Fundraiser for WeatherNJ Legal Fees

$15,037 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 549 people in 46 months
Hello. My name is Jonathan Carr, the founder of Weather NJ, formerly Severe NJ Weather.  Because of my passion for meteorology, I began a Facebook page to bring public safety awareness regarding weather events to my community.  For almost 6 years now, I have built a Facebook following of 204 thousand individuals.  Even as professional opportunities have come my way, I have always described myself as a civilian weather enthusiast and amateur forecaster.  My community knows me as JC.

My Facebook page has been used as a platform for public safety and a fun place to talk about weather as well as bettering my community through charitable causes.  So I want to apologize for bringing this matter to you.  However, I was recently served with a civil lawsuit by Weatherboy Weather.  Under the Federal District Court of New Jersey, Weatherboy Weather is seeking damages in excess of $150,000 for defamation.

As my attempts to resolve this matter privately were unsuccessful, it looks as though I will have to defend myself in court. I'd like to be able to say that I can afford this on my own.  After financial hardships resulting from a major relocation and my wife being sick, I simply cannot.

The greatest thing about everything I've worked so hard to create and achieve is you, the followers, and that’s why I am reaching out. If each of my followers contributed even a small amount, I would have enough to fund at least a retainer. These kind of defenses can end up costing over $50,000. A donation to this campaign and a share on social media will help protect me and my family as well as the Weather NJ organization.

All funds collected will go towards this lawsuit.  Any remaining money will be donated to a charity chosen by you.

I appreciate any donations that can help keep Weather NJ alive.  I thank you for your time and, as always, be safe.
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Update on Weatherboy Lawsuit

As many of you know, in 2015 Weatherboy Weather sued me in Federal Court alleging defamation and violations of the Federal Lanham Act. I am pleased to report that the lawsuit has been thrown out of court. On May 31, 2019, the Court granted my motion for summary judgment on all counts. The Judge has issued a lengthy written opinion explaining his decision, but for now that opinion is under seal, so I cannot share it with you. The Judge has indicated that he may unseal the decision in the near future.

Simply put, this is a complete victory on all counts.

As you may recall, I also filed a counterclaim against the Weatherboy because he sued me. The Judge has not made any decision on my counterclaim yet.

I appreciate all of the support I have received from my loyal followers—particularly those of you that donated to my litigation fund when the lawsuit was first filed. All of you helped shed a bright light on the lives of my wife and I as we expect our baby girl’s arrival this August. I also want to thank my attorneys Anthony Argiropoulos and Tom Kane of the firm Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. for all of their hard work, knowledge, and legal talent. I am honored to have such amazing and awesome people in my life. Thanks again and as always, be safe! JC
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Many of you have inquired about the Weatherboy Lawsuit. The litigation is still pending and therefore I cannot comment on the case. However, here is the latest brief filed yesterday by my attorneys, Anthony Argiropoulos and Tom Kane of Epstein Becker & Green in the US Federal District Court of New Jersey. It is a motion for summary judgement which would dismiss Weatherboy's claim if granted. Thank you all so much for the support over the years with this very difficult time of my life. You have no idea how much you have helped me! Be safe! JC

http://www.weathernj.com/weatherboy-lawsuit-update/
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Just wanted to update everyone. The litigation is still in process and therefore I cannot discuss the details of the case. I will however update this GoFundme campaign as soon as I am legally allowed to do so. Thanks again for your support, patience and understanding. Be safe! JC
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GoFundMe Success! I'm happy to report that I've obtained legal representation from the Epstein Becker & Green law firm. Every donation, share, and kind word said have contributed to this being possible. Every single ounce! I cannot thank you all enough for such overwhelming, amazing an humbling support! You have no idea how grateful I am for this. I'll keep you updated on the lawsuit with as much information as I possibly can. Be safe! JC
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Kathleen Fahey Bacon
46 months ago
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Check the comments under your post. A lawyer named John Paragano has offered to help!

