Corrected June 24, 2011 @ 11:35PM ET
It’s official, Dan Parisi and Whitehouse.com have dropped all claims filed against Books-A-Million; Barnes & Noble, Inc and Barnesandnobles.com LLC in the $30 Million defamation suit brought on May 28, 2010. While U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon had already granted Barnes & Nobles and Books-a-Million’s motions for summary judgment and to dismiss on March 31, 2011 and certified the March 31, 2011 ruling as a final judgment on June 1, 2011, Parisi’s counsel Richard J. Oparil of Patton Boggs LLP filed “Consent Motions” to dismiss their claims.
Parisi had to make a decision as to whether or not to appeal Judge Leon’s March 31, 2011 decision to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals or whether to withdraw their claims against the booksellers. Parisi chose to drop its claims against B&N and BAM but has filed a Motion for Reconsideration as it relates to Amazon.com. Parisi has
until July 1, 2011 in 30 days after the Motion for Reconsideration is disposed of to file an appeal with the DC Circuit as to Amazon.com.
Parisi has a Motion for Reconsideration pending as it relates to Judge Leon’s March 31, 2011 ORDER dismissing his claims against all three booksellers, asking Judge Leon to reverse his finding as to Amazon.com. Parisi now wants to claim he is a citizen of Pennsylvania and that the laws of PA should apply after months arguing by sworn affidavit that he was a citizen of the District of Columbia. We are confident that Parisi will fail in his reconsideration effort and are of the opinion the Rule 59 Motion was filed solely as a means to
In light of Judge Richard Leon’s ORDER dated June 21, 2011 granting dismissal with prejudice as to Parisi claims against Barnes & Noble, the Court has Larry’s Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment of Parisi’s claims and the cross-claims filed by B&N.
Parisi v Sinclair 1:10-cv-00897-RJL is still under an ORDER of Judge Leon Staying the case pending Judge Leon ruling on dispositive motions pending before the court. Currently their are two Motion’s to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment pending Judge Leon’s ruling.