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Google sued as PetsWarehouse Lawsuit Continues.

CmdrTaco posted about 12 years ago | from the strange-gets-stranger dept.

Censorship 988

Ikari Gendou writes "In April, Slashdot reported that Robert Novak, owner of Internet pet store Pets Warehouse filed a $15,000,000US lawsuit against several individuals who made comments about his company's poor service on an Internet mailing list. Also named in it and in the suit that followed were the owner of the mailing list, the owners of several informational sites about the lawsuit, the owners of other forums where the lawsuit was discussed, the attorney for the defense, and several sites that merely ran banner ads promoting the defense fund set up for the lawsuit. Some defendents settled out of fear, and were forced to pay cash, transfer their personal domain names to Novak, or even run banner ads for Petswarehouse on their websites. Now, the attorney for the defense has announced that in round three of the lawsuit, Google has been sued, as well as several other sites that have carried news about the lawsuit, such as search engine and pet stores and Robert Novak is representing himself in this lawsuit, and thus it is effectively costing him nothing to persue this campaign of harassment. He's already gotten several thousand dollars from settlements and cost the defendents considerably more than that in legal fees. More details should be posted soon here, including court documents that tell why Google was added to the suit."

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IMPORTANT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380732)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality,' which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to pedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

  • Linus Torvalds [] is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
  • Richard M. Stallman [] , spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
  • Alan Cox [] is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [] , which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [] on leftist commie propaganda site as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [] slut [] !

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [] . To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [] terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual [] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [] distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual [] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals [] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, [] an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [] , glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [] 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual [] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [] is secret homo [] slang for the tip of a penis [] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously /anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no /opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherit gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot [] ' originally referred to a homosexual [] practice. Slashdot [] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals [] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, [] .

The editors of Slashdot [] also have homosexual [] names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [] . (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis [] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [] runs on Apache!

The Apache [] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [] is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'


What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [] -calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus [] , Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [] .

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [] .

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h [] , Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 [] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [] . Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man [] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee [] , Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl [] is that it contains hidden homosexual [] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual [] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP [] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase [] , Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual [] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [] 's work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [] . Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [] .

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [] tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [] , which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [] . You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [] (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [] , but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of 'Source Control' unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like 'Sauce Control,' which is a description of the homosexual [] practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And 'Open Sauce' is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, 'Closed Sauce' is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

Contributors: (although not to the eternal game of 'soggy biscuit' that open 'sauce' development has become) Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, phee, Anonymous Coward, mighty jebus, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, double_h, Anonymous Coward, Eimernase, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward. Further contributions are welcome.

Current changes: This version sent to FreeWIPO [] by 'Bring BackATV' as plain text. Reformatted everything, added all links back in (that we could match from the previous version), many new ones (Slashbot bait links). Even more spelling fixed. Who wrote this thing, CmdrTaco himself?

Previous changes: Yet more changes added. Spelling fixed. Feedback added. Explanation of 'distro' system. 'Mount Point' syntax described. More filth regarding `man` and Slashdot. Yet more fucking spelling fixed. 'Fetchmail' uncovered further. More Slashbot baiting. Apache exposed. Distribution licence at foot of document.

ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380733)

Kiss my grits.

Minor point (1, Offtopic)

gerardrj (207690) | about 12 years ago | (#4380736)

THe man can't be "defending himself" if he is bringing accusations. He is representing himself is more along the lines of what is happening here.

Re:Minor point (2, Informative)

roachmotel3 (543872) | about 12 years ago | (#4380807)

Maybe I didn't read the article as carefully as you, but I saw:

Robert Novak is representing himself in this lawsuit, and thus it is effectively costing him nothing to persue this campaign of harassment.

Re:Minor point (3, Interesting)

ethereal (13958) | about 12 years ago | (#4380851)

I'm surprised that so many people are settling if he's representing himself. Usually that's a pretty good sign that, with just a little legal help yourself, you could take him on and, if the case is as open-and-shut as /. says, successfully defend yourself. It's one thing when the plaintiff has high-powered legal help; it's a lot less intimidating if the plaintiff is some guy with a grudge in his basement.

Eventually somebody will put up a real legal fight against this guy, he'll make some dumb legal mistake, and he'll lose big. It's too bad that the little guys had to get thwacked before that could happen. They really should have banded together in defense - they could have hired a real lawyer and put him in his place pretty swiftly if they'd worked together. It sounds like he picked them off of the herd one-by-one, gradually building up steam, and now thinks that he's ready to take on the big boys.

