The Ryan Kopf's Suing Me AGAIN Fund

$1,505 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 8 months
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The Short Version:

I run a geek news site called Nerd & Tie which partially focuses on convention news. Over the last few years I've covered a few stories about Convention organizer Ryan Kopf (who runs half a dozen events in the midwest and is involved in a few others) which weren't all that flattering.

At the end of last year, Mr. Kopf decided to sue me for defamation.

He filed that first suit in the state of Iowa, and I successfully got it dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. Rather than let the bad PR die down though, he decided to refile the case in Illinois at the end of June.

I stand behind what I wrote (and you can find links to the articles along with a link to the petition Kopf filed in the "Long Version"), but mounting a legal defense is expensive, so I'm attempting to raise funds to pay for it.

Any help would be appreciated.

The Long Version (with links):

We do a lot of stuff at Nerd & Tie . We produce a podcast, are helping start a new convention , and provide in-depth coverage of the con scene. That last bit is one of the things we’re most proud of, but is also what’s led to some of our biggest headaches.

As those of you who follow this site may be aware, for the first half of 2016 I found myself fighting a lawsuit AnimeCon.org/Chrono LC CEO Ryan Kopf filed against me in the state of Iowa. It was over some of the coverage of his events I've written over the last couple of years (mostly these  two articles). He later amended the suit to include Nerd & Tie co-creator and contributor Pher Sturz.

It should be noted that Pher was added to that suit solely because of posts made on his personal Facebook page in support of me.

Eventually things ended, with the case against myself and Pher Sturz being dismissed on jurisdictional grounds . We had hoped that would be the end of this situation, but unfortunately rather than take the minor PR hit and move on, Mr. Kopf has decided to keep this going.

Late last week both Pher Sturz and I were served once again.

You see, Ryan Kopf has had his attorneys refile the case in the state of Illinois in late June. You can read the new petition (2016-M3-003898) here (Update: the petition has been amended ), but it is almost identical to the amended petition filed in the Iowa case. Pher and I are both named, along with Nerd & Tie itself (although that last bit is less important as Nerd & Tie is not its own legal entity — as I am the sole legal owner of the site).

Now, as I said last time, I don’t want to discuss details, but I still stand by what I wrote.

Unfortunately though, legal fees and lawyers are not exactly cheap, and we expect costs to be much higher this time around. So while we hate to do it, we're asking for your help again.

All funds raised through this campaign will go towards paying our lawyer and covering legal fees. We're asking for $6,000 right now, although we may need more down the road. I know it's a lot of money, but theres a good chance this case is going to drag out longer than the last one.

Honestly we appreciate any help you can give us.

(As GoFundMe requires we list where any excess funds end up going, if there are any left we will put them towards future Nerd & Tie Expos)
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Update 13
Posted by Trae Dorn
2 months ago
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RIght now we're at a combined total of $2,428, but it's imperative we hit at least $5,000. If you can give even a little, it would mean a lot.

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Update 12
Posted by Trae Dorn
3 months ago
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Our new combined total is $2,338! It's exciting, but we need to keep this going. Please give if you can.
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Update 11
Posted by Trae Dorn
3 months ago
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We're at a combined total of $2,288! We have a long way to go, but let's keep this momentum going!
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Update 10
Posted by Trae Dorn
3 months ago
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So we just got the case transferred to another court, but because of that it means the whole thing is going to drag on even longer (well into the spring).

Right now we've raised $2148 (and I'm grateful to everyone who has donated), but it's nowhere near what we need. It is vital we get to at least $5000. Even if you can only give a few dollars, it'd be massively appreciated.
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Edd Flammer
8 months ago
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Lookup popehat.com they do a lot of writing on SLAPP laws and have even been known to help get some pro-bono supprt her and there

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Pandora Wilde
8 months ago
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Diana's right--I did read thru some info on SLAPP and the laws against it and this one's hitting the requirements very squarely. I'm hoping to contribute soon, but do have your lawyer check this and ask for the proof that there's been any harm done by the articles--he's claiming it so he has to demonstrate it. I'm sure your lawyer knows more than I do but sometimes a suggestion brings out a lot of better ones.

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Diana Lundberg
8 months ago
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IIRC, our lovely state of Illinois has anti-SLAPP laws! That could potentially beat him back.

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Christina Turley
2 months ago

I would check with your home or renters insurance. Sometimes your liability will cover lawsuits like this. (And if not maybe shop around in case they just change states on you again after this one)

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$1,505 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 8 months
Created July 5, 2016
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Anonymous
2 months ago
MB
$10
Michelle Brown
2 months ago
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marilyn dorn
2 months ago

Good luck! : )

$5
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2 months ago
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Dave Schrader
2 months ago
$50
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2 months ago
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Alicia Pamperin
2 months ago
$5
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2 months ago
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Mordion Gall
2 months ago
$10
Nick Iannone
3 months ago

Because Ryan Kopf is a tool, and can feel free to ban me from his conventions.

Edd Flammer
8 months ago
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Lookup popehat.com they do a lot of writing on SLAPP laws and have even been known to help get some pro-bono supprt her and there

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Pandora Wilde
8 months ago
1
1

Diana's right--I did read thru some info on SLAPP and the laws against it and this one's hitting the requirements very squarely. I'm hoping to contribute soon, but do have your lawyer check this and ask for the proof that there's been any harm done by the articles--he's claiming it so he has to demonstrate it. I'm sure your lawyer knows more than I do but sometimes a suggestion brings out a lot of better ones.

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Diana Lundberg
8 months ago
1
1

IIRC, our lovely state of Illinois has anti-SLAPP laws! That could potentially beat him back.

+ Read More
Christina Turley
2 months ago

I would check with your home or renters insurance. Sometimes your liability will cover lawsuits like this. (And if not maybe shop around in case they just change states on you again after this one)

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