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Nairaland / General / Defamation Case: Wabote Wins Again As US Court Clears Him Of Fraud. by maxti: 12:29pm On Jan 30
https://realnewsmagazine.net/news/118613-Defamation-case-Wabote-wins-again-as-US-court-clears-him-of-fraud-denies-Udes-motion-7-times


JACKSON Ude, editor-in-chief, Pointblanknews.com’s, string of losses in the motions he instituted in the defamation suit Simbi Kesiye Wabote, executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, brought against him continues to mount. Between 2021 and January 28, Ude has lost about seven motions he brought to the court seeking to upstage Wabote. On the other hand, the US court superintended by Judge Joseph Leeson Jr. has upheld all the motions sought by Wabote against Ude.

The latest dismissal of Ude's motion took place on Thursday, January 27, at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, whereby Judge Joseph Leeson Jr. issued another order ECF 100, denying Ude’s request for reconsideration and stating that it made its first ruling on the merits of argument, and that the court again finds no misconduct from Wabote or his attorneys.

Realnews reports that the Thursday order came after Benneth O. Amadi, lawyer to Ude, on Wednesday, January 26, filed ECF 99, an appeal, requesting the reconsideration of the court's prior ruling that Wabote and his attorneys have not committed any misconduct regarding discovery or any alleged banking accounts.

Ude’s appeal was contained in a letter dated January 26, 2022, signed by Amadi and addressed to Honorable Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 504 West Hamilton Street, Suite 3401, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101.

The letter sighted by Realnews is entitled: “Re: Wabote v. Ude C.A. No. 5:21-cv-02214-JFL. Defendant’s request for a Reconsideration of this Court’s erroneous decision, Dkt. #98, on Defendant’s Request, Dkt. #91, for: Sanctions against the Plaintiff and his Attorneys for committing fraud on the court, for perjury and for acting in subornation of perjury in this case. Alternatively, Defendant requests for an order of this court mandating the Plaintiff and his attorneys to appear and show cause why they should not be held in contempt and/or sanctioned by this court.”

The letter asked Judge Leeson, Jr., “to take a second look at, and to reconsider, and prevent the manifest error and prejudice in the erroneous denial of the Defendant’s request for sanctions and/or for an order to show cause against the Plaintiff and his counsel, Dkt. #91. The reconsideration is respectfully necessary because the court committed manifest error of law or fact to the detriment and prejudice of the Defendant and the honest administration of justice in this case.”

Amadi submitted that without considering Defendant’s letter on its merits, the court denied Defendant’s said letter, Dkt. #91, on the incorrect belief that Defendant did not consult with the Plaintiff before filing the letter, among other things.

He stated that the plaintiff was duly consulted several days before the filing was made and submitted that the purpose of the “motion to reconsider is “to correct manifest errors of law or fact or present newly discovered evidence.

“Respectfully, my investigations still reveal, among other things, that those Bank Accounts associated with Plaintiff at the Zenith Bank of Nigeria and at the Fidelity Bank of Nigeria are still presently active, and still being operated to his benefit. This court is respectfully asked not to take the deceitful and fraudulent conducts of Plaintiff Wabote in this case for granted. It is noteworthy Plaintiff never revealed the existence of these bank accounts. But when their existence was discovered and revealed by the Defendant, Plaintiff started engaging in further fraudulent conducts to frustrate the honest administration of justice in this case, to the detriment and prejudice of the Defendant. Reconsideration of this court’s 1/20/22 ruling, Dkt. #98, is humbly requested in the interest of the honest administration of justice and to prevent manifest injustice.”

However, after reviewing Amadi’s lawyer request, the judge once again dismissed the motion for lacking merit. In denying the defendant’s letter-request, ECF No’s. 99, the judge explained: “The Court denies Ude’s letter-request to reconsider because he has not shown an intervening change in the law, the availability of new evidence that was not available when the Court issued its Order dated January 20, 2022, see ECF No. 98, or the need to clear error of law or fact to prevent manifest injustice. See Max’s Seafood Café ex rel. Lou-Ann, Inc. v. Quinteros, 176 F. 3d 669, 677 (3d Cir. 1999).