1st post (-1, Offtopic)

richieb (3277) | about 12 years ago | (#4380737)

I'm 37337! I am!

HA you suck! (-1, Offtopic)

incripshin (580256) | about 12 years ago | (#4380772)

(just kidding ... you just took too long)

37337 eh? (-1, Offtopic)

ToadMan8 (521480) | about 12 years ago | (#4380776)

Yep, you're eteet alright.

Asisine (0)

The_Rippa (181699) | about 12 years ago | (#4380738)

This is crazy...someone should sue him for wasting taxpayer money in court.

WTF? (1, Funny)

Knightfall (558914) | about 12 years ago | (#4380739)

Hey, somebody, sometime, somewhere, said something I think that just maybe might have been true but I think that I maybe didn't like it. F^CK IT, I'm suing everybody.

Re:WTF? (3, Funny)

sporty (27564) | about 12 years ago | (#4380755)

Just sue your slashdot "freaks". :)

Sorry. (4, Funny)

DAldredge (2353) | about 12 years ago | (#4380902)

You can't. I have a pending patent on the underlying method used is "suing everybody"

One Word... (2, Insightful)

Loki_1929 (550940) | about 12 years ago | (#4380741)


His site hasn't been slashdotted yet! (2, Offtopic)

techstar25 (556988) | about 12 years ago | (#4380742)

Come on guys let's get with it here.

Re:His site hasn't been slashdotted yet! (2)

ralphie98 (588409) | about 12 years ago | (#4380802)

it's loading sooo... s...l...o...wwwww almost there

Re:His site hasn't been slashdotted yet! (5, Funny)

British (51765) | about 12 years ago | (#4380848)

Hey, I really would not suggest slashdot linking to Novak's website. As you know, the "slashdot effect" will bring his site to a crawl, losing potential customers. He'll also have a hefty bandwidth bill from his ISP.

So, whatever you do, try not to visit his website. Don't hit Shift-reload over and over again. Don't ask all your friends to visit it and hit shift-reload over and over again. :)

Re:His site hasn't been slashdotted yet! (2, Funny)

wirelessbuzzers (552513) | about 12 years ago | (#4380854)

So, in other words, you are suggesting that we DDoS his site because he is an asshole? Great idea! We should do that more often! We can set up a Slashdot section where you post stuff about people you don't like, and we slashdot their servers! Vigilante justice at its finest!

Just make him look like a dumbass (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380744)

The more people he sues, the bigger a joke he'll become in the courts. Next, I hope he sues God for allowing these other humans to even exist on Earth.

Sooner or later.. (1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380746)

Somebody may figure its cheaper and easier to just hire a hit man to take the sleazeball out.

Doesn't sound like anybody would weep over it.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380747)


Careful (2, Funny)

xagon7 (530399) | about 12 years ago | (#4380748)

Be careful.. .or they'll wind up suing /.

Awww......forget it......fuck em.

Re:Careful (3, Funny)

Nutcase (86887) | about 12 years ago | (#4380790)

Oh dear god I hope that he sues /.

Somehow I don't think Pets Warehouse has the same clout as Microsoft or Scientology.. I expect Mr. Taco would rally the troops and fuck Mr. Novack up very severely.

Of course, I think google may do the same. ;)

Hey google.. wanna own a shitty pet store? (oh god, is he going to sue /me/ now?)

Re:Careful (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | about 12 years ago | (#4380895)

Which troops would he rally? Do you think that a platoon of geeks bearing down on Novak's mansion would change things?

Maybe you refer to the troops employed by VA. Troops as in the cash they don't have. Troops as in the lawyers they can't afford to pay.

Yeah, I'd love to see it.

Re:Careful (3, Funny)

Target Drone (546651) | about 12 years ago | (#4380804)

Be careful.. .or they'll wind up suing /.

Ya be careful people! Just linking to google [] could get /. into a whole lot of trouble.

Next target... (1)

marhar (66825) | about 12 years ago | (#4380749)

/. and Anonymous Cowards #1-#50,000!

Will somebody please think of the children? (1)

russianspy (523929) | about 12 years ago | (#4380750)

Is it me, or is being a lawyer far more profitable than honest, hard work? I don't know about you, but I think there are a lot of problems here.

