Savage Drops Suit Vs. CAIR
August 15, 2008 at 5:38 AM (PT)
TALK RADIO NETWORK's MICHAEL SAVAGE is dropping his suit against the COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS over the group's boycott of his show.
The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reports that SAVAGE, whose earlier copyright and racketeering suit against CAIR was previously thrown out of federal court but was given an opportunity to refile an amended version of the suit, will not be proceeding with the suit. His attorney DANIEL HOROWITZ told the paper that SAVAGE is dismissing the suit due to "factors arising out of this litigation," and HOROWITZ' fears that SAVAGE would be in danger over-continuing the case, although he has no evidence CAIR has ever committed violent acts.
The original suit arose from CAIR posting excerpts of SAVAGE's show to promote the boycott, and SAVAGE's contention that the group, which he has alleged is a "mouthpiece of international terror," violated his copyright in the material. A judge ruled that CAIR was engaged in fair use and that even if SAVAGE could prove that CAIR is involved in terrorism, he had not shown that it affected him or the show.