Lost Society lawsuit against BD tossed into a pile of meth-covered towels, set on fire and dismissed forever!
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi
The libel/defamation/slander/copyright infringement lawsuit filed in December 2010 against BarkingDogs.org and its publisher by the purported owner of now-closed forever club Lost Society, Fernando Rosales, has been dismissed in a summary judgement. The order was signed by Dallas County Judge Mark Greenberg on Friday, April 27, 2012, in a hearing that lasted about 30 seconds. The motion orders Fernando Rosales to pay reasonable costs incurred by BD and his attorneys in their defense of the suit, which was filed in December 2010.
BD was represented pro bono by attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Vinson & Elkins, at the request of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press based in Arlington VA. RCFP has been working with BD since he was first subpoenaed by Rosales and his attorney in November 2010 over a lawsuit between Rosales and Lowest Greenville property owner Andres Properties. Andres had locked-out Rosales and bar co-owner Brightman Nwatu after a shooting left a Lost Society patron dead on the Char Bar parking lot in June 2010. A few days after the shooting, Nwatu was taken into custody by DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers because he was an illegal alien who should have been deported nearly seven years ago, but managed to evade authorities. The TABC filed charges against Nwatu and Rosales for presenting false papers about the ownership of the bar in his application for a TABC license.
Rosales was represented in this civil action by ambulance-chasing attorney Armando Miranda, who is currently serving the second of two suspended probations related to his law practice by the Texas Bar Association. Rosales was not represented at the Friday hearing. Rosales can't even pay his attorneys because he is sitting in the Rockwall County Jail. BD's lawyers filed the motion only after months of playing phone tag with Miranda and his assistant, who had promised cross-their-hearts-hope-to-die their client would listen to reason and drop the lawsuit.