FAR more profitable! (3, Insightful)

mekkab (133181) | about 12 years ago | (#4380806)

Despite years of my hard work and overtime and brown nosing, my wife has a job offer with a starting salary that would make you cry, and hasn't even graduated law school!

I'll tell you what the problem is, WHY AREN'T YOU IN LAW SCHOOL?!?!

P.S. don't forget about the bonus if you meet all your billable hours.

eeep! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380754)

ball peen hammer!

/. watch out! (2, Funny)

PhilipMatarese (609325) | about 12 years ago | (#4380756)

Now that information about this has been posted here, this guy is probably going to start suing slashdot also.

Pets Warehouse sent me the wrong item!!! (1, Redundant)

coene (554338) | about 12 years ago | (#4380757)

Now Slashdot can join the party :)

bad page! bad page!! (4, Funny)

Allaria (547479) | about 12 years ago | (#4380762)

The blinking links alone tell me that he's a complete idiot.

I bet he was teased in high school and wants to get back at all the bullies.


This just seems wrong. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380763)

Wait... He's suing someone for reporting the news? Isn't that like, wrong and shit?

What next, some pedophile suing CNN for reporting that he was arrested & convicted of bangin' a 12 year old?

No, just like everyone else, I didn't read the article.

Simple solution. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380765)

Drive to mexico, hire some gang members to eliminate the problem. It's cheaper than getting a lawyer.

uh oh? (0, Redundant)

lawngnome (573912) | about 12 years ago | (#4380767)

so does that mean hes going to come after slashdot? I can just imagine the nasty comments that will come from this...

Re:uh oh? (1)

lawngnome (573912) | about 12 years ago | (#4380850)

as a followup Id like to comment that this guy is a total tool and will deserve the legal assbeating hes about to get...

Be careful what you say about Mr. Novak (5, Funny)

Infonaut (96956) | about 12 years ago | (#4380768)

Remember, he's in the business of suing people, so be sure not to accuse the no-good, rat-bastard, slimy, underhanded, weaseling, gutless scumbag of doing anything improper.

No, its O.K (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380826)

He's currently very busy having sex with young boys. He told me himself.

What's wrong with the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380770)

When a guy like Novak can get money out of people. He's really showing the quality of his character, and it is my hope that some court smacks the hell out of him financially and legally. Maybe 30 days in county for his flagrant use of the legal system for his personal pulpit (that of anti-him-speech). Or maybe 10 years in federal for being a dick.

Just a hope.

newsflash for novak (1)

havaloc (50551) | about 12 years ago | (#4380771)

Someone tell this guy that the phrase 'any publicity is good publicity' isn't always true.

Quick, add OSDN! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380774)

If we act fast we can add OSDN nee /. to the lawsuit!

Afterall, public discourse of why your service sucks is errrr, well umm... bad?

"It's unrealistic" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380775)

It's unrealistic to sue Google just for mentioning the lawsuit. Suppose they'd sued me for telling someone else about it? I don't have as big a warchest as Google probably does. Is the only thing protecting me from a lawsuit the fact that I don't have enough money to be a viable target, or would they sue anyway, just for spite?

Re:"It's unrealistic" (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380900)

Know what, you're probably a better target than Google. Why? Well, you don't have as much money, not having as much money means that you are forced to hire a lawyer, fly out to NY (if you don't already live there), etc. That means you're far more likely to just say "Screw this" and settle out of court as it may even be cheaper.

Here's a relavent quote from an article [] on the case:

Resler said his lawyer was confident they could defeat Novak in court. But, Resler said, when the lawyer told the defendants how much it would cost, "we said, 'Settle.' "

My hope is that after Google finishes with this case, they counter-sue the guy's ass off.

And if you want to slashdot 'em... (1)

splume (560873) | about 12 years ago | (#4380777)

Click here [] here [] and here []

Re:And if you want to slashdot 'em... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380906)

Er ... you're asking to /. the *defendants* in the suit, not the plaintiff.

Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380778)

So he sues everyone who badmouths him? That's pretty damn sad.

Oh crap, I just said something bad about him. Better find a lawyer...

This is good news. (4, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | about 12 years ago | (#4380779)

Now he's suing people that can actually afford to fight back. I hope he gets the pants beaten off of him by Google's lawyers.

