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Juanito Ibarra Ordered to Pay CagePotato’s Parent Company $61,075 in Court Costs Related to 2009 Defamation Lawsuit

(To the victor go the spoils. / Photoshop via MRuss)

Cage Potato is pleased to announce that a troubling legal matter has been settled in our favor. After being named as a defendant in a June 2009 defamation lawsuit filed by MMA trainer Juanito Ibarra, we’ve finally been removed from the frivolous suit, and Cage Potato’s parent company has been awarded $61,075 in attorney fees and associated costs.

The lawsuit stemmed from a September 2008 interview with Tito Ortiz, in which Ortiz claimed that Ibarra had overcharged Quinton Jackson for his training camps, which led to Jackson severing professional ties with Ibarra. Like many other sites, Cage Potato quoted the interview in a blog post, and gave our own thoughts on the matter. Nine months later, Ibarra responded by filing suit against — as well as Ortiz, Jackson, and over 20 web sites and writers — claiming that we damaged his reputation by publishing false information.

Fortunately, Ibarra wasn’t able to prove his claims in court. In September, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Zaven Sinanian granted a motion by our lawyers to dismiss from the lawsuit. Our lawyers then filed a counter-suit to recoup attorney fees and other court costs, which was successful. On October 27th, a Los Angeles judge awarded Cage Potato’s parent company a judgment of $61,075.

Ortiz and Jackson are the only remaining defendants in Ibarra’s lawsuit; all of the other media outlets named in the suit have reportedly either settled with Ibarra or have been removed as defendants.

Because Ibarra never offered proof that Ortiz’s statements were false, and because didn’t re-publish Ortiz’s quotes out of malice towards Ibarra, we always felt that the lawsuit was meritless and motivated by profit — a shakedown, essentially. We applaud the Los Angeles County court system for defending our right to report the news.

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm
speculation that Coach Outlet France could soon senior credit strategist at Bank investors are increasingly concerned
KarmaAteMyCat- November 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm
Xeno and Nicky had me into this shit, I re read all this shit.
g4luck- November 10, 2011 at 4:30 am
Geez and I thought my life was boring can you say "overkill" you guys posting all this crap over something so ridiculous is a huge wast of time. Xenophon congrats on thinking you know everything im sure ill get a nice witty and pointless reply
XENOPHON- November 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Your blessing and free pass are more than Welcome. I have had my turn with the authorities - and spent many nights on the floor of domestic and foreign jails, before I became respectable and a friend to all. Yet it was all in fun, and usually the Military Police where all to willing to either give me an escort or hard fist'ed lesson out of the UCMJ - GRIN
Oakland is alright, as long as one packs a piece at night. Matter of fact, I used to call home for several years directly under the Webster tube....on that little Island called Alameda. If I hadn't left when I did, I would surely been crushed to dadeath as the earthquake collapsed the freeway...I would have assuredly been driving on.
I do travel North to visit, if there is ever a UFC event local in the future,or if I am in town and there is a recommended bar that carries the event...we will need to meet. I will buy the booze or smuggle it in.

You or other's can reach me here:

Ps...hope those cheap bastards at CP send you that t-shrit they owe you...
XENOPHON- November 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Sorry brother Shartacus...this is the only portal I have ever posted on outside some very esoteric Lists. Economics, war, killing...all that kind of good stuff.
What is TCM?
nickyroose- November 9, 2011 at 11:31 am
@Xenophon -- clever girl. Yes I went to law school but I reside in the Oakland area. Nice recall. I spent a lot of time in Neuva Yorke though. Even though you are not directly responsible I made up an email for ben and sent it an email for a t-shirt, and if your rantings is what started the ball rtowards me getting a shirt and I receive said shirt, I give you one free double misdemeanor, lesser felony pass in the bay area. Seriously.
shartacus- November 9, 2011 at 9:49 am
Xeno, have you ever posted at TCM before under the name of Braz? This posting style is very familiar.......
Dan The Viking- November 9, 2011 at 8:57 am
Holy Taco, am I confused. eyeswithanslikethis :S
XENOPHON- November 9, 2011 at 6:31 am
@El Guapo
Are use a Italian handle, made famous by a Dutchman, but you have a preference for Jewish humor about the shhticking, shhhteiny, and shhtories.
My guess is your likely uncircumcised and live in Brooklyn or Lawrence with both wife and dog?
El Guapo- November 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm
You know what, forget I even mentioned it. I'll let you guys get back to your shhtories..
El Guapo- November 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Okaaaay, but if they don't have shlongs... why is the one on the left... shhticking the one in the hat... up the shhhteiny?
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm
I got a big bottle of Drano you put your lips around. I hope when that day comes, you don't choke after the big gulp.
So think that everything on CP is above board, no shenanigans then? They say 80% are believers, no foul in being so trusting - for a pirate that is.
dranokills- November 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm
well I'll be goddamn sheenaphone........did jack off 3 times steal your thunder? Don't worry, you are still douchetard numero uno for me! now now, come down off the drugs you better yet, please go jump off a roof and take dicksucker J3T with you, ok?
smellypiratehooker- November 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm
@ Xeno
When the Dana White, CP sex tape comes out. post it. Until then I'm still gonna have to question alot of your logic and rhetoric
FilmDrunk- November 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm
I want the time I spent trying to understand Xenophon's comments back.
ghostboner- November 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm
@RWR - X Files my favorite show! If only we could replace Dana White with Dana Scully.
HardKnockLife- November 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm
@RwR - haa!
I think the comments were a better read than the article... I always had a suspicion Dana was behind my Free CP T-Shirt!
RwilsonR- November 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm
The truth is out there, XENO.
takeiteasier- November 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm
@nickyroose - email Ben and we will get a t-shirt out to you for being a long term fan!
KarmaAteMyCat- November 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm
I took all the fights down from the net for a few reasons Ill have something up for you after my fight.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm
@danomite --- funny
SethF --- maybe one day, I'll think of something witty
Viva Hate- November 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Congrats on the win! Does this mean why are all going to get laid?
SethF- November 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm
I know I sound like a broken record, but never change, buddy. And submit questions for Ask the Potato, buddy!
danomite- November 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Xenophon's comments remind me of a Dan Quinn rant. You guys should take that 61k and hire him to submit weekly videos containing his unique perspective on MMA, and the world in general.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm
Didn't you once say your an attorney from the NY region?
Click on this Link and look at all the kids running this place, they are as slick as one gets. And have an average age of about 48 years old.
The dopiest one looks like the CFO, and his cutesy baby grin. He look like he likes to be skull fucked while being pinched with his dipples on his cheeks.
They even call it the "Senior Team."
Seriously, they are all business...they do exactly what Dana pays them to do....they gooble the gooey for a monthly retainer.
Have you never asked where all those UFC specific polls get sent - the ones on the right side of ever page?