Last week we found out who Max Powers is. What I thought was going to be a big deal for everyone turned out to be nothing... save for a handful of people who mistakenly thought Max Powers was a part of Forma Group (which he is obviously not).
The few bitter people seem to be fuming about being so wrong and now they want to take it out on poor Max Powers. So angry are some of these people that they are willing to make alliances with their sworn enemies just to make themselves feel better. Read Lionstar's rant HERE.
I get why Abeytia would be mad. Max was hard on him. He attacked his family, job and credibility. Part of me feels bad for Jaime and the other part me realizes that he's 1. a guy who got himself in trouble 2. someone who put himself purposely out in the public domain. It's hard to feel too sorry for him for too long. After all, I've had a lot of headaches over my blog posts, but I caused them by choosing to be out there saying things people didn't/don't like.
In Abeytia's post he's basically begging Four Names Allala to sue Max Powers (actually, to sue the guy behind Max Powers). That's uncool and unethical for one blogger to do to another. Could any one of us get sued by someone? Yes. Have I mentioned to other bloggers that they were setting themselves up for a suit? Yes. I have cheered on someone hoping they'd sue another blogger? No. Even when it comes to Martin Paredes who is a liar paid to slander the enemies of his boss - I wouldn't encourage anyone to sue him. Although, eventually it's going to happen because he's so careless with the truth and he claims he's a legitimate news source.
I was sued once. I actually dared the guy to sue me in an open letter posted to Newspaper Tree. Stuart Leeds had sent me a cease and desist letter about a blog post. He did that because he had no grounds to sue. He had suffered no damages. He merely wanted to scare me (this what lawyers do most of the time). I was not scared. I dared him to sue me and gave him no choice but to do so. The lawsuit was - as many lawyers who reviewed it described - laughable. Even so, I didn't feel great about it. I did have a ton of lawyers volunteering to represent me because of their dislike of who was suing me. I got off easy - the whole thing cost me next to nothing and I have a very interesting deposition in my pocket. The basic facts were that the plaintiff could prove no damages - and that's the most important part. As you can see - the suit was dropped and I continue to blog to this day.
The whole point of that exercise was to get me to stop blogging. Even people who didn't like me or what I had to say thought it was a shot at restricting my free speech. I got a lot of support that read "I hate you, but I will fight for your right to speak freely." Americans, for the most part, get that silencing even one voice could lead to the silencing of their own voice and they don't like that thought.
If Four Names Allala had a cause to sue - she would have done it already. You don't have to know the name of the blogger to file your suit. She's a lawyer and she knows that she would have to prove damages. She knows that she would have to find a person who would stand up in a court of law and say "I don't do business with Four Names Allala because of a blog post written by a guy named Max Powers." Trying to get someone who doesn't like you to testify on your behalf is very hard to pull off.
Lionstar in this case is being an asshole and breaking the unwritten code of bloggers. Sure, he can call Max an asshole etc., but wishing lawsuits on other bloggers is bad sauce. For Jaime to use Four Names Allala in this endeavor is even worse given she was as vicious toward him as Max was.
The bottom line is that Max was clearly satirical and new rules in Texas would protect in from a lawsuit rather efficiently. And let's not forget - a lot of people like Max and he'd probably have free representation, which would negate any effect a plaintiff with no case was trying to cause.
If you have a beef with a blogger you fight words with words. You don't go down the limiting free speech route or introduce prior restraint into what has become the most effective tool for amplifying the little guy's voice.