-- Dr. Eldarion --

Re:This is good news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380824)

huh huh.. huhuh. So... would you say that Google's lawyers are... beaten him off?

Re:This is good news. (2, Insightful)

Dr Caleb (121505) | about 12 years ago | (#4380870)

I hope the Judge orders the guy to seek out the blow job he so obviously needs.

Just a little uptight don't you think?

"The New now owned by Google" (2)

techstar25 (556988) | about 12 years ago | (#4380886)

He made a big mistake this time. Google is going to kick his ass and countersue and before we know it we're going to see " now owned by Google". Right now I'm assembling a ravenous, drooling, insane mob of /. firstposters to go down to his store and rough him up.

Does anyone have a link to the story about... (4, Interesting)

qurob (543434) | about 12 years ago | (#4380780)

I'm all googled-out right now.

There was a guy who posting anti-VW comments on a automotive enthusiast message board...and the judge threw it out because it was merely opinion and not fact.


Re:Does anyone have a link to the story about... (4, Insightful)

_xeno_ (155264) | about 12 years ago | (#4380889)

What does that have to do with this?

Keep in mind that usually these lawsuits are not intended to attempt to actually be won in a court of law, they are intended to run the defendant out of resources until they are forced to accept to the terms of the plaintiff just to get themselves out of court. It's becoming more and more common, and is actually a fairly effective way to skirt around the First Amendment, unfortunately.

Several states are now passing laws to make such suits illegal, but for the time being, watch what you say online. And be vague enough so as not to actually be accusing anyone of doing anything :) !

Re:Does anyone have a link to the story about... (2, Funny)

MyHair (589485) | about 12 years ago | (#4380892)

I'm all googled-out right now.

There was a guy who posting anti-VW comments on a automotive enthusiast message board...

I don't care whether you're "googled-out" or not, mister! You better get out there and find that ad before Google is nothing more than a link to Pets Warehouse!

If he's suing news sites... (1)

Huw (234808) | about 12 years ago | (#4380782)

If this guy is suing people who carried the news about what's gone on here, does this mean that Slashdot has a chance of being sued?

What if he tries to sue anybody who has had any connection with this whole messy issue, including posting replies on Slashdot? Hang on... methinks I'd better get my lawyer on the phone.

Re:If he's suing news sites... (5, Funny)

krray (605395) | about 12 years ago | (#4380893)

Let's call and ask him. 800-991-3299

Round #4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380785)

/. gets sued for posting ^^ yep, Anonymous Coward, not going to be number 5.

Is SlashDot on this list? (5, Interesting)

phorm (591458) | about 12 years ago | (#4380793)

If not, maybe next week they will be

Nothing is more idiotic than a legal system that allows one person to abridge the security and personal freedom of another, but exercising their own right to continually sue or press frivolous charges against individuals/organizations that cross their path.

We NEED a law to deal with idiotic lawsuits. That is to say, one that carries penalties for those use lawsuits as a continual source of revenue. I think I read earlier that there are some laws regarding individuals that are sue happy, why not make it federal (and get the Canadian government to apply one as well, although Canada seems less lawsuit-crazy than the US).

Lawyers: Who do you want to sue today? - phorm

Re:Is SlashDot on this list? (2)

AnamanFan (314677) | about 12 years ago | (#4380899)

Correct me if I'm wrong or slightly misleading on this, I'm not a law student.

Wasn't it Canada (or at least some provinces) that have a law where if you are going to sew someone, the looser of the suit has to pay legal fees of ALL parties. Where if Mr. N would win the suit, the defendants would have to pay for his [substantially smaller] legal fees, and if Mr. N looses, he has to pay legal fees of the defendants.

Re:Is SlashDot on this list? (2)

demaria (122790) | about 12 years ago | (#4380911)

"That is to say, one that carries penalties for those use lawsuits as a continual source of revenue."

Sounds like what lawyers do. ;-)

It's a crap legal defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380794)

Sue EVERYBODY and grab whatever cash you can. Hope that many will just roll over rather than fight it - which appears to be working. But the big guns won't roll over so easily.

Freedom of Speech (1)

Synithium (515777) | about 12 years ago | (#4380796)

Er...constitution anyone?

Re:Freedom of Speech (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | about 12 years ago | (#4380858)

Freedom of Speech does not protect one from slandering another.

If this place's service sucks, then the posts and things about it aren't slanderous, but that is for a jury or a judge to determine.

