Rakofsky Motion #12 – Allbritton and TBD.com move to dismiss
There is now another motion to dismiss in the Joseph Rakofsky defamation lawsuit. This one was filed Tuesday by defendants Allbritton and TBD.com. Allbritton owns seven broadcast television stations as well as TBD.com. TBD aggregates news stories. This was the post they were sued on, which linked to the original Washington Post article on the subject.
Defense counsel is Jake Goldstein from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.
The motion does not address the content of the material posted, but simply attacks the failure to properly serve the papers properly, that TBD.com is not an entity that can be sued, and the fact that Allbritton is not subject to jurisdiction in New York. (The company is based in Arlington, VA.) While the company owns broadcast television stations, none of them are in New York.
If you want to read their papers, this is the relevant document:Memo in Support of Motion to Dismiss
Update 6/25/12: Reply Memo of Law: Reply Memo