“Contrary to Defendant’s assumption, the Court did not deny Defendant’s prior requests (ECF No’s. 90 and 91) for technical reasons only. The Court denied his request for sanctions after it considered the merits of the parties’ letter-briefs and oral arguments. See Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 44–45 (1991) (explaining that district courts have the inherent power to decide whether sanctions are imposed or not).”

Realnews exclusively reported that the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on January 5, struck out Ude’s motion to dismiss the case of defamation. Also Realnews in December last year wrote a detailed story of the opinion of the judge when Ude’s motion against Wabote was first dismissed.

In dismissing “Ude’s motion in its entirety,” the court viewed it as “in conclusory, boilerplate type language: insufficient process; insufficient service of process; and failure to join a party under Rule 19. Ude’s Motion does not mention these defenses again. Nor are these defenses mentioned in Ude’s Reply. As a result, the court finds these defenses to be “[t]hrow-away arguments left undeveloped [and they] are also considered waived.”

The umpteenth dismissal of Ude’s case was contained in a two-paged paged document by Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., United States District judge, in the case which listed Ude as the defendant with Wabote as the plaintiff. Contrary to Ude’s claim, Judge Leeson Jr. ruled that the “Court has subject matter jurisdiction over Wabote’s claim and also has personal jurisdiction over Ude.” In addition, the judge rule that the venue is proper against Ude’s claim who wanted the case to be in Nigeria, adding that “Forum non conveniens does not warrant dismissal”.

The court also ordered Ude to enter into a protective order before Wabote is required to disclose any banking or other personal and sensitive information. It gave Ude December 22, 2021, deadline for completion of fact discovery in the original scheduling order and to file dispositive motions by January 4, 2022, while all other deadlines remain in full force and effect.

He ordered that Ude’s failure to comply with this Ordermay result in a Show Cause Order or contempt proceedings.

According to court document sighted by Realnews, “Jackson Ude, a former Nigerian citizen now residing in Pennsylvania, owns and maintains a website where he publishes Nigerian news articles. One such article accuses Simbi Kesiye Wabote of accepting bribes and paints him as a corrupt Nigerian government official. Wabote filed suit against Ude in this Court, claiming that the article constitutes defamation.

“From Ude’s perspective, Wabote’s lawsuit is baseless, and its true purpose is to harass Ude. For this reason, Ude filed counterclaims against Wabote alleging abuse of process, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

“Both parties then filed motions to dismiss the others’ claims. For the reasons below, the Court denies Ude’s motion and grants Wabote’s motion.”

The court dismissed the counterclaims on November 24, upon consideration of the parties’ letter briefs and after a telephone conference held on November 22, during which both parties presented argument.

The court document sighted by Realnews stated that both Wabote (Plaintiff) and Ude (defendant) were represented by their attorneys Michael D. Cilento and Benneth Onyema Amadi, respectively.

Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., United States District judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who presided over the case, ordered that “The court Plaintiff’s Request... is moot because Defendant’s counterclaims have been dismissed.” Leeson stated that Ude’s (Plaintiff) Interrogatory is moot because his counterclaims have been dismissed.

The order stated that: “Depositions for Mr. Wabote and Mr. Ude are to be held in person within the area encompassed by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The judge overruled Ude’s objections to Wabote’s requests for production of evidence. “Defendant is ordered to produce the documents requested in Plaintiff’s Requests for Production 1–14 or, if Defendant does not possess the requested documents, inform Plaintiff of such, in a writing signed by defense counsel and also signed by the defendant,” the judge ordered.

The court also overruled Ude’s objections to Wabote’s interrogatories and ordered him to answer them fully and completely.

