Lomax v. WikimediaFoundation
, the Amended Complaint,
describes what happened, this was an attack on me, personally, and on cold fusion as a topic.
"Cold fusion" is a popular name for what is mostly, so far, a laboratory curiosity, mechanism unknown, but which has potential, if it can be made reliable and controllable, to become a useful and clean source of energy. The WMF has retained Jones Day, the largest legal firm in the U.S., to defend. I filed pro se, so my only significant expenses so far have been the filing fee, and I have already been reimbursed for that by a private donor.
If this case is dismissed through motion, as is not impossible (though unlikely in my opinion), this campaign will be closed and all donations here refunded, per standard GoFundMe policy (I do not know if they deduct a fee to cover their credit card processing.) Funds are needed to cover discovery costs, which can be significant, and, as well, consultation with an attorney is highly desirable, or even possibly representation. I will continue to handle this personally, absent representation if needed, and also may be able to keep such expenses down.
(If the case is dismissed, and depending on the conditions of dismissal, timely appeal may be considered, so campaign closure would be postponed until the time expires or there is an appeal ruling.)This case is challenging the Star Chamber process used by the WMF to handle private complaints, where users are globally banned without warning or explanation, with no appeal allowed or considered, and publication of the bans is defamatory and unnecessary.
Many are likely to be interested in that, entirely aside from opinion about cold fusion.
As well, named defendants pursued an agenda of personal defamation, connected with strong activity suppressing coverage, discussion, and study of cold fusion. The academic freedom of Wikiversity, long-standing, was demolished through this. Many policies were violated.
If the case proceeds, donations will become non-refundable, and any excess funds will go to Infusion Institute, which facilitates journalism and scientific research into cold fusion.
If anyone wishes to make a donation with specific conditions, allowing private refund, contact me directly. Larger donations may also be made directly. I may be contacted through a comment on the case page linked above, with a request for privacy if desired. If the person commenting does not have an established history on that blog, I must approve the comment before it is published. I will have the email entered as part of the comment process and will be able to contact the donor. (That email is not published.)
And thanks to all those who have supported this action, including those who criticized it, because those critiques helped me to write a stronger complaint. It takes a community. . . .