This is not how James McGibney wanted to be famous.

Presenting himself as a defender of decency in 2013, McGibney still wore victory laurels from a successful defamation suit against ‘revenge porn’ webmaster Hunter Moore. He also enjoyed a large and loyal Twitter following.

But two years and many lawsuits later, McGibney’s image has been tarnished by scandals, his power diminished by a series of social media bans. The worst sting was his abandonment by the C-list celebrities who once endorsed his crusade against people saying mean things about Kate Gosselin on the internet.

Having once blustered about being in close contact with the FBI while he ‘investigated’ his enemies, McGibney’s shtick is no longer taken seriously. He has descended into self-parody.

A substantial ‘online army’ of misfits, skiddies, and amateur internet detectives has been greatly reduced by all the negative attention — and the internet has also turned against the erstwhile anti-bullying bully.

Resisting all his efforts to identify them, an anonymous website has exposed fabrications in McGibney’s resumé, discovered the investors behind his Via View company, enumerated his bankruptcies, identified his current day-job employer, and reported on developments in his various contrived legal dramas.

For those not being directly targeted by his deranged defamation campaigns and hundreds of web domains, McGibney has become an object of comedy.

Sued at least four times since 2013 by alleged victims of libelous pages on his websites, McGibney is a vexatious and impulsive litigant who always tries to shove his diverse foes into a single conspiracy theory.

He filed simultaneous lawsuits in Texas and California against right wing bogeyman Neal Rauhauser, for example, accusing the former progressive activist of associating with yet another picked enemy named Thomas Retzlaff.

While this deranged move earned McGibney a renewed hero status among the shrunken cult who obsess about ‘Twittergate‘ and Brett Kimberlin, it has now ended in a stinging and expensive legal defeat.

Yesterday, a Texas judge found that McGibney’s lawsuit was an attempt to chill Rauhauser’s First Amendment-protected speech — and ordered McGibney to make a substantial financial award in addition to non-monetary penalties.

Seen below, Judge Donald J. Cosby’s order strikes out just one of Rauhauser’s requested remedies: that McGibney be required to march outside the Fort Worth, Texas courthouse for three hours a day over twenty days while wearing a sandwich board.

Despite this minor alteration, McGibney v Rauhauser has broken new ground in application of the state’s anti-SLAPP law and has already been the topic of articles in law journals. He was once a king of Twitter, but now James McGibney is just a footnote in the annals of courtroom self-destruction.

Order Awarding Attorney’s Fees & Sanctions

  • TruthCatcher

    Can LA Asst District Attorney Pat “Patterico” Frey be next on the judicial shit list? I wonder about all the lunatics who blindly followed Frey’s lies about Kimberlin and Rauhauser will feel now that Kimberlin’s lawsuits have reached the discovery phase? Rats jumping the sinking ship perhaps? Numerous questionable recent dismissals of defendants past and present indicate massive settlements of all the hokey fake bullshit these nuts spread on the Internet for years. Now, judgement day is close at hand for all of them, and all they are doing is running for cover.

    • RogerS

      What is going on with the discovery? Does anyone know? Last I checked, there was a protective order. Has any media organization tried to challenge that? I am interested in seeing it. Discovery is where cases get very expensive and the lies are exposed.

    • I am patiently waiting to see this material myself. Whispers in the wind say it’s going to be even better than Aaron Walker’s massive 2012 discovery response error.

  • RogerS

    This is exactly the type of sanctions that need to be imposed on Mr. Frey and Mr. Walker. Other judges need to follow the Texas judge and hit these monsters very hard. Remove their blogs, make them issue online apologies, and turn their pocketbooks inside out. Congratulations to Mr. Rauhauser and his largess is weil deserved. He has conducted himself admirably and stuck to the legal issues. His is a model on how these cases should be handled. Maybe others should be hiring Rauhauser’s lawyer.

    • Sadly, there isn’t any largess anywhere in sight. McGibney has a job but he doesn’t seem to be the sort to hold on to assets even in the best of times. The result of this suit is a fine moral victory.

      If you want something to cheer, the SPEAK FREE Act of 2015 will provide a federal anti-SLAPP statute. This will be nowhere near the neutron bomb that the Texas legislature enacted in 2011, but simply being able to recover costs will shut down a lot of nonsense.

  • William A. Ferguson

    Just got off the Bullyville site where they’ve pretty much rehashed the same old about this recent judgement against them.

    • Because why fix a lie that still works?

  • M.L.

    James McGibney is anything but anti-bully! He has this poor elderly woman in California terrorized and harassed regularly all because she once spoke with someone he just doesn’t like and lies about. He even had some vile man calling himself Priest list this elderly lady on his website. Phone number, address, along with a bunch of lies. James McGibney may have been anti-bully once, but he has far strayed from it for his own self serving personal gain.

    If James McGibney was such a saint, how come he has so many suspended Twitter accounts because of stalking, abuse, threats? He thinks if he labels someone a pedo or bully it justifies his outlandish behavior!

    Here’s some of his suspended accounts.