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On 12/9/2019 at 7:47 AM, Time Traveller said:

Sounds like his lawyer just found another way to scam more money in lawyer fees out of poor ol' Vern.


Don't be daft.  All these cases in the USA are done on no win, no fee basis. The lawyer would have been in for maybe 40% of the winnings.  That's the way they work.

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It was quite clear and obvious that Musk was referring to Vern . So, you can say anything about anyone as long as you dont directly say their name when its quite clear and obvious that you are ta

I think Mr. Mark Stephen's, Esq. better come to grip with defamation laws as they exist in the USA. One of the key issues was that Unsworth had not shown any tangible damages - on the contrary - no on

Absolutely right. It's gone too far already. Going for such absurdly high damages payments has tarnished Unsworth's rep much more than any tweet would have.   Now is the time to walk away wi

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Elon Musk Beat The "Pedo Guy" Defamation Suit In A Dramatic Victory

“The people that read Musk's tweet wouldn’t have known who [sic!] he was talking about," one juror told BuzzFeed News.

Ryan Mac, BuzzFeed News Reporter


One juror told BuzzFeed News the decision came down to the notion that a reasonable person could not read Musk's "pedo guy" tweet and determine that it was associated with Unsworth. “The judge laid out five points for defamation as soon as we got to point two, which was about being acquainted [with the defamed person], we decided,” said Carl Shusterman, a Los Angeles attorney who served on the jury. “The people that read Musk's tweet wouldn’t have known who [sic!] he was talking about.”

Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/elon-musk-defamation-verdict-vernon-unsworth


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Interesting insight into the actions taken by Musk against Unsworth in an attempt to justify his pedo comment. Musk acted disgracefully but the directions given by the judge was clearly the deciding factor.



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After reading the DailyMail above to note:


The Musk 'pedo' tweet was on 15 JULY 2018



16 JULY 2018 • 9:27PM


British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet  

Mr Unsworth told AFP on Monday he had not reviewed the tweets in full and had only heard about them.

Asked if he would take legal action against the billionaire over the allegation, he said: "If it's what I think it is yes."

The caver added that he would make a decision when he flies back to the UK this week, but said the episode with Musk "ain't finished".




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On 12/8/2019 at 7:35 PM, MarcB said:

Let Vern play it out.
And maybe start another trial in the UK, which will as easily be in favor of Musk.

My opinion, not so smart of Vern when Musk sues for lost time and spent costs.

I might see Vern having to sell his house....

If he's smart, he goes home now and have a beer


The only problem here is in Thailand Vern probably doesn't own 'his' house.

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