Danelle Wylder and Corrie Westing @SocialistViews @CriticalReading (USA)

Queer Danelle Wylder and heterosexual Corrie Westing are two anti-woman activists who recently wrote this pile of lies for a Socialist website. In 2014, Danelle’s partner, Judy Heithmar, previously wrote a similar pile of lies for the same website. We previously wrote about Judy’s piece of shit here. Judy apparently is nonbinary now and goes by the also fake name Judy Luxemburg on Facebook. It is likely Judy actually penned Danelle’s current article. You can read both articles below.
Michfest is dying from bigotry _ SocialistWorker.org
TERFs have no place on the left _ SocialistWorker.org

Richard Simmons v. American Media, Inc. et. al. (USA)

Judge Keosian, presiding over the Los Angeles County Superior Court, has issued a tentative ruling in a defamation lawsuit brought by Richard Simmons against American Media, Inc., et. al. (the media company that owns the National Enquirer) dismissing the suit on the grounds that being “misidentified as transgender is not libelous per se.”
In June, 2016, the National Enquirer published an article with the headline: “Richard Simmons: He’s Now a Woman!”  The article also claimed Simmons had “undergone shocking sex surgery to change from a man to a woman.”  Simmons’ complaint alleges the company had knowledge at the time of publication that the allegations made in the article were false.

According to the opinion, “such [a misidentification] does not expose ‘any person to hatred, contempt, ridicule, or obloquy, or which causes him to be shunned or avoided, or which has a tendency to injure him in his occupation.’ While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them.”
In order to prevail in a defamation suit seeking to recover “emotional damages caused by the allegedly defamatory statement, Simmons must be able to show, as a threshold matter, that the allegedly defamatory statement on its face was the type of statement that would ‘naturally tend’ to injure one’s reputation. The mere fact that Simmons may have suffered emotional distress because of the false statements is insufficient by itself.”
“This court finds that because courts have long held that a misidentification of certain immutable characteristics do not naturally tend to injure one’s reputation, even if there is a sizeable portion of the population who hold prejudices against those characteristics, misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation absent special damages.”
Judge Keosian’s tentative ruling invited the defendant to file a motion for attorneys’ fees. A final ruling on this case is expected in the near future.
By tossing a Richard Simmons libel case, a judge strikes a blow against transgender discrimination — LA Times

Richard Simmons’s Loss Could Be Transgender Rights’ Gain — Vanity Fair

Richard Simmons v. American Media, Inc. et. al. — tentative opinion dated August 30, 2017

David-Elijah Nahmod @DavidElijahN (USA)

David-Elijah Nahmod is a Men’s Rights Activist in San Francisco, California who writes for various Gay Men’s publications, including South Florida Gay News. In January 2014, he penned a “news article” on the unsuccessful attempt of other Men’s Rights Activists to have Gender Identity Watch monitored as a hate group.  In his “news article,” he relied on RationalWiki as a reliable source, along with his own “hurt feelings” about an unsubstantiated Facebook encounter with Cathy Brennan. He also relies on Cristan Williams, a well-know MRA, as a source. Despite his claims, Nahmod made no effort to reach Brennan or anyone else for “comment.”
Nahmod was upset that Gender Identity Watch disproved his allegations. As a result of this action in 2014, he is allegedly now – in 2016 – circulating an email to various law enforcement agencies in Maryland in a attempt to get Cathy Brennan in some sort of legal trouble.

Brennan v. AfterEllen @afterellen & Joey Stevenson @joeyxo (USA)

A federal district court in Baltimore City recently remanded a lawsuit for defamation to state court. AfterEllen and Joey Stevenson removed a lawsuit filed in Baltimore City court to federal court. The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an order sending the case back to Baltimore City.
Memorandum for Order granting motion to remand (00125584xA34F2)
Order granting motion to remand (00125585xA34F2)

Schuler v. McGraw-Hill (USA)


Eleanor Schuler sued BusinessWeek alleging defamation and other torts relating to defendants’ publication in Business Week magazine in September 1994 of an article entitled “Did the Amex Turn a Blind Eye to a ‘Showcase’ Stock?”. The article was subtitled, “The Bizarre Printron Case Shows the Exchange Too Often Ignores the Most Glaring Signs of Trouble,” and it discusses the American Stock Exchange’s (“Amex”) listing of small companies on its Emerging Company Marketplace (“ECM”). The article focuses on Printron, Inc., an Albuquerque company of which plaintiff had been chairman and chief executive officer. As it relates to plaintiff, the district court aptly summarized the article as follows:

The article refers to Plaintiff’s status as a transsexual and it treats certain aspects of her life when she was a man known as John Huminik, Jr. The article also examines Plaintiff’s involvement in two lawsuits filed against her by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). One of the lawsuits was filed against Plaintiff in the mid-1970s when she was John Huminik; the other was filed against Plaintiff in 1991 when she was Eleanor Schuler, that is, after her sex change. Both lawsuits were resolved by injunctions barring Plaintiff from committing future securities law violations. In both cases, Plaintiff neither admitted nor denied the allegations against her; however, she signed consent decrees agreeing to entry of the permanent injunctions.

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