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Lawsuit against Anita MonCrief dismissed

posted at 10:25 pm on April 6, 2010 by

The Center for Individual Rights issued the following press release this afternoon:

News release
For immediate release
Contact: Terry Pell (202) 833-8400
E-mail: <[email protected]>
April 6, 2010

Lawsuit against Anita MonCrief dismissed

Today an abrupt end came to a lawsuit that Project Vote, an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), had launched against Anita MonCrief, a vocal critic of both groups. The federal judge hearing the case ordered all claims dismissed based on a stipulation by the parties. Project Vote had sued MonCrief and an unidentified “John Doe” for $5 million in damages.

MonCrief worked for Project Vote for two years but became disillusioned by what she experienced there. In various venues, including testimony in court and before a congressional panel, on national television, and in her own blog, she detailed what she regarded as the corruption of both Project Vote and ACORN.

Project Vote’s lawsuit, filed last year in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, featured a slew of counts, including trademark infringement, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and trespass to chattels. Represented by the Kansas City law firm of Graves, Bartle, Marcus & Garrett and the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), MonCrief countersued both Project Vote and ACORN for abuse of process, alleging that ACORN was Project Vote’s alter ego and that the two groups had brought the suit to punish her for exercising her right to free speech and to uncover her sources.

Late last year, the judge dismissed the trademark claims, among others, but the rest of Project Vote’s suit and MonCrief’s countersuit against it and ACORN continued into the pretrial discovery phase. Before that phase went very far, however, the parties agreed to a settlement. In return for MonCrief’s dropping her countersuit for abuse of process, Project Vote agreed to dismiss its claims against her in their entirety.

“This is a stunning victory for Ms. MonCrief,” said Terry Pell, CIR’s president. “By dismissing all of its claims, Project Vote has canceled its arrogant attempt to silence a critic using the courts. Ms. MonCrief now is completely free to continue blogging and speaking about Project Vote and ACORN without fear of this action.”

Pell added, “And the utter failure of Project Vote’s suit should encourage others who wish to speak out against corruption at ACORN or anywhere else.”

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Congrats, Anita!

from Juliette

baldilocks on April 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Great news!

beachgirlusa on April 6, 2010 at 11:18 PM

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!

GREAT NEWS INDEED!

WAY TO GO ANITA!!!

Branch Rickey on April 6, 2010 at 11:48 PM

Woot! Way to go!

Daggett on April 7, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Wonderful news! Congrats!

Laura on April 7, 2010 at 1:21 AM

Congratulations, Anita.
Thanks for your work and sacrifices that have benefited all Americans.

snaggletoothie on April 7, 2010 at 1:29 AM

I’ll bet you slept better last night!

Good job; perseverance pays off……especially when you’re correct. Don’t you just love FREEDOM.

Robert17 on April 7, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Well what do you know, good things still can happen to good people. Congratulations.

Americannodash on April 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Very good news and very welcomed news during very troubled times.

Keemo on April 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Your courage is an inspiration. Thank you Anita.

Socmodfiscon on April 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM

This is indeed great news Anita! Keep up the good work and stay safe.
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letget on April 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Congratulations, Anita! I hope the rest of your writing career makes them wish they had been able to shut you up.

Doctor Zero on April 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Wonderful news! I enjoy reading all your Green Room posts, I hope you keep up the good work!

batterup on April 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Congratulations Anita. I admire you for confronting the thugs. You are an inspiration to us all. You’ve proved that we can all make a difference.

God Bless You!

Jayrae on April 7, 2010 at 11:15 AM

I hope you serve as an inspiration to others too afraid to speak up.

Way to go!

God Bless 🙂

SalHansen on April 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Awwwwwwh yeeeah!

Wonderful news, Anita!

Sekhmet on April 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Congrats Anita.

I for one can’t wait for your next information bomb on ACORN/PROJECT VOTE.

uknowmorethanme on April 7, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Good for you, Anita! There is still justice in this world!

YehuditTX on April 8, 2010 at 2:14 AM


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