Patent Troll Tracker Blogger and lawyer Richard Frenkel is now a defendant in two defamation suits: one by John Ward Jr., a partner in Ward & Smith in Longview, Texas (and son of U.S. District Judge T. John Ward (E.D. Tex.)) and another by Eric Albritton of the Albritton Law Firm in Longview, Texas.  Both plaintiffs contend that Frenkel injured their reputation by making false factual assertions on his Patent Troll Tracker blog during the course and scope of his employment at Cisco that plaintiffs conspired with the “Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas” to “alter documents to try to manufacture subject matter jurisdiction where none existed” and that plaintiffs “conspired with others to alter the filing date on a civil complaint,” according to the complaints filed in both cases.

One of plaintiff’s attorneys asserts that Frenkel’s allegations in the blog are not “protected speech” under First Amendment law.

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