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Monday, June 16, 2008

Cease and Desist to Citizen McCaw

Continuing their scorched earth policy when it comes to criticism of the Santa Barbara News-Press, it seems the producers of Citizen McCaw are the most recent target. This from one of their producers, Sam Tyler:

Wendy McCaw, through her attorney Barry Cappello, recently sent us two "cease and desist" letters regarding future showings of our film Citizen McCaw. Our attorneys, John Keker (Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, CA) and David Greene (The First Amendment Project in Oakland, CA) sent Mr. Cappello a written response.

We are now actively moving forward with plans to show Citizen McCaw again, several times in local theaters in October, after which we will release the film to television.

We will have no further comment on legal matters at this time.

The Producers of Citizen McCaw

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Anonymous Mr. Moreno said...

This is stunning. And then again, it's not. Wendy just had her head handed to her in the Paterno case, so you'd assume she'd think twice before going after the producers of "Citizen McCaw.

She has zero chance of prevailing in any case against them. Cappello must know that, so this is strictly legal harassment. Classic McCaw.

6/16/2008 7:06 AM  
Anonymous logic said...

So, the producers consider themselves a target. They are being targeted by the person they targeted with their film? Interesting.

6/16/2008 9:10 AM  
Anonymous not too happy or bright, that one ... said...

She attacks one after another, compounding her problems. Must really like the attention.

6/16/2008 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Logic Is in the Eye of the Beholder said...

"Logic..." Duh..Wendy threatens people who hang their opinions in a window; of course the movie's producers are targets. Their window is a lot bigger and so is their sign. But Wendy's mess is of her own making; you start throwing crap around and eventually somebody's going to throw it back (only she hires lawyers to throw it for her).

To paraphrase Forrest Gump: "Logic is as Logic does." Logic tells me the best way not to get hit with road apples is don't throw 'em. Mind telling Wendy that? Could save her some money.

6/16/2008 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Turn the page said...

Don't want to jinx it, but especially now that the Paterno suit is in the dumper, this latest Cappello threat is going to turn out to be no more than a bluff. Cappello had to know from the get-go that the film was well-lawyered, and with this recent Court of Appeal ruling confirming that publications with a point of view -- even one (OMG!) critical of the perfect invincible Wendy -- are fully protected by the First Amendment, Cappello has to be advising his client that to sue the producers would just be an invitation to pay the producers' lawyers a tidy sum to toss her sorry butt out of court.

6/17/2008 5:51 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Let's watch our language when showing our passion folks -- been close to leaving some of this out.

6/17/2008 8:17 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Release it on DVD! $10 a pop!

6/19/2008 11:26 PM  

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