Owen Benjamin and his fans have prevailed in their legal battle with Patreon.
According to reporting by Mike Cernovich, the Judge in the case has finalized a ruling ordering Patreon to pay at least $10,000 in arbitration fees to Benjamin and 100 of his fans.
Patreon banned alt comedian Benjamin for his political views last year. When Benjamin and his fans opened up arbitration over tortious interference in accordance to Patreon’s Terms of Service, the tech giant changed its rules in the middle of the dispute and counter-sued to intimidate the complainants.
Cernovich and other lawyers are estimating that silencing Benjamin could cost Patreon up to $20 million dollars in legal fees this year. If other victims of Patreon censorship, like Carl Benjamin (‘Sargon of Akkad’), were to pursue arbitration, they could bankrupt the company.
Various payment processors like Paypal also have arbitration clauses in their terms of service. The Paypal monopoly is one of the most aggressive political censors on the internet, as reporting by National Justice has shown.
Victims of suppression should flood the California courts with lawsuits and arbitration requests as soon as possible, as it is likely the tech companies will try to get politicians to change the law sooner or later.
So far, Benjamin’s case has been the only counter-punch against the tech totalitarians to land. The Republican Party and Donald Trump have demonstrated a l ack of will to punish Silicon Valley due to the fact that companies like Google and Facebook have bribed them into throwing the fight. Political dissidents may find that smart and tactical litigation is a much better and more effective route.
For the first time, the saying “get woke, go broke” has come true.