Plaintiff, Wounded Warrior Project, is a Virginia-based nonprofit that claims to provide comfort items to service members injured in combat. Defendant Help Indiana Vets operates an Indiana-based website (run by a U.S. Army veteran) that is critical of Plaintiff’s operations, asserting that “Wounded Warrior Project is a Fraud.” Wounded Warrior Project responded by filing this lawsuit in an attempt to force Defendant to change the website.
Defendant seems intent on fighting the lawsuit on behalf of “all Wounded Warriors” and is soliciting donations for a legal defense fund. Veterans, bloggers, free speech and anti-censorship advocates will likely be interested in supporting Defendant in this litigation but it will be an uphill battle since Plaintiff already has a team of high-powered attorneys.
Stay tuned for updates.
Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. v. Help Indiana Vets, Inc. et al
Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-01857-RLY-DML File Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 Plaintiff: Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. Plaintiff Counsel: Jessica M. Lindemann of Barnes & Thornburg LLP Defendant: Help Indiana Vets, Inc., Dean M. Graham Cause: False Advertising, Criminal Deception, Defamation, Common Law Unfair Competition, Tortious Interference with Business Relationships, Unjust Enrichment Court: Southern District of Indiana Judge: Judge Richard L. Young Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch
Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00882-WTL-TAB File Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013 Plaintiff: Carol L. Sissom Plaintiff Counsel: Maria Matters of Maria Matters at Law Defendant: Robert L. Snow, Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Barnes and Nobel Booksellers, Inc., Amazon, Inc. Cause: Copyright Infringement, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Defamation Court: Southern District of Indiana Judge: Judge William T. Lawrence Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker