The Honey Badger Radio lawsuit against Calgary Expo and The Mary Sue has received an official trial date of November 29th through the 30th. It’s set to take place later this year in 2017, which may seem far off, but is actually rather timely based on the average court case, which can sometimes take up to two years to get underway.
The news came via a tweet from the Honey Badgers, which you can view below.
Judge found that all of our causes of action had merit. Trial to commence November 29-31st b/c we ran out of time at the hearing.
— Honey Badger Radio (@HoneyBadgerBite) January 14, 2017
According to the tweet chain, they had so much information to share that the judge felt they needed more time than what was given during the initial hearing and set the trial date for later in the year. They mentioned in the chain that they were okay with the way things turned out because it could have been delayed even further.
Back in December of 2016 the Honey Badgers informed their audience via social media and YouTube that they managed to get a court date setup on January 12th, 2017 where they would bring their case in front of a judge and explain all of what happened. That event did manage to come to pass, but now they’ll have to roll out their entire case in front of the court during the trial between November 29th and November 30th, in 2017, later this year.
They’re suing Calgary Expo and The Mary Sue for spreading misinformation and damaging claims about the Honey Badgers attending the expo for the purpose of harassment. The lies about the incident spread through the media, painting them in a very negative light.
Honey Badgers are the first group to sue after being labeled as #GamerGate harassers. The media has been rolling with that description for more than two years without any evidence that harassment had taken place whatsoever. The hearsay reached a boiling point for the Honey Badgers who were kicked out of the Calgary Expo back in 2015 for being #GamerGate supporters. The judge obviously felt as if they had a real case on their hands and decided to give them a fighting chance in court at the end of this year.
The Honey Badgers have been crowd-funding their efforts to appear in court and managed to accrue more than $16,000 on their Feed the Badger funding page. If the case does manage to go through, and the judge finds Calgary Expo and the Mary Sue at fault, it could spell ill-tidings for th media at large who ran with the whole #GamerGate harassment narrative.
(Main image courtesy of Honey Badger Brigade)