Mark Zaid

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  1. Board Members: This is to update you all on the status of the litigation. On Friday, November 1, 2019, we filed a Petition for Reconsideration. Essentially, we requested that the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, both the panel of three judges who heard the case and issued the opinion, as well as all members of the Court, reconsider the decision. This is also known as an "en banc" review, which means we asked for the entire Court to evaluate the arguments and reverse the decision of their colleagues. The Plaintiffs have an opportunity to respond before the Court considers the arguments. I will continue to keep everyone updated.
  2. I wanted to alert everyone to a decision that was issued by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which is the appellate court that heard the appeal in the current lawsuit, on October 18, 2019. The Court has reversed the decision of the trial court to dismiss the case outright on summary judgment. This decision did not determine the liability of any party but held that as a matter of law the lower court should not have reached the decisions it did, i.e., the decisions were for the jury to determine rather than the court. I can state outright that we believe the Superior Court decision contained numerous and significant errors of fact and law. The defending parties are considering all available options as to next steps. You can read the decision here: Appellate Court Decision
  3. To CGC Community - After the trial court dismissed their action in its entirety, the Defendants appealed to Superior Court, which is the next level appellate court. I wanted to let you all know that oral arguments are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 530 Walnut Street, 17th floor, Philadelphia. Court begins at 10 am, but we are 9th on the list so we suspect oral arguments (15 minutes each side) will be in the early afternoon. But that can always change. The proceedings are open to the public so we encourage anyone in the Philadelphia area to come watch the arguments. The fact that we prevailed on summary judgment before the trial court, especially in Philadelphia, says a lot. For a number of years, the City of Philadelphia has ranked near or at the top of the list of "hellholes", locations where plaintiffs are perceived to have an incredible advantage. Yet, we prevailed solely on the submission of written filings. We remain steadfast in our view that nothing will change, notwithstanding of course that litigation can always be unpredictable. That said, even the report of their expert comic book witness supports our position that the involved issues constitute opinions and at no time states that any comment was defamatory in nature, which is what you would normally expect to see in an expert report (and I have served as an expert witness in several cases myself). It is likely an appellate decision will not be issued for several months and I shall, of course, report back to the Boards when that occurs.
  4. The Court based its opinion on the information provided to it by both parties. Evidence on restoration was provided by way of deposition transcripts of the Meyers, Matt Nelson and Kenny Sanderson. Harshen Patel and Paul Litch were also deposed. IGB also relied upon a submitted statement by Steve Borock. Obviously CGC's evidence was considered more persuasive by the Judge.
  5. And you are once again asking a question about restoration. So I once again direct you to contact CCS, Matt Nelson or Kenny Sanderson. And if you want to know whether IG's work is reversible or not, I suggest you contact IGB directly.
  6. If you want to ask me a legal question, by all means. For restoration expertise, ask Matt.
  7. FYI, the Meyers have filed a Notice of Appeal.
  8. Honestly, I so dislike the revamped boards. I find it much more difficult to deal with and that post wasn't supposed exist!
  9. Please note that at no time did CGC, or anyone to my knowledge, ever catch a "fake cover" on of the Meyers' books.
  10. I am pleased to report that today the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District in Philadelphia granted the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CGC et al. and dismissed the lawsuit filed by Matthew & Emily Meyers, and their company, in its entirety. A copy of the decision is available to read here: https://docdro.id/h3MHM4Y The Meyers have 30 days to appeal. As the Court noted, "truth is an absolute defense...."
  11. I am pleased to report that today the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District in Philadelphia granted the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by CGC et al. and dismissed the Meyers' lawsuit in its entirety. A copy of the decision is available to read here: https://docdro.id/h3MHM4Y The Meyers have 30 days to appeal. As the Court noted, "truth is an absolute defense...."
  12. Respectfully, I don't see exactly what type of transparency was needed here. There was an unfortunate rare shipping error. The books have gone missing despite having been received by someone according to FedEx. As a result, we have been unable to locate the books so we took the appropriate steps in response. We have taken full responsibility for the mishap and have been in constant, timely contact with the owner of the books and we will be making proper restitution after full discussion and mutual agreement with the individual. In the meantime, the relevant law enforcement authority was notified of the disappearance of the books in case they turn up and it is determined a crime was committed. The relevant facts that the community needed, i.e., that two significant books have gone missing, was then disseminated in the hope the books will turn up. If anyone has further concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. Because there is nothing further that needs to be discussed here, we are going to lock this thread.
  13. There is no geographical limitation nowadays. It could be anywhere in the US, in fact the world. I had a comic stolen from a DC convention once and it showed up in Detroit. That said, they went missing in the North East.