":
On April 30, 2012, Lane Bajardi sends "Finboy" Barracato an email titled "Defamation Award."
Bajardi notes he has "never heard back from Karen" DeSoto. The subject "Defamation Award" is linked: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/anonymous-commenters-slammed-13-million-slander-ruling-article-1.1066731
Anybody think that somebody- or a pair of somebodies- expected a big payday from anonymous commenters and bloggers?
In 2012, the Bajardis refused to withdraw their SLAPP suit; their Ohio dumpster diver told my lawyer they wanted "north of seven figures" to settle.
Dreams of a big payday...