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Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal 107

Dynamoo writes "Charles Carreon has reportedly dropped his lawsuit against the creator of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman. This bizarre lawsuit (dubbed a SLAPP suit by the EFF) kicked off after a dispute between Inman and which spun rapidly out of control. Perhaps Carreon has seen sense, but it turns out that there might be an even more bizarre twist in this tale."
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Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal

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  • Very strange. (Score:5, Informative)

    by SniperJoe ( 1984152 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:35AM (#40541521)
    Kudos to Oatmeal for winning this round, but this fight may not be over. Carreon seems to have shown himself to file odd lawsuits but being a lawyer, he isn't a complete idiot. Note that he dismissed his lawsuits without prejudice, which means that he can file them again at any time. He may just be waiting for the bad PR and public focus to go elsewhere before refiling. But kudos to Mr. Inman in the mean time.
  • WTF is the Oatmeal? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:42AM (#40541581)

    I have never heard of the Oatmeal, but I do know about Barbara Streisand. It makes me wonder if wonder if Charles Carreon has.

  • by Trip6 ( 1184883 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:50AM (#40541645)
    If you haven't seen the text of the Inman suit against Carreon [] it is required reading. Someone is going to jail for this one.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:55AM (#40541683)

    If you haven't seen the text of the Inman suit against Carreon [] it is required reading. Someone is going to jail for this one.

    Apparently there's a nutcase filing frivolous lawsuits using Matthew Inman's name for that court filing. Ars Technica has more on it.

  • by Calos ( 2281322 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @11:17AM (#40541835)

    Goodness, I should hope that's obvious for anyone who looks at the linked complaint. An excerpt:

    "...and Charles Carreon went biserk [sic] and irate on me and took my bowl of oatmeal and threw it in my face, Tara Lyn Carreon was originally using her feet under the table and secretly massaging my groin with her toes while mr. [sic] Carreon was trying to blackmail me, so after oatmeal splattered my face, then Tara Carreon kicked me in the groin under the table, everything swelled. Mr. Carreon also poured hot mrs. butterworth [sic] maple syrup on my head to humiliate me..."

    Yeah, totally believable. The only person "going to jail for this one" could be the nutjob who actually filed it.

  • Re:Very strange. (Score:5, Informative)

    by AngryDeuce ( 2205124 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @11:43AM (#40541999)

    Case in point, Jack Thompson:

    In October 2007, Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno sealed court documents submitted by Thompson in the Bar case that depicted "gay sex acts." Thompson's submission prompted U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan on to order Thompson to show cause why his actions should not be filed as a grievance with the court's Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review and Attorney Grievance, but the order was dismissed after Thompson promised not to file any more pornography. Thompson then sent letters to acting U.S. Attorney General Peter Keisler and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter demanding that Jordan be removed from his position for failing to prosecute Florida attorney Norm Kent, who Thompson claimed had "collaborated" with the Bar for 20 years to discipline him.

    In February 2008, the Florida Supreme Court ordered Thompson to show cause as to why it should not reject future court filings from him unless they are signed by another Florida Bar member. The Florida Supreme Court described his filings as "repetitive, frivolous and insult[ing to] the integrity of the court," particularly one in which Thompson, claiming concern about "the court's inability to comprehend his arguments," filed a motion which he called "A picture book for adults", including images of "swastikas, kangaroos in court, a reproduced dollar bill, cartoon squirrels, Paul Simon, Paul Newman, Ray Charles, a handprint with the word 'slap' written under it, Bar Governor Benedict P. Kuehne, a , Ed Bradley, Jack Nicholson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Julius Caesar, monkeys, [and] a house of cards." Thompson claimed that the order "wildly infringes" on his constitutional rights and was "a brazen attempt" to repeal the First Amendment right to petition the government to redress grievances. In response, he sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, referring to the show-cause order as a criminal act done in retaliation for his seeking relief with the court.

    On March 20, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court imposed sanctions on Thompson, requiring that any of his future filings in the court be signed by a member of The Florida Bar other than himself. The court noted that Thompson had responded to the show cause order with multiple "rambling, argumentative, and contemptuous" responses that characterized the show cause order as "bizarre" and "idiotic."

    That's just a taste of that Thompson's madness, and boy is it delicious...

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