Thursday, March 03, 2011

They're Still Bidjerk ... I Mean Bidzirk ... To Me.

* Screenshot of Bidzirk's user ID history
I actually noticed this about a month ago, but it's officially official now.

As many dedicated readers know ... I was involved in a nasty, lengthy legal battle with a company called Bidzirk for most of 2006 & 2007. This eBay consignment company sued me for defamation, invasion of privacy, and copyright/trademark infringement after I wrote an investigative report using my personal experiences as a template for the cautionary piece. None of their claims held up in court and the plaintiff attorney was sanctioned, scolded, and embarrassed in an unprecedented fashion.

Since the case closed, I've moved on with my life ... I got married and I found my true calling as a writer (using my secured rights as a blogger from Bidzirk vs Smith).

I don't update this site as much as I used to, but it earns me a buck or two on occasion and I maintain the telephone recording laws section rigorously.

I think it's noteworthy though that Bidzirk has changed its name to Digglebee.

I don't know what their new logo will look like. I never thought "a monkey" was a good logo for a company anyway ... neither was the name "Bidjerk" ... I mean "Bidzirk". It seems to continue the trend of obscurity and branding hilarity with the name Digglebee.

* Original Bidzirk logo.
The name makes me think of when someone says they laugh so hard it makes them wanna pee ... A GigglePee!

This really is quite funny. I know that the owner of Bidzirk paid tens of thousands of dollars for the original "Bidzirk logo" and related marketing.

* Branding on the side of a building. 
Bidzirk's owner also $PENT $1000's to try and bury my website in search results - buying keywords at Google and using "Reputation Management Companies". This, in turn, caused me to lose 1000's of readers and potentially advertising contracts because of constrained hit totals.

This was recently left as an anonymous comment from someone who worked with Ty Schmidt, Bidzirk's owner & founder:
Just an FYI...Ty Schmidt was so frustrated at not being able to knock off your Bidzirk posts (and he owes so much money to creditors) that he has relaunched Bidzirk as Digglebee. He's on eBay and Amazon, and he'll be selling a wide variety of merchandise, including "adult toys" from his own site (which hasn't launched yet). Enjoy!
This certainly still applies to Bidzirk/Digglebee/Ty Schmidt's actions:

Grey’s Law: 
Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.
From the decision on my case:

The court finds that the degree of Plaintiffs’ counsel’s culpability weighs heavily in favor of sanctioning the Plaintiffs’ counsel, Kevin Elwell (“Elwell”). Elwell is a competent attorney who knew or should have known with the most basic research that his actions were improper. In addition, after Smith moved to strike the lis pendens, Elwell argued in court that the lis pendens was proper. Elwell had no basis to support his position.
From The Washington Park Prophet:

Elwell lost the case on a motion for summary judgment brought by the blogger representing himself, in which the court took pains to explain just how weak the case brought was on the law. The legal theories and tactics he employed in the case described in the linked opinion strongly indicate that Kevin M. Elwell is a grossly incompetent and unethical attorney. The judge was entirely too lenient in sanctioning him in the case linked above which was frivolous.

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