John Margetis and Google lawyer Charles Babcock signed an Agreed Order Granting Dismissal With Prejudice of all claims against Google, Inc. on April 3. The order, signed by Judge Ken Molberg of 95th District Court, does not dismiss any claims against the John Doe defendants, Margetis noted.
"There will be justice," Margetis said in a brief telephone interview today. "I promise you that."
The order notes that Margetis and Google will each pay for their own legal fees in connection with the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Ginger Snap, one of the bloggers targeted by Margetis, proclaimed victory on the blog JoeyIsALittleKid.blogspot.com. Ginger Snap said, "...,Margetis was awarded jack, together with squat with the words in all caps WITH PREJUDICE. And no, that's not the kind of prejudice you can play your gay card on....it means don't you ever waddle up these court steps again with such a pointless, frivolous waste of time."
Among the claims in the lawsuit, Ginger Snap had accused Margetis of being the homosexual lover of former Ellis County Observer blog author Joey G. Dauben, who is now serving a felony prison sentence for sexual assault of a child and for fraudulent use of identifying information in a story he wrote on his blog. Both Margetis and Dauben, who once were associates but reportedly now are enemies, denied any such romantic relationship ever took place.
Curtis Butler, who is also a former associate of Dauben's and apparently had a falling out with him as well, claims that he originally raised the question about the nature of the relationship between Dauben and Margetis.
Ginger Snap denied every accusing them of being in a homosexual relationship, saying the post only raised the question if they were homosexual lovers.
Ginger Snap posts critical stories about people on almost a daily basis. A loyal band of anonymous followers join in the criticism in the comments section almost around the clock. Many people describe the posts and comments as vicious attacks on their character. The most recent target, Bill Windsor of Lawless America, has filed a lawsuit against one of the blog followers that reportedly includes 1,000 John Doe defendants.
For related stories see: http://therarereporter.blogspot.com/2013/03/google-defamation-suit-not-anonymous.html , http://therarereporter.blogspot.com/2013/03/google-seeks-dismissal-of-defamation.html and http://therarereporter.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-texas-man-who-recently-filed.html
The other two John Doe defendants, OReader and Ollie Reader, which are reportedly the same person, took the blog JoeyIsStillALittleKid.blogspot.com, down after the lawsuit was filed in February. Ginger Snap said the author of that blog took it down voluntarily and could restart it at will.
Ginger Snap said the lawsuit had only succeeded in producing documents about Margetis' history that entertained the blog followers.
The Dallas District Clerk's office shows the case has been closed so a new lawsuit would need to be filed to pursue the John Doe defendants. One of the items Margetis sought in the lawsuit was the identities of the anonymous bloggers.