Pivar v. Myers

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Lawsuit

Date: 

08/16/2007

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

New York

Disposition: 

Withdrawn

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
In August 2007, Stuart Pivar sued science blogger P.Z. Meyers and Seed Media Group, LLC (SMG) for defamation in federal court in New York. According to the complaint, Pivar is an "industrial, inventor and scientist" who edited a book called Lifecode, which... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

Stuart Pivar

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Seed Media Group, LLC; Paul Z. Myers

Type of Party: 

Individual

Type of Party: 

Individual
Organization

Location of Party: 

  • New York

Location of Party: 

  • New York
  • Minnesota
  • Delaware

Legal Counsel: 

None
Description

In August 2007, Stuart Pivar sued science blogger P.Z. Meyers and Seed Media Group, LLC (SMG) for defamation in federal court in New York.

According to the complaint, Pivar is an "industrial, inventor and scientist" who edited a book called Lifecode, which puts forth a theory of "biological self-organization." Myers, an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota at Morris, posted critical comments about Pivar's work on his blog, "Pharyngula," which is hosted on SMG's ScienceBlogs.com. Specifically, Myers allegedly referred to Pivar as a "classic crackpot."

Pivar's complaint included claims for defamation and tortious interference with business relations. He sought injunctive relief and $60 milion in compensatory and punitive damages.

Extensive blog commentary on the case was largely derisive of both Pivar and his claims (see "Related Links" below). Only eleven days after filing the complaint, Pivar voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Defamation
  • Business Torts
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • New York

Source of Law: 

  • New York

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

1:07-CV-07334

Relevant Documents: