The 'Ryan Kopf is Suing Me' Fund!

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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.

AnimeCon.org/Chrono 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

AnimeCon.org 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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So while we got the original case dismissed in Iowa, Ryan Kopf has decided to refile in Illinois.

And we need to raise money all over again.

Since Pher and I are doing this together this time around, we've started a new GoFundMe for the new case https://www.gofundme.com/nerdandtie
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EXCITING NEWS -- Yesterday a Judge ruled on my lawyer's motion to dismiss, and it was granted. It appears that, at least for now, I'm out of the woods.

The case is still active against Pher Sturz (he'll need to file his own motion to dismiss), so things aren't completely over -- but progress has been made!

Thank you all for helping me cover my legal costs. I want you to know how much I appreciate it. It heartens me to know that this community will rally around people when they see a wrong has been done.
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Hey folks, because Pher publicly supported me, it seems Kopf added him to the lawsuit. Right now he needs your money more than I do, and he's set up a GoFundMe of his own. Please consider giving to it -- https://www.gofundme.com/8ar9mv38
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Less than $500 to go to cover my initial costs! Let's do this!
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Kevin Clark
25 months ago
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I attended the first Metacon by Ryan Kopf at the double tree, and it was by far the worst convention I've ever experienced. The dance/rave was forced to turn it's music down around 10-11pm and completely shutdown around midnight because guests were trying to sleep. Karaoke and room parties were shut down for the same reason before midnight on a friday night. I also experienced the most outrageous customer service experience from one of Ryan Kopf's employees over a conversation on facebook where I was wrongfully accused of encouraging ghosting of his cons. The employee "Erica Bleed" banned me and threaten to have the police arrest me if I set foot on hotel property. Then she awkwardly backpedaled when she realized her mistake but never apologized to me or formally unbanned me. I hope you kick his ass in court.

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Scott Meyer
25 months ago

Thanks for uploading the petition you were served. Now that I've read the complaint and all the other related material I know where to stand.

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Lisa Mary
25 months ago

Good luck, Trae. I hope that this ridiculous suit is laughed out of court.

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Shelby Gosa
25 months ago

I know this douchebag personally! I was staff at one of the conventions he ran. He’s a super douchey piece of trash who has cheated on his fiancee more times than I can count, was suspected by authorities of statutory rape (though he was apparently found not-guilty, last I heard), and treats the guests and attendees at his conventions like absolute horseshit. PLEASE take the Kopf menace down! He needs to be put in his place.

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Audrey Mae
25 months ago

I wish I had money to donate. But in reading the documents you provided, I found it interesting that on pages three and four there are grammar and spelling errors (specifically tumblr and the use of the word removed when it should be remove). This guy is trying to be a bully and use scare tactics. Fight the good fight sir! I wish you the best.

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Eevee Faust
25 months ago

Holy hell, he's acting like a child. Always did, really.

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Alex Ramos
25 months ago

So mad. Ryan just needs to retire the scene and hand it over to the respectable members under him that actually deserve leadership.

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Scott Meyer
23 months ago

Congratulations! #MakeRyanDropfAgain

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Kale Miles
25 months ago

The Sith Empire sends it's regards. Expect a donation from me soon.

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Andrew Wurm
24 months ago

I wasn't planning on going to a Ryan Kopf con anyway, if he wants to ban me for life. Regardless of the accusations put forth, I believe my friend deserves a quality defense, and that's why I'm donating what I can.

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Dave Chamberlain
24 months ago

Hang in there!

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$30
Stephen Sawyer
24 months ago

My apologies for being so late on this matter.

$5
Vince Averello
24 months ago

All I can swing today but hope all goes well for you.

$15
Anonymous
24 months ago
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
$13
Cory Haight
25 months ago

Ryan Kock is a joke

Kevin Clark
25 months ago
2
2

I attended the first Metacon by Ryan Kopf at the double tree, and it was by far the worst convention I've ever experienced. The dance/rave was forced to turn it's music down around 10-11pm and completely shutdown around midnight because guests were trying to sleep. Karaoke and room parties were shut down for the same reason before midnight on a friday night. I also experienced the most outrageous customer service experience from one of Ryan Kopf's employees over a conversation on facebook where I was wrongfully accused of encouraging ghosting of his cons. The employee "Erica Bleed" banned me and threaten to have the police arrest me if I set foot on hotel property. Then she awkwardly backpedaled when she realized her mistake but never apologized to me or formally unbanned me. I hope you kick his ass in court.

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Scott Meyer
25 months ago

Thanks for uploading the petition you were served. Now that I've read the complaint and all the other related material I know where to stand.

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Lisa Mary
25 months ago

Good luck, Trae. I hope that this ridiculous suit is laughed out of court.

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Shelby Gosa
25 months ago

I know this douchebag personally! I was staff at one of the conventions he ran. He’s a super douchey piece of trash who has cheated on his fiancee more times than I can count, was suspected by authorities of statutory rape (though he was apparently found not-guilty, last I heard), and treats the guests and attendees at his conventions like absolute horseshit. PLEASE take the Kopf menace down! He needs to be put in his place.

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Audrey Mae
25 months ago

I wish I had money to donate. But in reading the documents you provided, I found it interesting that on pages three and four there are grammar and spelling errors (specifically tumblr and the use of the word removed when it should be remove). This guy is trying to be a bully and use scare tactics. Fight the good fight sir! I wish you the best.

+ Read More
Eevee Faust
25 months ago

Holy hell, he's acting like a child. Always did, really.

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Alex Ramos
25 months ago

So mad. Ryan just needs to retire the scene and hand it over to the respectable members under him that actually deserve leadership.

+ Read More
Scott Meyer
23 months ago

Congratulations! #MakeRyanDropfAgain

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Kale Miles
25 months ago

The Sith Empire sends it's regards. Expect a donation from me soon.

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