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(Politico)   Judge dismisses Nunes's lawsuit against dossier firm. Talk about bitter grapefruit   (politico.com) divider line
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2020-02-22 9:05:29 AM  
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2020-02-22 10:41:22 AM  
FTA: "O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence."

Oh snap!
 
2020-02-22 11:04:03 AM  

dodecahedron: FTA: "O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence."

Oh snap!


I smarted and funnied you.
 
2020-02-22 11:06:49 AM  
That's gunna sting like citrus on the delicate parts of your wee-wee
 
2020-02-22 11:09:08 AM  
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2020-02-22 11:09:16 AM  
You can peel off the bitter rind..But the sour fruit remains...
 
2020-02-22 11:10:11 AM  
Next up from Devin: now the Federal judge is in on it!
 
2020-02-22 11:12:40 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Next up from Devin: now the Federal judge is in on it!


Deep State!
 
2020-02-22 11:12:43 AM  
This crap won't stop until Nunes/Biss are forced to pay court charges.
 
2020-02-22 11:16:44 AM  
The California GOP lawmaker claimed that he was a victim perpetrator of "active, coordinated and ongoing corruption, fraud and obstruction of justice" by the defendants that stemmed from his efforts to investigate the firm's role in stoking suspicions about with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign.

/FTFY
 
2020-02-22 11:17:06 AM  
Is Nunes paying Biss? Where's all the money coming from for this litigious tsunami?
 
2020-02-22 11:17:20 AM  
How many crates of grapefruit would $10 million have bought?
 
2020-02-22 11:17:44 AM  

dodecahedron: FTA: "O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence."

Oh snap!


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2020-02-22 11:19:39 AM  
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2020-02-22 11:21:30 AM  
Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...
 
2020-02-22 11:24:07 AM  

casual disregard: Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...


There are frivolous lawsuit laws.
 
2020-02-22 11:27:55 AM  

Gyrfalcon: casual disregard: Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...

There are frivolous lawsuit laws.


OIC.

LOCK HIM UP! FIRE HIM! MAKE HIM PAY!
 
2020-02-22 11:28:32 AM  
He should file his suit in his hometown of Iowa.
 
2020-02-22 11:30:49 AM  
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2020-02-22 11:32:17 AM  
The California GOP lawmaker claimed that he was a victim of "active, coordinated and ongoing corruption, fraud and obstruction of justice"

Every accusation is a confession.
 
2020-02-22 11:32:50 AM  

dodecahedron: FTA: "O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence."

Oh snap!


Oh SLAPP!
 
2020-02-22 11:33:03 AM  

Sin'sHero: He should file his suit in his hometown of Iowa.


Iowa, Louisiana? Home of the Rabbit Festival?
 
2020-02-22 11:34:34 AM  
What's this country come to when our courts can't enjoy a little frivolity?
 
2020-02-22 11:35:36 AM  
The judge didn't want to get into discovery and see Trump naked.
 
2020-02-22 11:37:05 AM  
Now make him pay both sides attorney fees.
 
2020-02-22 11:41:32 AM  
Nunes is quite the little sycophant and yes-man. Anything for his masters. People like him amuse me. They think if they do this they're appearing loyal and they'll get somewhere and become Mr. Big and be important. The cold hard reality, though, is that he's just a fluffer and always will be
 
2020-02-22 11:42:29 AM  
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2020-02-22 11:44:02 AM  
I used to like drinking Squirt.

Damn you Devin.
 
2020-02-22 11:44:54 AM  

casual disregard: Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...


Judges can already sanction vexatious litigants.
 
2020-02-22 11:45:21 AM  
Here's the court's actual order (PDF link). It's about as concise an order granting a 12(b)(6) motion as you'll ever see (about a page and a half, double spaced, including the caption, background facts, and everything else), and basically boils down to "Jesus, you grapefruit-farking asshole, you are completely full of shiat. GTFO."
 
2020-02-22 11:48:47 AM  
Two years from now:

Federal agents raided the campaign headquarters of former representative Devin Nunes.  Nunes resigned shortly after the 2020 elections under a cloud of ethics charges.  He recently threw his hat back in the ring for the 2020 elections as the commissioner of produce in California.  However controversy has surrounded his campaign, which has included promises of handouts to the grapefruit lobby.

