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Lawyer Under Fire

Posted by: Laurence Simons 31/07/12

You know how little dogs like to pick big fights? They yap away at a nonplussed St Bernard and you drag them away and say "no", "naughty" etc and they learn a lesson. Then they have another go, and you have to bop them on the nose with a rolled up newspaper. Strike three and you're taking your car to the pound and making up lies to tell the kids.

Well, think of Charles Carreon as that little dog who just doesn't know when to stop scrapping. Because when you flick through Webster's for a dictionary definition of 'Lawyer Under Fire', there is an image of Carreon there, posing in front of an American flag, slightly bewildered.

Carreon filed suit against Matthew Inman, of humour website the Oatmeal, on behalf of his client, FunnyJunk. Inman attests FunnyJunk was hosting his content without permission, and so wrote a post defaming them which ranked so highly in Google that FunnyJunk made a claim for $20,000 in lost revenue from Inman. In other words: they wanted him to pay them to host his funny jokes. Inman, in response, asked his readers to raise the requisite money, so he could take a photograph of it to send to FunnyJunk and then promptly donate it to some wildlife and cancer charities.

Carreon didn't like this so he tried to sue, in order: i. Inman ii. fund-raising website IndieGoGo iii. an unnamed army of internet Does who besmirched over Twitter the Carreon name and iv. the National Wildlife Charity and the American Cancer Society. Eventually, after a high-profile online backlash, Carreon dropped all of his suits, but not before declaring victory. "I'm famous," he told Ars Technica. "I'm notorious." You're something, Carreon. You're something.