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Owen Benjamin Versus Patreon: Dissident Comedian Set to Deal Massive Blow to Big Tech Censors

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By Eric Striker | 18 July 2020

NATIONAL JUSTICE — A potential mechanism for punishing tech censorship has materialized.

Nationalist comedian Owen Benjamin and 72 of his fans have won a tentative decision under California’s arbitration law, which was amended by legislation signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019 to put the burden of fees in disputes on the party setting terms.

Prior to January 2020, Patreon’s Terms of Service encouraged disagreements to be settled via arbitration under the assumption that the money and time required would discourage consumers from even trying.

In the case against Patreon, the matter in need of arbitration is related to the company’s abrupt banning of Benjamin’s page for political reasons.  Benjamin and his fans argue that the deplatforming amounts to tortious interference in their business contract. Thanks to Patreon, Benjamin cannot comply with his contractual obligation of providing content for money to his followers due to the tech platform failing in its role as financial middleman. Benjamin is asking for $3.5 million in damages. […]

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5 Comments on Owen Benjamin Versus Patreon: Dissident Comedian Set to Deal Massive Blow to Big Tech Censors

  1. Related:

    Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, July 15, 2020 — What Finally Happened in Our Suit Against Twitter

    At oral argument, Judge Kahn asked opposing counsel this question: “Twitter can discriminate on the basis of religion, or gender, or sexual preference, or physical disability, or mental disability?” Twitter’s lawyers admitted that it claimed that right. Judge Kahn disagreed and ordered our suit to move forward. No suit against a social-media ban had ever reached that stage, and we prepared for battle. We looked forward to taking the testimony of Twitter executives — we would put Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey under oath and make him try to justify censorship. … What then happened baffled both our legal team and Judge Kahn. Ordinarily, when a judge orders a case to move forward, the defendant — in this case, Twitter — has no choice but to fight it out. If it loses, it can appeal. Instead, Twitter petitioned the California Court of Appeal for a writ of mandate and immediate review, something so unusual it left even our appellate practice lawyers scratching their heads. Twitter claimed that, win or lose, merely to have to face a suit of this kind would cause it irreparable damage. Twitter persuaded Facebook, Google, Reddit, Snap (Snapchat), TripAdvisor, Yelp, and others to file a joint brief, agreeing with Twitter that letting our suit go forward would “open a Pandora’s box of litigation burdens and claims of liability against providers.” …The California Court of Appeal didn’t even give our lawyers a chance to reply. It issued a ruling “commanding” Judge Kahn to reverse his original finding that we had a valid case against Twitter based on California’s Unfair Competition Law. … And so, I decided not to appeal.

    • From Jared Taylor yesterday on Gab:

      California just lowered the passing score for the bar exam.

      You have to dig to find the reason: Pass rates, by race, will rise by the following percentages: Blacks: 40 percent, Hispanics: 26.1 percent, Asians: 23.5 percent, Whites: 17.6 percent — And because lower bar scores are associated with lower ethical standards, there will be more suspensions and disbarments.

    • “Change my mind/Prove me wrong”

      Gab/JohnRivers

      We’ve had massive nationwide riots as Jews and Blacks have gone on an Anti-White terror and murder spree – and what do our Billionaire Corporate Overlords do? they side with the Black and Jewish murderers and ban normal White folks from social media — America is Tyrannical and Illegitimate

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        Portland fire commissioner bans all law enforcement agencies from using fire stations as staging area

        Take a good look at the “Portland fire commissioner”: a black (note violation of new AP style rules) woman from Baltimore, a city which is, as I noted before, a locus of black genetic detritus due to several generation of both white and black flight.

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