During the raid, federal agents left the campaign office with approximately 50 boxes of what appeared to be paper work.  Fmr Rep Nunes was escorted out completely naked, except for the grapefruit completely covering his genitalia.  Onlookers were quoted as saying "oh my god, was he farking that grapefruit?" and "those boxes are full of grapefruits, not paper."

Although Nunes was a favorite for the top produce commissioner spot, if found guilty of grapefruit abuse and assault, he faces 10 years in prison and a lifetime bar from holding any public office related to produce.
 
2020-02-22 11:52:02 AM  
FTA:  "...attempts by Nunes to stifle critics through well-funded lawsuits is an affront to the First Amendment. Nunes should not be allowed to abuse his power to force critics to stand silent in the face of his misconduct."

Well farkin' said.
 
2020-02-22 11:53:33 AM  

Cyberluddite: Here's the court's actual order (PDF link). It's about as concise an order granting a 12(b)(6) motion as you'll ever see (about a page and a half, double spaced, including the caption, background facts, and everything else), and basically boils down to "Jesus, you grapefruit-farking asshole, you are completely full of shiat. GTFO."


The fact that the judge explicitly mentioned Rule 11 is quite telling. The E.D. of Virginia judges; 1) move very, very quickly (the original rocket docket) ; and 2) rarely suffer fools very well.
 
2020-02-22 11:55:41 AM  

pueblonative: casual disregard: Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...

Judges can already sanction vexatious litigants.


Vexatious litigant statutes in most states only apply to in pro per litigants rather than those represented by lawyers, and only to those who file large numbers of frivolous suits.  But this case is in federal court. Rule 11 (of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) applies, which allows judges to impose major sanctions against lawyers or litigants who file frivolous or bullshiat suits, motions, or other pleadings. You'll note from the order linked above that in this case the judge specifically called out Rule 11 in warning Nunes against trying this shiat again in the last sentence: "Plaintiff shall have thirty days from the date of this order to file a second amended complaint if he can do so pursuant to Rule 11."
 
2020-02-22 12:12:28 PM  

Hey Nurse!: Nunes is quite the little sycophant and yes-man. Anything for his masters. People like him amuse me. They think if they do this they're appearing loyal and they'll get somewhere and become Mr. Big and be important. The cold hard reality, though, is that he's just a fluffer and always will be


No no, nunes is different, trump will respect him more and never betray him.
 
2020-02-22 12:20:30 PM  
Blessed be the fruit!
 
2020-02-22 12:25:21 PM  
The goal isn't to win these suits.

The goal is to tie up the legal system so that it is too busy to take on the real corruption and fraud that Nunes, Trump, and his clan are getting away with.

This is straight out of the Trump playbook: Always go on the offensive. Attack, attack, attack. Change the conversation by accusing the other side of whatever frivolous thing, and make off with the spoils while it's busy defending itself.
 
2020-02-22 12:27:51 PM  

WordsnCollision: This crap won't stop until Nunes/Biss are forced to pay court charges.


That's why they are venue shopping and filing in VA. They don't have anti-slapp laws yet (but my understanding one is in the works thanks to him). If he tried filing this in CA where he actually should be standing wise it would have immediately been shut down and had to pay the other sides costs
 
2020-02-22 12:42:11 PM  

Gyrfalcon: casual disregard: Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...

There are frivolous lawsuit laws.


Sometimes I wonder if a mega-billionaire on the left could immediately shut down this crap. I'm not a Mike fan yet, but he can shut down a lot of frivolous lawsuits. Espec. from Nunes.
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2020-02-22 12:50:27 PM  
So if the Judge dismisses it but says he can re-file within 30 IF he actually has evidence, does that mean the lawsuit was Dismissed WITHOUT Prejudice?  or WITH Prejudice?  or WITH SOME Prejudice?

And what are the consequences for Mooones if he just goes ahead and refiles all over again?
You know, for a laugh.  Because why the heck not?
Seriously, what they going to do?  A stern talking to from the Judge? Again?
Contempt of Court?  yeah right.

I can see him refiling this with "new" evidence that just won't hold up in Court.  Again.
 
