Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author
Ellora’s Cave has filed suit in Summit County Ohio against Dear Author and me personally for the blog post here recounting the problems that others have discussed publicly about the company. EC is seeking injunctive relief (which I presume means I stop blogging about them), monetary damages in excess of $25,000 for harming their business, and identity of commenters.
I’m going to fight this and am in contact with attorneys in Ohio already. Ohio does not, unfortunately, have an anti-SLAPP statute. Only about half the states do. These statutes allow quick disposal of frivolous defamation cases and award attorney’s fees.
Most states, Ohio included, operate under the American Rule, which means attorney’s fees are not awarded to a defendant even if they prevail. Many emails have been sent asking about a legal fund. I woke up to a tremendous outpouring of support. Those authors who are gleeful that I was sued, I can only say best wishes to you.
For the most part, though, everyone has been amazing. While I don’t want to spend my savings on legal bills, I believe strongly in the pursuit of truth. Unfortunately because I’m involved in the suit, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to analyze it or provide commentary but I’ll provide status updates as best I can.
Again, from the bottom of my heart, I really thank everyone for the support. It means so much.