It's not much, but just in case... (2, Informative)

TrollBridge (550878) | about 12 years ago | (#4380797)

Review of the new lawsuit just in case it gets slashdotted.

Robert Novak,
d/b/a Pets

Overture Services, Inc.
Google, Inc.
Innovative Marketing Solutions, Inc.d/b/a
Neeps, Inc. d/b/a
John Holdefehr d/b/a
Biochemics, Inc. d/b/a

COURT DOCKET - Third Lawsuit

09-24-2002 (1) Complaint filed and summons issued as to defendant(s) Biochemics, Inc., Google, Inc., John Holdefehr, Innovative Marketing Solutions, Inc., Neeps, Inc., Overture Services, Inc. Filing fee $150.00. Receipt number: 7370. Jury trial demanded. filed by pro se Robert Novak. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Romano, Daniel) (entered: 09-26-2002)

09-26-2002 (2) Notice of Report on the filing of an action regarding a patent orTrademark Infringement sent to Washington DC (Romano, Daniel) (Entered: 09-26-2002)


Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380799)

Here's a nice, possibly libelous link for ya:

Eat me.


Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380844)

Maybe I should make that a link, heh: []

A honest days work. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380801)

It seems to me that suing people is becoming a more and more profitable occupation. No one really defends themselves anymore due to the lawyer fees and hassle. Forget this 9 to 5 job, I'm going to find someone to sue. hmmm...

*blink* (2)

mystik (38627) | about 12 years ago | (#4380803)

Any commercial site that uses blink on their tags deserves to be shot dead.

Who's next? (1)

mverrilli (147811) | about 12 years ago | (#4380810)

Will Slashdot be sued next for posting this story?

EFF (2, Insightful)

gricholson75 (563000) | about 12 years ago | (#4380813)

Doesn't this sound like a job for the EFF to defend these people?

Re:EFF (0)

TrollBridge (550878) | about 12 years ago | (#4380839)

Does the EFF defend corporations? I was always under the impression that the EFF only defended individuals or non-profit groups.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Re:EFF (2)

Loki_1929 (550940) | about 12 years ago | (#4380861)

Or the ACLU [] .

Re:EFF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380881)

The ACLU only gets involved when a member of some 'protected' group imagines he/she/it is being wronged by 'the man'.

A Modern Day Morality Tale (5, Insightful)

barberio (42711) | about 12 years ago | (#4380819)

One day, a man was hit by a bicycle. The man got so angry, he demanded the cyclist pay him five dollars. And the cyclist did so because he was too busy to argue.

Then the man thought 'Maybe I should throw myself in from of another bicycle to get five dollars'. And so he did.

Five bicycles later, he thinks 'If I get five dollars from bicycles, I can get twenty from cars'. And he threw himself into on comming trafic.

And was squashed by a pickup truck.

If Oprah's allowed to do it... (2)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | about 12 years ago | (#4380821)

...we should be able to as well.

Yes, I don't like her as much as the next man, but the big factory farmers here in Texas couldn't pin anything on Oprah (a national celebrity) for saying "I'll never eat beef again" (pp). How does this guy have a case against people posting in public forums? Or reporting it?

He will lose unless these defendant's can't get decent lawyers. But then again, the guys representing himself. Hence, he'll probably just lose.

my experience with PET WAREHOUSE dot com (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380825)

well i got on there and bought a 50 pound bag of "OL' ROY" dog food for my german shepherd general rommel. well, it took like EIGHT MONTHS for it to even get there. so when it did, general rommel was pretty damn hungry. so I opened up the bag of "OL' ROY" and poured a bowl and gave it to him. he ate it. AND THEN I NOTICED that it was not dog food in there, but rat poison! PET WAREHOUSE is shipping RAT POISON in their pet food! general rommel promptly keeled over and croaked.

i sent a mail to mr. novak and he told me to go eff myself with a shovel. now THAT is what i call customer service. anyway, i've got a new dog now, I called her eva braun, and i will NOT be ordering any more "OL' ROY" from PET WAREHOUSE

your buddy

Really... (1)

lewp (95638) | about 12 years ago | (#4380838)

Pets Warehouse sucks.

(I don't know anything about Pets Warehouse, I just think it'd be funny to get sued by this loon. Hope he reads Slashdot!)