According to the court documents, “the facts of this section are taken largely from the Amended Complaint and accepted as true, with all reasonable inferences drawn in Wabote’s favor for purposes of deciding Ude’s Motion to Dismiss. See Lundy v. Monroe Cty. Dist. Attorney's Office, No. 3:17-CV-2255, 2017 WL 9362911, at *1 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 11, 2017), report and recommendation adopted, 2018 WL2219033 (M.D. Pa. May 15, 2018). The Court’s recitation of the facts does not include legal conclusions or contentions unless necessary for context. See Brown v. Kaiser Found. Health Plan of Mid-Atl. States, Inc., No. 1:19-CV-1190, 2019 WL 7281928, at *2 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 27, 2019). For purposes of deciding Wabote’s Motion to Dismiss, the Court accepts as true all facts alleged by Ude in the Counterclaim. See Counter. ECF No. 14.”

In the court document, which was sighted by Realnews, Judge Leeson, Jr. struck out Ude’s case on “5th day of January 2022, … after considering the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss defendant’s amended counterclaims and affirmative defenses in the action, and the defendant’s response,” based on the reasons given in the Court’s October 21, 2021, opinion in the case.

The court dismissed “Ude’s counterclaims without prejudice for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.” According to the judge, Ude’s “amended counterclaims are little more than a copy and paste of his dismissed counterclaims. Defendant simply dresses the amended counterclaims with the necessary elements, but “a formulaic recitation of a cause of action’s elements will not do,” citing the case of Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 540, 545 (2007).”

The judge stated that “at their core, Ude’s amended counterclaims still suffer from the same deficiencies as his original counterclaims. For that reason, there is no need to further analyze the amended counterclaims with another lengthy opinion; the Court hereby incorporates its October 21, 2021, Opinion as its reasoning for dismissing Defendant’s amended counterclaims.”

Also, the “Court dismisses Defendant’s amended counterclaims with prejudice because he had an opportunity to cure his counterclaims’ deficiencies but did not. Any additional amendments would therefore be futile. See Boyd v. New Jersey Dept. of Corrections, 583 Fed. Appx. 30, 32 (3d Cir. 2014).”

Realnews also reported that Ude has been struggling to defend himself in the defamation suit when for the third time in a space of one month the US court ruled against Ude in a complicated case of motions both him and Wabote brought against each other. In one of the order, the American court squashed the subpoenas Ude issued to five banks, including three from Nigeria to provide Wabote's banking details.

Prior to this, Realnews on December 22, 2021, reported that the while dismissing his motion during one of the court sessions, the court ordered Ude to enter into a protective order before Wabote is required to disclose any banking or other personal and sensitive information. It gave Ude December 22, 2021, deadline for completion of fact discovery in the original scheduling order and to file dispositive motions by January 4, 2022, while all other deadlines remain in full force and effect.

Also, on January 5, 2022, the court while dismissing “Ude’s motion in its entirety” viewed it as “in conclusory, boilerplate type language: insufficient process; insufficient service of process; and failure to join a party under Rule 19. Ude’s Motion does not mention these defenses again. Nor are these defenses mentioned in Ude’s Reply. As a result, the court finds these defenses to be “[t]hrow-away arguments left undeveloped [and they] are also considered waived.” (to see details click the link)

Another court order against the publisher of the Pointblanknews.com was given by Leeson, Jr. on “this 12th day of January, 2022, upon consideration of Plaintiff’s letter-briefs, see ECF Nos. 81 and 84, Defendant’s response letter-brief, see ECF No. 85, and after a telephone conference held on this date,1 during which both parties’ presented argument.”

Again, the editor-in-chief of Pointblanknews.com, lost his reliefs in the defamation suit on January 20, when the court denied his motion and granted that of Wabote. The court gave its order after listening to both Wabote and Ude represented by their lawyers who argued their cases on Wednesday, January 19.

The court in ECF 97 Order which Realnews sighted granted the plaintiff’s (Wabote) request and stated that Ude (Defendant) must sit for an additional deposition and must answer all questions that he is asked, including all questions surrounding PointBlankNews and the identities of the reporters and editors that allegedly worked there and worked on the defamatory story.

Realnews reports that Ude during his earlier deposition December 21, 2021, evaded providing the names of his colleagues at the Pointblanknews.com on the grounds that they are endangered by the nature of the investigative work they do Nigeria and could be killed if their identities are known.

