Tim Ball and John O'Sullivan had a close working relationship, even before Mann sued Ball for libel in March 2011. For example, they co-authored the climate science denial book Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.
Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).
After the recent Reykjavik District Court decisions penalizing a journalist for reprinting publicly-available information and presenting both sides of a domestic dispute, the Icelandic Supreme Court has taken some baby steps towards establishing a free press in Iceland.
Judge Hernandez's ruling is dangerous not because he doesn't believe bloggers are journalists. Rather, it's dangerous because he believes journalists comprise a special class who are entitled to more constitutional rights than the rest of society.
"Royal expert" is a term that covers quite a bit of turf. It's anybody with a British accent, the way anybody in New York with a vowel at the end of his name is an expert on organized crime. Or a criminal.
Your book's been published in the United States for an American audience. Someone who's mentioned in the book doesn't like what you've written and sues you for libel, but he doesn't sue you here, where the book has been published.
Only San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman knows why he chose to sue Tila Tequila. If his purpose was to deflect negative publicity from Tequila's charges of violence and drug use, his filing led to further reporting of Tequila's charges.