Ward v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al

Filing 119

STATEMENT OF FACTS in support of 116 MOTION for Summary Judgment by John Ward, Jr. (Patton, Nicholas)

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Ward v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al Doc. 119 Case 4:08-cv-04022-JLH Document 119 Filed 10/14/09 Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION JOHN WARD, JR. Plaintiff V. CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. Defendant. No. 4:08cv4022 JLH JURY TRIAL DEMANDED PLAINTIFF'S STATEMENT OF MATERIAL FACTS In a defamation case, the status of the plaintiff as a private figure or a public figure determines the burden of proof regarding fault. Cisco bears the burden of proving that Ward is a public figure. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment is a no-evidence summary judgment motion. The following facts demonstrate that Ward is a private figure plaintiff and that Cisco has no evidence upon which to elevate Ward to public figure status. (1) Ward has not attained the type of wide-spread notoriety required to make him a general purpose public figure. Cisco can offer no facts to the contrary. (2) Ward is not a limited purpose public figure because he has not intentionally and voluntarily thrust himself into the public spotlight with respect to the issue of patent reform in an attempt to influence the outcome of that debate. Cisco can offer no facts to the contrary. (3) Ward has not taken trips to Congress to lobby regarding the issue of patent reform. See Exh. D to Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. (4) Ward has not met with governmental officials to discuss patent reform. See Exh. D to Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. (5) Ward has not given any public lectures, speeches, or press releases on the issue of patent reform. Dockets.Justia.com Case 4:08-cv-04022-JLH Document 119 Filed 10/14/09 Page 2 of 2 (6) Ward has not published articles on the issue of patent reform. (7) Because Ward is not a public figure, he is a private figure plaintiff as a matter of law. Respectfully Submitted, Nicholas H. Patton State Bar No. 63035 Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder, LLP 4605 Texas Boulevard Texarkana, Texas 75503 903.792.7080 / 903.792.8233 (Fax) Patricia L. Peden LAW OFFICE OF PATRICIA L. PEDEN 1316 67th Street Oakland, California 94612 Telephone: 510-268-8033 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE This is to certify that on this 14th day of October, 2009, a true and correct copy of the foregoing was served electronically upon: Richard E. Griffin Charles Babcock Crystal Parker Kurt Schwarz JACKSON WALKER, LLP 1401 McKinney Suite 1900 Houston, Texas 77010 Attorney for Defendant Cisco Systems, Inc. Nicholas H. Patton

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