Mark Steyn and the just society

From Andrew Bolt we learn Mark Steyn has decided that attack is the best form of defence and has decided to countersue Michael Mann for $10 million!::

As a result of Plaintiff’s campaign to silence those who disagree with him on a highly controversial issue of great public importance, wrongful action and violation of the Anti-SLAPP Act, Steyn has been damaged and is entitled to damages, including but not limited to his costs and the attorneys’ fees he has incurred and will incur in the future in defending this action, all in an amount to be determined at trial, but in any event, not less than $5 million, plus punitive damages in the amount of $5 million.

And if you have any doubts about what it costs to defend an action in the US, you should see the court document Steyn has had to lodge – DEFENDANT STEYN’S ANSWER AND COUNTERCLAIMS TO AMENDED COMPLAINT – where the only people who might come out ahead are the lawyers. It’s a 33-page document, of which this is the first page of detailed rebuttal:

Defendant Mark Steyn, for his Answer to the Amended
Complaint:
1. Denies the allegations in Paragraph One of the Amended
Complaint.
2. Denies the allegations in Paragraph Two of the Amended
Complaint, except admits that Dr Mann self-identifies as a
“climate scientist” and promotes theories about “global
warming” and “climate change”.
3. Denies the allegations in Paragraph Three of the Amended
Complaint, except admits that Defendant Steyn is a critic of
Plaintiff’s theories.
4. Denies the allegations in Paragraph Four of the Amended
Complaint.
5. Denies the allegations in Paragraph Five of the Amended
Complaint.
6. Denies the allegations in Paragraph Six of the Amended
Complaint.
7. Denies knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief
as to the truth of the allegations in Paragraph Seven of the
Amended Complaint.
8. Admits the allegations in Paragraph Eight of the Amended
Complaint and that Plaintiff purports to base jurisdiction
on the statute alleged.
9. Denies knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief
as to the truth of the allegations in Paragraph Nine of the
Amended Complaint.
10. Denies knowledge or information sufficient to form a
belief as to the truth of the allegations in Paragraph Ten
of the Amended Complaint.
11. Denies the allegations in Paragraph Eleven of the
Amended Complaint.

As they say in the US, if there’s only one lawyer in a town he drives a Ford but if there are two they both drive Cadillacs.

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