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Tea Party (TEA) wins Federal Lawsuit over Tea Party Name.
Plaintiffs Drop lawsuit in face of upcoming court trial.
Tea Party to seek $200,000 in damages and court costs.
Tea Party will determine who will be able to use Tea Party name in the future.
The Federal lawsuit that was filed against the Tea Party (TEA) political party eleven months ago has been dismissed in the Southern District Federal court where it was filed in January of this year.
The lawsuit was filed to remove the Tea Party (TEA) name and candidates from the ballot by self-proclaimed “tea party activists” Everett Wilkinson, Tim McClellan, Patricia Sullivan, Michael Caputo and two dozen other plaintiffs.
The lawsuit was used in hundreds of media reports throughout the United States as a legitimate legal challenge to the use of the name, often resulting in headlines stating that “tea party activists were suing the fake or false tea party political party.”
“Today, everyone now knows that the lawsuit was bogus and without legal foundation. It was a deliberate attempt to smear the tea party name and to cast doubt among tea party activists. Currently the plaintiffs face five motions of contempt for openly defying the Judge’s direct orders; $200,000 in legal fees and costs; and Rule 11 motions to hold their attorney’s in contempt of court,” stated Doug Guetzloe, Senior consultant for the Tea Party and one of the defendants named in the lawsuit.
The attorney’s representing the Wilkinson, Sullivan, McClellan plaintiffs have been fired from their own law firm for submitting fake documents to the court thereby perpetuating a fraud on the court. Motions to hold the attorney’s and plaintiffs in criminal contempt are pending.
“This is just the beginning. We will pursue these individuals through the court system until they pay for the damage they’ve done. We will be filing additional lawsuits against all plaintiffs individually and collectively. Now that the law is clear that the TEA Party alone owns the Tea Party name in Florida, we will carefully review the usage of the Tea Party name by other entities using our name in the State of Florida. It is a criminal violation of the Florida law to use the Tea Party name without express written permission.”
“It’s a great day when the system works,” Guetzloe concluded.