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Michael Lindner Jr
46 months ago
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If you don't have legal help yet, give me a call 856-956-5650 - Lindner Law Pitman NJ

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Deborah Debby
46 months ago
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For those that are wondering why JC is looking for help. Weather BOY made numerous snarky comments at JC. After awhile JC pointed out a few of Weather boy's errors, also pointed out that weather boy drops nasty comments but then hides under different names. Blah blah blah.....weather boy didn't like being called out so he filed suit against JC for defamation of character in the amount of 150k!!!! If everyone who benefited from any of NJ Weather postings/warnings/info etc makes a one time donation of $5, it will really help cover his legal fees. JC has always been here for us 100%, lets help him out!!!!

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Jean Helen Piscopo
46 months ago
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Jonathan, how are they saying you defamed them? By giving accurate forecasts? Unbelievable..... good luck. I will spread the word and hopefully a lawyer will come forward to help you.

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William Jouvin Jr.
46 months ago
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There's got to be a lawyer among ur followers who believe Tht not to say pro bono but can help uounlokebyou may have helped them as soon as I get paidvfriday u will receive a donation from a loyal follower and believed in u

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Manuel Couto
38 months ago
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Jonathan, just a note to say hello, and I hope all is going well. Still have you as one of the top posts on my FB page..thank you

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Gene Spaeth
46 months ago
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What does the lawsuit involve?

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Kristen Najmola
46 months ago

I need to know more about the suit before I am willing to commit funds Can you elaborate please

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David
2 months ago

Congratulations JC.! Sorry you had to endure this BS. All the best wishes for you and your family as you breathe easier and can go forward with your passion for weather.

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Elaine
2 months ago

WOO-HOO !!! So glad for you and your family!!! Hey are all your followers having a baby shower for your new arrival. If they are you may never have to buy that little girl anything!!!

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Elaine Schwerin
17 months ago

so glad you got the money you needed..we can't let anybody hurt you JC!!!

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Laura Fantozzi Walsh
17 months ago

Curious to know if you updated the result of this Gofundme and and the legal proceedings brought against you?

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Renee Lee
46 months ago

you have helped us tremendously..wth???

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Tammy Rigling
46 months ago

My heart breaks that this is happening to you. Of all people, YOU have always been here for us here in New Jersey. You have never steered us wrong..and 'if' you did, it was not like you had control over the weather, but you kept us informed of the why's and why nots! Read these comments...there are a few Lawyers who are willing to stand for you where we are unable as a community that follows you. The best I can do is pray. I know this man that is seeking damages has defamed your name multiple times, yet how he can blame you is beyond me. I'm sure God has your back in this. May you and your wife get through this as warriors as you have helped us. Thank you and Don't Give Up! Loyally yours, Tammy

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Linda Esrich Mattison
46 months ago

So sorry to hear of this frivolous suit that wastes yourr time and money. Have you asked for a "pro bono" lawyer possibly amongst your followers? Good luck and keep up the great work!

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Christina Miller
46 months ago

This is ridiculous. Sorry it is happening. I have been following you since I lived in Florida and my family was threatened by Sandy. I have since moved back to NJ and will continue to follow your forecasts. Hope all goes well with this!

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Christina Miller
46 months ago

This is ridiculous. Sorry it is happening. I have been following you since I was living in Florida and my family was threatened by Sandy. I've since moved back to NJ and will continue to follow your forecasts. Hope this ends well for you!

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John Lauria
46 months ago

Good luck JC. I snow plow in the winter in Toms River and before every storm I make sure I read your post. Hopefully everything works out for you and your family. Thanks again.

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Nancy Harper-Johnson
46 months ago

WOW your almost there JC. Bet you Weatherbaby couldn't get this kind of love from his followers. I made my donation already. I know everything will work out fine for you. Keep your head up ;o)

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JM
$10
Joanna Mieso
15 months ago
AS
$25
Andy Schmitt
46 months ago

Keep up the great work

$10
Anonymous
46 months ago
HS
$10
Howard Seidman
46 months ago

What a shame this suit has come about. My hope is that you win and counter sue Weather Wussy for all he's worth.

$25
Anonymous
46 months ago
$20
Anonymous
46 months ago
CM
$25
Cindy Meyer
46 months ago

Good luck. I hope the judge awards you damages, fees, & pain & suffering compensation

KE
$25
Kathleen Eldridge
46 months ago
$25
Anonymous
46 months ago
$25
Anonymous
46 months ago
Kathleen Fahey Bacon
46 months ago
9
9

Check the comments under your post. A lawyer named John Paragano has offered to help!

