CAIR v. Whitehead

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

03/29/2004

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Virginia

Disposition: 

Settled (total)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Andrew Whitehead published statements on his website, Anti-CAIR, that denounced the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a "terrorist supporting front organization" that had strong financial ties to Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations. In April 2004, CAIR sued Whitehead... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Andrew Whitehead

Type of Party: 

Organization

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • District of Columbia

Location of Party: 

  • Virginia

Legal Counsel: 

S. Lawrence Dumville, Reed D. Rubinstein
Description

Andrew Whitehead published statements on his website, Anti-CAIR, that denounced the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a "terrorist supporting front organization" that had strong financial ties to Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations. In April 2004, CAIR sued Whitehead over these and similar comments in Virginia state court. During the discovery phase of the litigation, Whitehead requested extensive documentation regarding CAIR's finances and relationships with Hamas, Saudi Arabia, and Islamist organizations.

In April 2006, shortly before a hearing in which the court was to decide on several of Whitehead's discovery requests, the parties settled, and the case was dismissed with prejudice by stipulation. The terms of the settlement were not made public. Whitehead reported on his website that "the parties have reached a mutually agreeable settlement," but noted that "[t]he policies and procedures of Anti-CAIR (ACAIR) have not changed in any way as a result of the CAIR lawsuit settlement." Whitehead issued no apologies, retractions, or corrections, and the statements that triggered the lawsuit are still posted on his website.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Website

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Virginia

Source of Law: 

  • Virginia

Court Name: 

Circuit Court for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia

Court Type: 

State

Case Number: 

CL04000926-00

Relevant Documents: 

CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

to-do: create separate entry for the letter -- an unpublished entry for the letter is already created on the site.