“I stand behind my coverage as accurate. Feinberg wants to sue me? Good. I was at these events. He was physical, dangerous and abusive. I will not take the truth down or will I tell others that ran my reportage to take down their posts either. A real Jewish Rabbi does not hate Jews or Christians. A real Rabbi does not support Hamas who states plainly in their charter to destroy Israel…”
“Feinberg wants a fight. I am anxious for the discovery phase. Dying to know who he is connected to, who he works for and on whose payroll(s) he is on. We need to further investigate his ties to CAIR et al.”
REVIEW: lawsuits around the globe!
The magazine is sued for libel on a regular basis and maintains a large quantity of money as a “fighting fund” (although experience has taught those behind the magazine quick ways to defuse legal tensions, usually by printing a letter from those concerned). As editor, Ian Hislop has become the most sued man in Britain.
Those who have sued the magazine include many famous names, though as the editors noted, while politicians are a prime target they “tend to take their medicine like men”, and the largest number of lawsuits issue from journalists.
An unlikely piece of British legal history occurred in the case Arkell v. Pressdram. The plaintiff was the subject of an article relating to illicit payments, and the magazine had ample evidence to back up the article. Arkell’s lawyers wrote a letter in which, unusually, they said: “Our client’s attitude to damages will depend on the nature of your reply”. The response consisted, in part, of the following: “We would be interested to know what your client’s attitude to damages would be if the nature of our reply were as follows : Fuck off”.
This caused a stir in certain quarters. (…)
The most famous litigation case against the magazine was initiated by James Goldsmith (known within Private Eye’s pages as ‘(Sir) Jammy Fishpaste’ who managed to arrange for criminal libel charges to be brought (effectively meaning that, if found guilty, those behind the Eye could be imprisoned). He sued over allegations that members of the Clermont Set, including Goldsmith, had conspired to shelter Lord Lucan after Lucan had murdered his family nanny, Sandra Rivett. Goldsmith won a partial victory and eventually reached a settlement with the magazine. The case threatened to bankrupt the magazine, which turned to its readers for financial support in the form of the Goldenballs Fund. Goldsmith himself was referred to as Jaws. The solicitor involved in many litigation cases against Private Eye, including the Goldsmith case, was Peter Carter-Ruck (or “Carter-Fuck”, as the Eye referred to him).
Robert Maxwell (Captain Bob) also sued, for the suggestion he looked like a criminal. He won a significant sum. The editor, Ian Hislop, summarised the case: “I’ve just given a fat cheque to a fat Czech.”