Sun May 19, 2013, 02:30 PM
DainBramaged (39,189 posts)
The cyberstalker and Bat World Sanctuary [View all]
A mentally troubled cyber-stalker has dedicated much of her life to smearing Randy and ruining his online reputation. It started when Randy agreed to represent Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary in a defamation lawsuit against a woman named Mary Cummins, who says she is the president of something she calls “Animal Advocates,” a suspended non-profit in California. Bat World Sanctuary is the largest rescue/rehabilitation/teaching sanctuary in the world that is dedicated exclusively to bats. Amanda Lollar, its founder and president, is an internationally renowned bat expert. Cummins had briefly interned at Bat World in 2010 but apparently found the work too challenging to complete and left the internship disgruntled. Almost immediately Cummins began defaming Amanda on the internet, falsely accusing her of being cruel to animals, practicing veterinary medicine without a license, getting sanctioned by animal regulatory authorities, and countless other outlandish and false claims. She also started filing complaints against Amanda with virtually every federal and state law enforcement and animal regulatory agency in Texas. (Needless to say, Amanda and Bat World were completely exonerated by all resulting investigations; the investigative reports may be viewed at the Bat World website). Randy agreed to take the case pro bono and filed suit against Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates to stop her defamation. She initially had a lawyer but he withdrew from the case early in the litigation, saying Cummins had lied and her “claims are false.” She even claimed that Randy “assaulted” her during her videotaped deposition. (This absurd allegation was refuted by her own lawyer and disproved by the court reporter’s affidavit and the videotape).
$6.1 million judgment against the cyber-stalker
During a four-day trial in June 2012 veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators and other experts from around the United States testified that Amanda’s knowledge, care, and treatment of bats is essentially the unparalleled gold standard among wildlife rehabilitators. After listening to all of the testimony and depositions, viewing videotapes, scientific literature, and professional publications, Judge Bill Brigham found that Cummins’ lies about Amanda were “egregious as well as malicious as well as intentional” and said that Amanda Lollar is to bats what Jane Goodall is to primates. He ordered Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates to pay $6.1 million in actual and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees (read Star-Telegram article). He also ordered her to remove the defamation from the internet.
An internet smear campaign and frivolous lawsuits
Following the trial Cummins launched a comprehensive internet smear campaign against everyone she apparently blames for her misery—Randy, Amanda, Judge Brigham, Judge Sudderth, Eric Shupps (the IT expert who testified at trial), and even the process server who served her with the lawsuit papers. She has created numerous websites, blogs, and social media pages designed to destroy these people’s reputations and ruin them on the internet. She has also posted as much personal and private information about Amanda, Judge Sudderth, Judge Brigham, Eric Shupps, Bat World, and Randy’s family as she could find on the internet, including home addresses, spouses’ employers, a brother’s legal problems and tragic death, records of financial difficulties, non-profit boards that a spouse serves on, dates of birth, bank records she obtained in the lawsuit, a judge’s personal hobby, a father in a nursing home, veterinary records of pets, real estate data, and countless other items of personal information. For example, she posted on the internet that Randy’s son is adopted. (Of course there is only one reason why a person would do this; fortunately, Randy’s son already knew he was adopted.) This cyber-stalker does search engine optimization (SEO) for money and knows how to spread her venom far and wide. When she was unable to dig up any “dirt” on Randy, Cummins concocted outrageous and despicable lies about him and posted them all over the internet. Not content with smearing trial Judge Brigham on the internet, almost a year after the trial she filed a multi-page rambling complaint containing bizarre and incoherent accusations against him with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Cummins also started filing lawsuits to get revenge. Of course no lawyer is representing her in these personal vendettas but, because she has been involved in 20 lawsuits around the U.S. and has been sued at least four times for defamation, she is savvy enough to act as her own lawyer. In fact, she boasts on her blog, “I always represent myself and I always win.” She filed a federal lawsuit in California against Amanda Lollar, Eric Shupps, and other perceived enemies from her past, alleging defamation and various other legal theories that any nonlawyer can find by doing a Google search. Although Cummins tried desperately to convince the judge that her lawsuit had some merit the case was summarily thrown out of court. She tried to appeal the judge’s ruling but the Court of Appeals tossed it out. She also filed another frivolous lawsuit in California against Amanda Lollar and Bat World claiming that she had been wronged in various ways, including an allegation that she had bumped her head while trying to climb through a window at Bat World. After finding that Cummins had acted in “bad faith” the judge threw out most of her allegations and then transferred her bump-on-the-head claim to a Texas court. Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is demanding $500,000 in that lawsuit for her “injuries,” although the case is expected to be dismissed by summary judgment long before it ever reaches the trial stage.
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