"You know, you're trying to relitigate something that has passed, gone, finished."
Judge Eileen Bransten to Blaze/CRTV counsel Jeffrey Mitchell of Browne George Ross
New York Supreme Court, September 13th 2018
UPDATE! On June 7th 2019 Blaze TV lost on every single one of almost a hundred claims in their second ten-million-dollar suit against me. Less than a month later, July 2nd, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ordered Blaze to pay me over one million dollars in legal fees.
In February 2017, Cary Katz and CRTV fired me, canceled my TV show, and sued me for $10 million. They lost, comprehensively - that's to say, on every single one of their claims. Nonetheless, they staggered on into a second and then third year of litigation, because a vengeful and unprincipled billionaire refused to accept his defeat. Since the first suit, Katz's CRTV network has ceased to exist. They've now "merged" with Glenn Beck's The Blaze to become part of Blaze TV. So far Katz's second largest shareholder seems to be enjoying it about as well as you might expect, and about as much as the audience. Three of Mark Levin's CRTV colleagues have instantly departed. CRTV, LLC is likewise defunct.
So two-and-a-half years after CRTV sued me for ten million dollars and eighteen months after they lost, totally, we're still here and they're not - as I foresaw ("I promise we shall be here long after CRTV is gone"). Don't know what I ever did to Glenn Beck that made him want to sign on to Katz and Levin's loser suits. We'd always had very cordial relations, and he helped make America Alone and "A Marshmallow World" bestsellers. But times change...
Immediately after their initial loss, Katz decided to double-down on his wrongdoing and mendacity and told us he would never pay the judge's award of damages. Within days of CRTV's defeat going public ("Conservative Pundit Wins $4M From Network That Fired Him"), he and his corporate sock-puppet then re-sued me, this time for a combined $25 million. My old boss Conrad Black, whom Katz named as Grievance 75B in his floppo "statements at issue", wrote a characteristically sharp summary in The National Post of the poker-playing billionaire's tedious and unavailing cases. But, for the benefit of the many lawyers among our readership who purport to be interested in this kind of thing, we provide a more detailed guide as follows:
1) CRTV vs STEYN: THE VERDICT
Here's Judge Gordon's original award in the very first CRTV vs Steyn suit. In this case, I'm the petitioner, in that I had to go to the New York Supreme Court to get the deadbeats CRTV to pay up what Judge Gordon said they owed me.
2) BLAZE TV/CRTV vs STEYN: THE SECOND VERDICT
Here's CRTV/Blaze's return to the American Arbitration Association to sue me second time around for breach of contract, for another $10 million. In this case, I'm the respondent. Yet again Blaze TV lost - on every single one of almost a hundred claims.
3) KATZ vs CRTV: THE SELF-SUING STUNT
Here's Cary Katz's self-suing bollocks in the Clark County Court, Nevada, where Katz's left buttock is suing Katz's right buttock to drive his own company into pseudo-insolvency and therefore be too broke to pay me what it owes. Here, because he's suing himself and is therefore both plaintiff and defendant, I'm the plaintiff-in-intervention.
4) KATZ vs STEYN: THE FEDERAL FLOP
Finally, here's Katz's personal defamation suit in federal court for $15 million. I'm the defendant. This suit was dismissed and the case closed by Judge Jennifer Dorsey on August 16th 2019.
So I've been the petitioner, the defendant, the respondent, and the plaintiff-in-intervention. That's not quite a full set: I've yet to be a counter-claimant-appellant-in-intervention, but give it another week or two...
In addition, Katz and his latest sock-puppet entity "Galaxy Media" (which operates out of the same offices as CRTV and shares the same tireless "sole manager", Elizabeth Wood) have filed multiple fraudulent UCC claims against CRTV in jurisdictions from Virginia to California (see page 14 here).
Now a little more detail:
1) Re the original award, in September 2018 CRTV attempted to do an end-run round Judge Gordon's decision with a last-minute request for an "amended" judgment that Cary Katz had beat the rap. In the New York Supreme Court Judge Bransten called their maneuver "ridiculous" (page 12). Under the sclerotic processes of the New York courts, it took nine months between filing the petition and entry of judgment. But here, very belatedly, is the actual judgment - which then went to appeal before the Supreme Court's Appellate Division. On July 2nd 2019, the First Department of the Appellate Division ordered Blaze/CRTV to pay me over one million dollars in legal fees. So, after passing before seven judges at various levels of the process, every penny of the award to me and Mark Steyn Enterprises has been upheld.