Whatch it! (2)

jonr (1130) | about 12 years ago | (#4380884)

Now he will sue you and Slashdot! And Rob and his dog! Shame on you! :

The ultimate revenge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380842)

How do you get even with someone who makes a living selling items off their internet site? Slashdot 'em of course! :sappy hero music:
The Slashdot effect to the rescue!

why news? (0)

doug_wyatt (532721) | about 12 years ago | (#4380843)

why is this news? Some guy gets upset and sues everyone and their neighbor in a way that even the most jaded and pessemistic of us know won't fly in court. Yippee.

Francis Sawyer (1)

MrPCsGhost (148392) | about 12 years ago | (#4380853)

"Robert Novak is representing himself in this lawsuit, and thus it is effectively costing him nothing to persue this campaign of harassment. "

You just made the list, buddy! I don't want anybody touchin' my stuff. Anyone touches my stuff, I'll kill ya!

He is setting up a sting operation to sue others. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380856)

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this BB to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this BB.

Taken from his forum rules. So if you post anything he does not like he probably will sue you.

i think (1)

Datasage (214357) | about 12 years ago | (#4380860)

I think this suit will draw more bad publicity than what the the peoples comments did... really i never heard of this until i read about the suit today.

Psssst...have you heard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380865)

PetsWarehouse not only overcharges but they are very slow to deliver. I think it's because Robert Novak personally molests each animal.

However, it is a good place to buy Vaseline and Duct Tape.

With apologies to SomethingAwful (4, Funny)

LordYUK (552359) | about 12 years ago | (#4380867)

"Dear judge-

Some mean person made very nasty remarks about my crappy online store. Since we now live in a world where every single whining crybaby threatens to sue somebody over the most trivial of things, I feel I want to sue a person who made some comments on their website. Sure, my knowledge of the legal system is little to none, but I really want to sue these guys because they are so mean! I have obviously never done any research on libel, or I would've learned the following information:

Ideas and opinions, whether true of false, cannot constitutionally be subject to libel claims.

However, my lawyer, who also works the night shift at the local Dairy Queen, says I can sue for MILLIONS of dollars! I tend to believe him, because I once saw him wear an expensive suit and I think that makes him smart.


Mr Novak"

Haha (2)

quantaman (517394) | about 12 years ago | (#4380869)

Now this idiot has finally bit off a little more than he can handle and I'm guessing that Google's legal team is going to make short work of him and hopefully put an end to this spree of lawsuits by that moron Robert Novak who owns that useless, cheap, rip-off company Pets Warehouse and ...

Eh? What that? What do you mean "I'm being served?!?"

Representing himself against Google? (2)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 12 years ago | (#4380873)

Can you say countersued into oblivion?

Unlike some of his other targets, Google can fight back. He's going to get smacked... Hard. What an idiot. He deserves what he's going to get.

Free speech vs Intentionally-damaging speech... (3, Interesting)

eyefish (324893) | about 12 years ago | (#4380878)

On the surface, this seems to me like a stupid lawsuit that cannot hold in court, since it is clearly trying to violate the consitutional right of free speech (i.e.: "you cannot say I suck, I'll sue you").

However, *maybe* (and I repeat, just maybe), if beyond any reasonable doubt the guy can prove that the people who made the first comments made them with the premeditated malicious intention of bringing down his business, then that's another matter. However that still does not give him the right to sue everyone else (if that holds in court, Microsoft could be suing the slashdot parent company on the basis that they're hosting anti-microsoft discussions by some users).

In the end, my guess is that the case can not hold in the supreme court, if it ever gets there. if he wins a few cases it's probably because he's got tons of money to spend on lawyers or just some very good lawyers, or everyone else's lawyers suck.

Mistake in comments (Pet vs. Pets Warehouse) (5, Informative)

vondo (303621) | about 12 years ago | (#4380879)

I was pretty confused reading the original comment.

The comments are about "Pet Warehouse", which is here [] while the link is for Pets Warehouse.

What happened, according to the Salon article, linked in the original /. article is that the "s" was left off.

More understandable since Pet Warehouse is a reputable outfit predating the dotcom boom. I've dealt with them lots of times.

Open Letter to Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380880)

Dear Google:

You are our last hope. Please don't let something like this stand. You have the money to assemble a powerful legal team and the reputation that would give weight to your assertions. You must defeat this individual, otherwise the basic tenets of Free Speech shall fall by the wayside. We as the internet community, as the world community stand by you in your fight and are willing to shed blood on the legal battle field with you. If nothing else, expose this person for who they really are, expose the true enemys of freedom, liberty and justice for all.

