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Talk Radio's Savage Beats CAIR on Legal Fees

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 04:52 PM

By Jim Meyers

Talk radio host Michael Savage has won the latest round in a fight with an Islamic organization in connection with a copyright infringement lawsuit.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for an advertising boycott of Savage’s Talk Radio Network show after he attacked Islam and the Quran during his Oct. 29, 2007, broadcast.

CAIR posted four minutes of excerpts from the broadcast on its Web site and called for the boycott, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Savage filed suit, charging that CAIR had infringed on his copyright by misappropriating his words and using them for fundraising. He also asserted that the organization was engaged in racketeering and had helped finance the 9/11 terrorist attacks. CAIR denied any connection to terrorism.

In August, Savage decided not to pursue the suit, and CAIR attempted to extract from Savage attorney fees and costs totaling close to $200,000.

A judge ruled in favor of Savage on Nov. 12, denying the Islamic lobby group any attorney fees or costs. The judge found that Savage’s suit was not frivolous, as CAIR claimed.

CAIR filed a motion for reconsideration of that ruling. But on Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California turned aside that motion.

A court document stated that CAIR’s “motion for reconsideration of the November 12 order is denied.”

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