2020-02-22 12:50:41 PM  
A RICO lawsuit basically requires the plaintiff to prove the defendant is involved in organized crime.  Its purpose is to go after mobsters, not to win points for grapefruit-boffing whiners.  Also: judges hate civil RICO suits because they are almost always bullshiat, and tend to be a last resort for morons who don't have any kind of meritorious claim.  Nunes' attorney should be ashamed, but a person would have to lack any sense of shame to work for Nunes in the first place.
 
2020-02-22 12:56:20 PM  

Johnson: So if the Judge dismisses it but says he can re-file within 30 IF he actually has evidence, does that mean the lawsuit was Dismissed WITHOUT Prejudice?  or WITH Prejudice?  or WITH SOME Prejudice?

And what are the consequences for Mooones if he just goes ahead and refiles all over again?
You know, for a laugh.  Because why the heck not?
Seriously, what they going to do?  A stern talking to from the Judge? Again?
Contempt of Court?  yeah right.

I can see him refiling this with "new" evidence that just won't hold up in Court.  Again.


Nunes' suit wasn't dismissed because he lacks evidence.  The case had not even reached the point of considering evidence.  The suit was dismissed because Nunes could not even articulate a coherent theory to explain why the case should move forward.  If Nunes does it again, the judge can make Nunes, his attorney, or both pay a large sum of money.  That would not only be expensive, it would be professionally humiliating for the lawyer.
 
2020-02-22 1:03:21 PM  

HypnozombieX: That's gunna sting like citrus on the delicate parts of your wee-wee


More than words will not soothe and heal that burn.
 
2020-02-22 1:08:39 PM  

Johnson: So if the Judge dismisses it but says he can re-file within 30 IF he actually has evidence, does that mean the lawsuit was Dismissed WITHOUT Prejudice?  or WITH Prejudice?  or WITH SOME Prejudice?

And what are the consequences for Mooones if he just goes ahead and refiles all over again?
You know, for a laugh.  Because why the heck not?
Seriously, what they going to do?  A stern talking to from the Judge? Again?
Contempt of Court?  yeah right.

I can see him refiling this with "new" evidence that just won't hold up in Court.  Again.


It was without prejudice, however the judge by explicitly mentioning Rule 11 has essentially set up Nunes and/or his counsel for Rule 11 sanctions which can be forcing them to pay all of the people he sues legal fees, court costs, etc. It also can subject the attorney to a whole bunch of problems in the future if he/she wants to file anything else in that court. IIRC Larry Klayman was banned from filing an lawsuits in at least one court for violating Rule 11.
 
2020-02-22 1:29:53 PM  
I Wonder if he considers a moldy grapefruit with fur on it, too old....?
 
2020-02-22 1:58:22 PM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: How many crates of grapefruit would $10 million have bought?


I did some internet searching and Google math, and it looks like a moderate crate of grapefruit purchase in bulk cost around $40.

So 250K crates of grapefruit.

He's going to need an industrial-sized microwave...
 
2020-02-22 2:02:18 PM  

casual disregard: Sometimes I wonder if a frivolous lawsuit law would be a benefit.

But like almost anything else it would probably just be weaponized in some way.

Bleh...


There are not, unfortunately, Federal ANTI-SLAPP laws, but several states have indeed passed Anti-SLAPP laws.

(A SLAPP is a "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation". Basically, a lawsuit to shut someone up that, while perhaps specious, they still lack the funds to fight, etc.)
 
2020-02-22 2:02:51 PM  
I have a theory on the grapefruit.

Nunes has secretly had inhuman levels of cholesterol in his blood since birth. He's had to be on statins his whole life. And as anyone who has ever had to take statins, one cannot have grapefruit juice with them. Being told he couldn't ever have grapefruit his whole life turned it into some kind of ....taboo.

So when he became able, his hatred and yearning to have that grapefruit turned sexual and he took what he wanted.
 
2020-02-22 2:07:24 PM  

dodecahedron: FTA: "O'Grady said he'd allow a revised version of the suit to be re-filed within 30 days, but he said that should only happen if Nunes can craft a complaint that doesn't violate a federal rule against court filings that are frivolous or unsupported by evidence."

Oh snap!


Translation from Judge-speak
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"File that lame shiat again.  I dare you, I double dare you MF'n counsel, file that lame shiat one more time again!"
 
2020-02-22 2:20:01 PM  

Cletus C.: Is Nunes paying Biss? Where's all the money coming from for this litigious tsunami?


Probably the same people that still think Jacob wohle is a smart investment.
 
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