Concerned Google User

Congratulations (1)

Superfreaker (581067) | about 12 years ago | (#4380883)

Everyone who responded to this thread will be sued in round 4 of the lawsuit :-)

Hope the Jury isn't Retarded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380885)

The docket info says that he demanded a jury trial. It would be nice to see his charges laughed at by the jury and see him denied on this crap. The whole thing is kind of like this, right? Plaintiff says Soandso is such a mean poopy-head, he's calling me names. So what? Go away! Sheeesh.

give the guy a break (1)

MDL (609311) | about 12 years ago | (#4380890)

You'd be bitter too if you got ass pounded every single day of your high school career.
Struggling to put it behind him he did the perfect thing: opened up an internet store (hey you don't have to see the customers!)
Now he's getting ass pounded on the internet.

which is fine by me...

Now hes going to go after after slashdot... (1)

seibed (30057) | about 12 years ago | (#4380891)

and everyone who has posted on this thread!!


Pets? Web? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 12 years ago | (#4380894)

Somebody actually survived the web pet supplies business?

Does that mean I can bring my sock puppets back out from the basement?

Little easy big hard? (2)

MrNovember (310587) | about 12 years ago | (#4380896)

Wasn't it this guys MO to sue "little guys" who don't have the resources to fly to Alabama and fight it? Doesn't he think he's going to get in trouble suing bigger companies?

I would think they could countersue for some reason like "Mr. Novak is irritating" (say in California) and cost him bundles of $$.

Who in the hell is Robert Novak? (2)

Robber Baron (112304) | about 12 years ago | (#4380901)

Not that talking head that gained notoriety during the OJ debacle, is he?

Well anyway, Fuck Novak and fuck Petswhorehouse (preferably with a broom handle)! I'm glad he's decided to sue Google...maybe they'll give him the bitchslapping that he so richly deserves!

Hmm... (2)

RareHeintz (244414) | about 12 years ago | (#4380904)

So now, will Slashdot get sued for running a story on this litigious idiot? Will I be sued now, for calling this litigious idiot a "litigious idiot"? Or for expressing that I have a heart full of hate for dimwits like Novak and I will be encouraging every pet owner I know to boycott his online store and spread the word about his stupid and cruel blackmail game?

- B

the best defense... (4, Insightful)

GutterBunny (153341) | about 12 years ago | (#4380907) a good offense.

Perhaps a good round of public boycott will enough to deter Mr. Novak from suing anyone who criticizes his store. Start by emailing all your pet-owning friends and informing them of what has happened. Ask them to stop purchasing from Petswearhouse until this kind of senseless lawsuit'ing has stopped... Also perhaps a /.'er can provide a simpler summary on his/her his web page for reference. In addition to the defense fund's site. We also may wish to provide links to the mailing list comments that started this.

Basically give people information to make an informed decision.

Add Slashdot to the list? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4380908)

of entities being sued... (now that you mentioned it!)

What did you expect? (5, Insightful)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | about 12 years ago | (#4380909)

In such a litigious society, where lawyers chase after every dollar they can, and where "greed is good" is a mantra, is anyone truly surprised at this?

It's a sad reflection of American society that it has turned into a victim culture where nobody is ever to blame for their own shortcomings but is instead a victim of the malignant actions of anyone or everyone else.

It's an easy out - why bother seriously examining where your business plan was flawed or where your process broke down when you can simply point the finger at someone else and say "I would have succeeded if it wasn't for you".

Part of the problem is that there is little to discourage malicious and/or spurious litigation. Some sort of penalty for repeatedly taking out this sort of action would be helpful but it's hard to imagine that happening any time soon.

The fact is that many companies will rather settle lawsuits like these ones before they get to court even if they are without merit. The rationale behind this is ironic - lawsuits (even ridiculous ones) bring down share prices, and which "greed is good" CEO is going to let that happen for the sake of a few thousand dollars?

New suit.. (2)

Loki_1929 (550940) | about 12 years ago | (#4380912)

I just want to see the court papers when he tries to sue all 250,000 people who read /. daily. Anyone have an idea how many pages it'll be just listing the defendants? I hope they've got a damn big courtroom.

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