Faith Healer responds to critic with — a lawsuit.

The complaint is here (source)

Since I am counsel for the defendant on this case, for now, I will limit my comments and just point you toward other journalism on the case:

TechDirt: Faith Healer Adam Miller Sues Over Critical YouTube Video, Guaranteeing It Tons Of Attention (source)

Wonkette: Atheist Lady Sued For Calling Fraud Faith Healer A Fraud
Read more at http://wonkette.com/585027/atheist-lady-sued-for-calling-fraud-faith-healer-a-fraud#eWsJ00tsRFoQChbS.99 (source)

Daily Dot: Faith healer suing atheist vlogger after being called a ‘swindler’ (source)

Salon: Atheist trans blogger exposes “snake-oil salesman” faith healer and gets slammed with lawsuit (source)

RawStory: Faith healer sues atheist video blogger for using science to expose him on YouTube as a ‘swindler’ (source)

Overlawyered: Faith healer sues over critical YouTube video (source)

11 Responses to Faith Healer responds to critic with — a lawsuit.

  1. dan says:

    Laugh as you will, but here in Canada, since our Criminal Code prohibits false claims of faith healing and the like, this suit might have legs ( I CAN WALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). It amounts to a claim of criminal activity.
    here is the applicable statute :

    Every one who fraudulently
    (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,
    (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or
    (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    so, in theory, in Canada you can non-fraudulently practice witchcraft of all forms. Thats pretty cool, right? But if you are fraudulently practicing it, as the defendant claims, then you are guilty of an offence under S. 365 of the criminal code. An accusation of criminal activity is either valid or a false claim of a criminal act. So either the defendant is guilty of a false claim under tort law (and criminal law in Canada) or the plaintiff is guilty of fraudulent practices (and the defendant is cool). Time for expert witnesess…

  2. evrenseven says:

    RANDAZZA SMASH

  3. lol, the court doesn’t even have personal jurisdiction over the defendant. Making fun of someone who lives in another state doesn’t confer jurisdiction in that state. Had to stop reading… was shocked that an attorney would sign that.

    • evrenseven says:

      How is PJ an issue? Plaintiff is asserting copyright infringement in his home state.

      • Any alleged infringement occurred where the defendant resides. Saying, “well he did this on the Internet!” does not mean that you get to sue him in any jurisdiction that has Internet.

  4. Marc, just remember what is best in life.

  5. I have the feeling that a deposition of Adam will be of such quality that a dramatic re-enactment would be very popular on YouTube…

  6. Penn Jillette, the famous magician and skeptic, has joined with the well known atheist broadcasters Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews in promoting the skeptic video blogger’s case and in contributing to her defence fund.

    They and Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers (Biologist and activist) SL Singh (physicist famous at least in England) and other lesser known commentators have tweeted about this to well over three and a half million followers on twitter. (I counted.)

    Both litigants are going to be famous and this could turn into a very public case.

  7. andrews says:

    In some states, the defendant might take advantage of an offer-of-judgement law. If ptf recovers significantly less than the offer, def gets her fees starting some time after the offer is made.

    I have occasionally found this to be helpful.

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