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Michael Lindner Jr
46 months ago
4
4

If you don't have legal help yet, give me a call 856-956-5650 - Lindner Law Pitman NJ

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Deborah Debby
46 months ago
3
3

For those that are wondering why JC is looking for help. Weather BOY made numerous snarky comments at JC. After awhile JC pointed out a few of Weather boy's errors, also pointed out that weather boy drops nasty comments but then hides under different names. Blah blah blah.....weather boy didn't like being called out so he filed suit against JC for defamation of character in the amount of 150k!!!! If everyone who benefited from any of NJ Weather postings/warnings/info etc makes a one time donation of $5, it will really help cover his legal fees. JC has always been here for us 100%, lets help him out!!!!

+ Read More
Jean Helen Piscopo
46 months ago
2
2

Jonathan, how are they saying you defamed them? By giving accurate forecasts? Unbelievable..... good luck. I will spread the word and hopefully a lawyer will come forward to help you.

+ Read More
William Jouvin Jr.
46 months ago
2
2

There's got to be a lawyer among ur followers who believe Tht not to say pro bono but can help uounlokebyou may have helped them as soon as I get paidvfriday u will receive a donation from a loyal follower and believed in u

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Manuel Couto
38 months ago
1
1

Jonathan, just a note to say hello, and I hope all is going well. Still have you as one of the top posts on my FB page..thank you

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Gene Spaeth
46 months ago
1
1

What does the lawsuit involve?

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Kristen Najmola
46 months ago

I need to know more about the suit before I am willing to commit funds Can you elaborate please

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David
2 months ago

Congratulations JC.! Sorry you had to endure this BS. All the best wishes for you and your family as you breathe easier and can go forward with your passion for weather.

+ Read More
Elaine
2 months ago

WOO-HOO !!! So glad for you and your family!!! Hey are all your followers having a baby shower for your new arrival. If they are you may never have to buy that little girl anything!!!

+ Read More
Elaine Schwerin
17 months ago

so glad you got the money you needed..we can't let anybody hurt you JC!!!

+ Read More
Laura Fantozzi Walsh
17 months ago

Curious to know if you updated the result of this Gofundme and and the legal proceedings brought against you?

+ Read More
Renee Lee
46 months ago

you have helped us tremendously..wth???

+ Read More
Tammy Rigling
46 months ago

My heart breaks that this is happening to you. Of all people, YOU have always been here for us here in New Jersey. You have never steered us wrong..and 'if' you did, it was not like you had control over the weather, but you kept us informed of the why's and why nots! Read these comments...there are a few Lawyers who are willing to stand for you where we are unable as a community that follows you. The best I can do is pray. I know this man that is seeking damages has defamed your name multiple times, yet how he can blame you is beyond me. I'm sure God has your back in this. May you and your wife get through this as warriors as you have helped us. Thank you and Don't Give Up! Loyally yours, Tammy

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Linda Esrich Mattison
46 months ago

So sorry to hear of this frivolous suit that wastes yourr time and money. Have you asked for a "pro bono" lawyer possibly amongst your followers? Good luck and keep up the great work!

+ Read More
Christina Miller
46 months ago

This is ridiculous. Sorry it is happening. I have been following you since I lived in Florida and my family was threatened by Sandy. I have since moved back to NJ and will continue to follow your forecasts. Hope all goes well with this!

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Christina Miller
46 months ago

This is ridiculous. Sorry it is happening. I have been following you since I was living in Florida and my family was threatened by Sandy. I've since moved back to NJ and will continue to follow your forecasts. Hope this ends well for you!

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John Lauria
46 months ago

Good luck JC. I snow plow in the winter in Toms River and before every storm I make sure I read your post. Hopefully everything works out for you and your family. Thanks again.

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Nancy Harper-Johnson
46 months ago

WOW your almost there JC. Bet you Weatherbaby couldn't get this kind of love from his followers. I made my donation already. I know everything will work out fine for you. Keep your head up ;o)

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