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 Aug 22, 2007 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* Sued for book review

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A guy who reviewed a book and called it "classic crackpot" has now been sued by the author.

Nor does this one, in fact. Besides the use of that single term, PZ takes apart the science and lack thereof of Pivar?s book. There can be no libel if no lie is committed in an attempt to defame, and PZ told the truth. In a sense, this is just more cage-rattling, even if it goes to court. But a judge will quickly dismiss the case, I would imagine.

In fact, and I almost hate to say this, I rather hope (just a little) it does go to court. Most judges take a very dim view of frivolous lawsuits. It?s pretty cut and dry that PZ is innocent, and Pivar is trying to shut him down due to a negative review. If it goes to court, Pivar might be in for a lot more than he bargained for.
One can only hope. The best line in the review is as follows: "This book is a description of the development and evolution of balloon animals."

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