2) Re Katz and CRTV's return to AAA to sue me second time around for $10 million, in this case the pathetic cockwomble was reduced to complaining that by selecting "Oh, Happy Day" and "We Are the Champions" as Songs of the Week I was somehow getting at him. So, as you'll have deduced, this case, like all his cases, went nowhere. On September 24th 2018, the Arbitrator threw out 39 per cent of CRTV's "statements at issue", on the grounds that they had been decided (against CRTV) in the previous suit. In December he tossed "We Are the Champions" and a bunch of other stuff, totaling over 50 per cent of CRTV's aforementioned "statements at issue".
That left "Oh, Happy Day", "Same Old Song and Dance" (an obscure Sinatra single, the citation of which Katz claims defames him), CRTV's attempted heist of my cat tree, and this very SteynOnline post (which counted as five of CRTV's revised "statements at issue"). All of which went to trial in March 2019. In early June a Final Award was issued, ruling that Blaze/CRTV had lost on every single one of those remaining "statements". There were a remarkable number of devastating findings of fact - including that Katz's company hires convicted criminals who intimidate women - and a few more amusing ones, such as the judicial determination that Blaze TV's Chief Content Officer Chris Crane is in fact "potty-mouthed".
Don't know why he would want that on his record, but that's what you risk when you're a wanker who goes to court with no legitimate grievance - that the court upon examination of all these ridiculous non-grievances finds against you, which Philip O'Neill's adjudication does, on a near industrial scale, culminating in a finding (Statement 92 here) that all but rules Katz is a cockwomble, or at any rate is exhibiting cockwomble-esque behavior: a first in American jurisprudence.
The decision concludes (page 45) with a note on Blaze TV's hypocrisy that should embarrass Levin, Beck and the other purported "constitutional conservatives" among its hosts:
'The bedrock guarantee of our society is that people should be able to speak and write freely in public. US Const Amend I; NY Const, art I, Â§ 8. CRTV purports to stand for that principle as its 'primary value'. See Tr. at p.1202 II. 9-15 (Alena Charles, Senior VP MP Marketing Blaze Media, Tr. p.1160 11020-23.) Yet, when push came to shove, CRTV sought to constrain that guarantee in a dispute with one of Its former talents.'
3) Re Cary Katz's self-suing bollocks, here's my motion to intervene. Mysteriously, Katz "settled" with CRTV the day after our intervention (if only all their suits were so easily disposed of), so there was nothing to intervene in. However, Judge Johnson was under no illusion about these phonies:
'In so concluding, this Court appreciates the position taken by MR. STEYN, MARK STEYN ENTERPRISES (US), INC. and OAK HILL MEDIA, INC. the lawsuit filed by MR. KATZ against CRTV LLC, a limited liability compaÃ±y of which he owns the majority of units, is a sham and, in essence, results in a fraudulent conveyance.'
Understandably they'd like to keep much of this bogus self-suing stunt sealed from public view, but Judge Johnson was having none of it, and ruled that merely avoiding a litigant's "embarrassment, incrimination, or exposure to further litigation" is no reason to conceal evidence. Preach it, sister.
4) Re Katz's personal defamation suit for $15 million, it was originally in Nevada District Court but was removed to federal court. In this case, here's my reply to Katz, written in the rather tedious call-and-response format. Nonetheless, connoisseurs may enjoy certain paragraphs along the way, including 21-23. Bottom line:
'Defendants admit that they have made true, non-defamatory statements that correctly describe Plaintiff Katz as "deadbeat," "scofflaw," "dishonorable," "criminal"...'
STEYN: This didn't work for you at the last trial. I thought you might have some new shtick today.
GEORGE: Let's move forward. Let's look at Exhibit --
STEYN: Have you won anything since I last saw you, by the way?
A few days later, Eric M George filed a motion in Las Vegas whining that Defendant Steyn is saying big meanie things about him. Whatever he's won lately, it wasn't this one. As usual, these wanker delaying tactics, irrelevant to the merits of the case, availed him naught. On August 16th 2019 Katz's complaint was dismissed with prejudice and Judge Jennifer Dorsey closed the case.
Any further suits by frivolous abusive malicious harassing litigant Katz and/or his various sock-puppet entities will be posted here. But for the moment, and for the first time in two-and-a-half years, all CRTV/Blaze TV's crappy cases are dead, done and dismissed, following defeat on every single one of this worthless fake-conservative faux-network's stupid claims.
As for Katz's personal defamation suit, on the day that case was dismissed with prejudice I barely noticed because I was basking in my success as America's ratings king. So Katz and his cockwombling associates failed in their broader objective, too. I do hope they won't make the mistake of suing me again.