The 'Ryan Kopf is Suing Me' Fund!

Update 7/2016: The Iowa Case was dismissed, but Kopf has refiled in the state of Illinois. Pher and I have launched a new GoFundMe for that case - which you can find here .

So we do a lot of stuff at Nerd & Tie. We’re starting a new convention , produce a podcast , just launched a new show , run panels at conventions, maintain a geek news blog , and provide in-depth coverage about conventions . That last one is a particular point of pride for us, as we do our best to dig for stories most other convention news blogs avoid or don’t take time to investigate. Most of that coverage starts with reader tips sent to us via our contact form or email address. LC CEO Ryan Kopf has apparently taken issue with our coverage of some of his events though, and last week I was served a petition at my home. Ryan Kopf is suing me for defamation in the state of Iowa.

The case (CVCV295431) is specifically about the following two articles:

Ryan Kopf's Anime California Harasses, Threatens Maid Cafe Operators After They Refuse To Sign Over Ownership CEO Ryan Kopf Allegedly Attacks Vendor During MetaCon 2015

Now, I don’t want to discuss details, but I still stand by what I wrote - as do Nick and Pher (who co-created Nerd & Tie with me). I have secured legal counsel, and intend to fight.

But this isn’t going to be cheap for me.

Because of this, I’m launching this GoFundMe campaign to try and cover my legal costs. If you can contribute, please do - as we aren’t exactly a big operation here at Nerd & Tie, and can only continue with the help of people like you.

Right now I’m asking for $3,000 which will cover my initial legal costs (mostly just paying my lawyer - as a hefty retainer was required). I will probably end up needing more, but this is where we’re starting. On the off chance we get lucky and this gets resolved quickly (and I end up needing less), any remaining funds donated through this campaign will go to the Nerd & Tie Expo funds.

So please - contribute if you can, spread this around, and (frankly) wish us luck.

Small Update: People have asked for a copy of the petition, so here it is:

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Trae Dorn
Lafayette, IN

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