Predatory Lawsuit Rebounds Back on Iranian Front Group

Trita1Editor’s note: In a great victory for the effort to expose Iranian influence in the U.S., the Legal Project, an initiative of the Middle East Forum, has just announced that a critic stands to be awarded a substantial sum for the cost of legal defense incurred during the course of an abusive lawsuit initiated by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). In hopes of burying writer Hassan Daioleslam in litigation expenses for revealing NIAC’s work as a lobbying agent for the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Council embarked on a protracted and frivolous legal battle against Mr. Daioleslam. Justice, however, was ultimately done.  Below is the Legal Project’s announcement on the court’s decision. 

Reprinted from The Legal Project

Seeking to “hit him hard,” the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and acting president Trita Parsi brought a frivolous defamation lawsuit against a critic.  Now they face a $183,480.09 fine to his legal defense.

On April 8th D.C. District Court Judge John D. Bates ordered this huge penalty because of the abuses which NIAC and Parsi’s perpetrated for over two years during discovery (pre-trial phase where parties exchange evidence) in their nuisance suit brought against Hassan Daioleslam, an Iranian immigrant and editor of the Iranian American Forum.

Mr. Daioleslam’s 2007 writings had exposed NIAC and Parsi’s illicit public relation campaign on behalf of Tehran. In April, 2008 Parsi and NIAC filed Trita Parsi and National Iranian American Council v. Seid Hassan Daioleslam against Mr. Daioleslam. In their defamation suit, Parsi and NIAC alleged that Mr. Daioleslam’s investigative research and writings portrayed them in a false light.

The Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum which works to protect the right in the West to freely discuss Islamist terrorism and other related issues, coordinated Mr. Daioleslam’s pro bono representation by Sidley Austin LLP.  Leading Mr. Daioleslam’s defense, Senior Litigation Partner Timothy Kapshandy requested an array of documents and schedules from NIAC and Parsi to establish that Mr. Daioleslam’s work was merited.  This phase of the litigation lasted over two years and was delayed by Parsi and other NIAC staff’s deliberate abuses.

These abuses include:

Withholding 4,159 calendar appointments from production, including 999 entries that had been deleted and 715 entries that had been double-deleted from their server.  The deleted entries included meetings with Iranian U.N. officials.

Altering internal records by NIAC employee Patrick Disney changing at least 82 references in his calendar from the word “lobbying” to “legislative direct.”

• Withholding 5500 emails to and from Babak Talebi, “NIAC’s cofounder and erstwhile director of community outreach.”  NIAC claimed that these emails did not contain any of the agreed upon search terms, which Judge Bates found “was not true.”

• Failing to include relevant computers and a shared server from production.  This was only discovered due to a forensic sweep conducted by Mr. Daioleslam’s defense.

• Parsi misrepresenting when he used a NIAC desktop from early 2009 to 2010 and failing to explain “what computer he was using during that time.”

• Parsi claiming that his laptop was stolen in a hotel in Norway in March 2010 without ever being backed up.  Not backing up the computer was negligent and sanctionable under the court’s discovery obligations.  Yet Parsi also claimed that the hotel immediately replaced his computer which Mr. Kapshandy argued “win[s] the world championship of hotel service.”

• Withholding emails from Mr. Daioleslam’s defense which NIAC and Parsi showed their own experts:  As Judge Bates chastised NIAC:

“Most disturbingly, plaintiffs apparently gathered emails for their experts that they failed to produce to defendant, which clearly shows that plaintiffs’ statement at the motions hearing that “[t]here may be technical explanations” for the failure to produce these documents is untrue.”

NIAC and Parsi’s defeat follows a heartening trend of these predatory lawsuits financially costing the abuser.  In 2006, the Council of Islamic Relations not only had its defamation suit against Andrew Whitehead dismissed with prejudice, but also reached a “mutually agreeable settlement” in Mr. Whitehead’s favor.  In 2007, Riad Elsolh Hamad’s frivolous defamation suit against Daniel Pipes was dismissed and Hamad was ordered to pay Mr. Pipes’ legal costs.

These cases should all stand as warnings to Islamists seeking to abuse the legal system as a sword and shield to silence their critics.  The costs can be high for them.

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  • Michael Copeland


  • kafir4life

    Is the NIAC a muslim organization? If so, it may explain why they behave the way they do. Many people aren't aware that "muslims" belong to a gutter cult that's called "islam". For those not aware, "islam" was invented a long time ago by a pedophile and criminal named mohamat. this mohamat also managed to write the most holy terror guide, the koran. It's an interesting story…..mohamat had just enjoyed a meal of his favorite pig, or "mom" as he called her. They had just had sex, as was a common activity of mo's when he couldn't find little boys. Well….mo didn't know about the proper way to cook "mom", and ended up with a major belly ache. This led to loose stools which mo dropped in the sand. When he looked at them later (he liked to look at his own stool), they appeared to be arabic words. Mo's feces has been handed down to muslims thru the centuries in the form of the koran.

    • M.J.

      Tell me that story again, daddy.

    • burt

      his name is: Moo Ham Mad, just clumped together

  • Al Zanco

    Since Boston, I've again heard the phrase on tv, "if you see something, say something" (which phrase was originally publicized by the U.S. government). Then we had the "flying Imams" who sued passengers who called police when the Imams where acting suspiciously on a plane. The U.S. GOVERNMENT did nothing legally to intervene on behalf of those passengers, leaving them to fend for themselves.

    The U.S. has become such a sick country.

    • kafir4life

      Isn't it interesting that the saudi that's no longer a person of interest is being deported (rather quickly) following an unscheduled (at least publicly) meeting between the saudi foreign minister and our very own President Stinky (BO) Benghazi at the White House. I'm sure there's nothing to it, nothing to see, nothing to get our knickers in a bunch over.

  • patriothere

    US courts are a joke. jews run the courts. It's all a facade.

    • "gunner"

      "its the jooz, its the jooz," always "the jooz". for crying out loud give it a rest, that line has long ago gone past its sell by date. there is an aggressive and bloody religion seeking to rule the world, by whatever means it takes, but it is not the jews, whom i have found generally decent, peaceable and honest people in my dealings with them.

    • Choi

      Yiur very screen name is LEFT-WING TURNSPEAK, you TREASONOUS POS!

    • Roger

      Did your handlers pay you to say that?
      How much? I really would like to know just how much trista parsi pays you for this propaganda.

      6 minutes ago @ – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
      I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        "I'm here to chase you filth out."…….I admire that Roger…………………William

        • Roger

          He said it, and it was after I had been 'engaging' him for a while and he had lost his temper.

          But these muslim loyal trolls just can't come out and admit why they're here. That time he did.

    • onepornqueen

      You got it half right. The courts are corrupt but it has nothing to do with the juice.

  • jackwisdom

    Bates isn't a Jewish name. Sorry you bloody anti-semite.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Our sworn enemies, what are they doing in America and all of the lice they bring with them?
    Knowing they are here to subvert and colonize America why are our efete politicans not
    taking action against them, could it be they are paid off and with enough money that the
    politico's are thier fetch dogs, seems like it to me. Amaddinnerjacket, I would like to be able
    to answer your murder of many Americans in a personal way……………William

  • "gunner"

    jews have been part of america from our beginning, and without the help of a jewish financier there might have never been an america. look up haym solomon:

    and what did the muslims do for us, besides pirating american ships off the barbary coast, and demanding tribute and ransom.