Truth and justice prevails. I sued Gary Bench ( aka Squidly77 ) for defamation. He apologized and settled.

Masked man at computerOver three years ago, I commenced a lawsuit against an anonymous blogger. He went by the name of Squidly77 and was posting statements which were defamatory and damaging to me personally and to my real estate business. I tracked him down(a fascinating story in itself), and when I unmasked him, it turns out his real name is Gary Michael Bench. This person was completely unknown to me previous to this lawsuit.

Holding Gary Bench (aka Squidly77) accountable for his lies and receiving a public apology was a matter of principle for me. 

Mike FotiouMany of the things he was saying were outright lies.  It finally went to trial, and when it was his turn to take the stand, he chose to settle the matter “out-of-court.” He issued an apology and signed an Agreement. At the request of Gary Bench,  I agreed not to disclose the terms of the Agreement and settlement. My original statement of claim was seeking approximately half-a-million dollars in damages from Gary Bench.

Gary Bench’s apology (Gary Bench was known to the blogosphere as Squidly):

Apology from Gary Bench******

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4 responses to “Truth and justice prevails. I sued Gary Bench ( aka Squidly77 ) for defamation. He apologized and settled.

  1. “At the request of Gary Bench, I agreed not to disclose the terms of the Agreement and settlement.”

    The above is a lie sir. Retract it or I will take legal action to have it removed.

    It’s the truth, and it’s not being removed. -Bob

  2. “Many of the things he was saying were outright lies.”

    I want this removed to. Nothing was proven. I fucking mean it, take it down or legal action will be taken

  3. I mean it man, I am in jeopardy of losing a $400,000 a year contract due to your “in breach of settlement” claims.

    • Gary, you need to give it up. You lost, and I’m glad Truman kicked your ass. Good to hear there were consequences to your illegal behavior.

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