Also, the court ordered Ude's attorney not allowed or make any speaking objections during the additional deposition, adding that he should not coach the witness during deposition. Realnews reports that the transcript of the deposition showed that Wabote's counsel had argued with Ude's lawyer that he was speaking during objection and trying to coach him during deposition.

Realnews also reports that in ECF 98 Order, the judge denied Ude's requests and ordered that the Wabote does not need to respond further to interrogatories or document requests. The order stated that Wabote does not need to respond to the false allegations surrounding the Tee & T company or its bank accounts.

The court ruled that Wabote and his attorneys have not committed any perjury or fraud and have acted completely proper throughout the litigation and discovery process.

Judge Leeson Jr. made the order following a letter Cilento wrote to the court on January 19, 2022, requesting the court among other things, to dismiss the letter-briefs from Ude to the court dated January 14, 2022 (ECF 90), January 15, 2022 (ECF 91) and January 14, 2022 (ECF 90) and media reports on which the allegation of perjury is hinged.

Realnews gathered that on January 10, 2022, Wabote (Plaintiff) served Ude (Defendant) with responses to the later’s “Second Requests for Production and Interrogatories (the “Responses”) in compliance with this Court’s Order of December 21, 2021 (ECF 74).”

However, Cilento, in his letter, stated: “For the first time, on Friday, January 14, at 3:33pm, Defendant raised certain issues with the Responses, requesting that Plaintiff supplement the Responses within one hour by 4:30pm that same day. Defendant then immediately filed his ECF 90 letter that same night, obviously making no real attempt to discuss or resolve the purported discovery issues.”

Because of this, counsel to Wabote urged the court to “outright reject Defendant’s January 14, 2022 letter for failing to meaningfully confer or attempt resolution as required by Your Honor’s Policies and Procedures.”

He also explained to the court that Wabote “has submitted responses to Defendant’s purported issues, as shown in the true and correct copy of a letter dated and sent today to Defendant’s counsel attached hereto as Exhibit A. January 15, 2022 (ECF 91) Letter”

According to the Cilento’s letter, which Realnews sighted, Ude and "his counsel’s January 15, 2022, letter is the most recent frivolous and ludicrous attempt by Defendant and his counsel to manipulate and deceive this Court and the public, and to spin fake news narratives out of this case.”

Realnews reports that it was after the court granted Cilento’s reliefs that Ude’s lawyer went to court again and lost out on behalf of his client. What this means is that Ude will now sit for his second deposition on February 9, during which he is expected to reveal the names of the reporters and editors who worked with him on the defamation story. It should be recalled that Ude, in his first deposition, refused to reveal their names because he claimed that their lives are endangered because of the dangerous work they do in Nigeria in unravelling corruption in government.

However, the judge ruled that he can provide the names of the reporters and editors without stating which portions of the story they contributed to.

Since the efforts of Amadi to stop his client from revealing the names of the reporters have failed, interest parties will now wait for the outcome of the February 9, deposition to see if Ude will under oath reveal the name
Nairaland / General / Defamation Case: Wabote Wins Again As US Court Clears Him Of Fraud, Denies Ude's by maxti: 8:42pm On Jan 29
https://realnewsmagazine.net/news/118613-Defamation-case-Wabote-wins-again-as-US-court-clears-him-of-fraud-denies-Udes-motion-7-times


JACKSON Ude, editor-in-chief, Pointblanknews.com’s, string of losses in the motions he instituted in the defamation suit Simbi Kesiye Wabote, executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, brought against him continues to mount. Between 2021 and January 28, Ude has lost about seven motions he brought to the court seeking to upstage Wabote. On the other hand, the US court superintended by Judge Joseph Leeson Jr. has upheld all the motions sought by Wabote against Ude.

The latest dismissal of Ude's motion took place on Thursday, January 27, at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, whereby Judge Joseph Leeson Jr. issued another order ECF 100, denying Ude’s request for reconsideration and stating that it made its first ruling on the merits of argument, and that the court again finds no misconduct from Wabote or his attorneys.

Realnews reports that the Thursday order came after Benneth O. Amadi, lawyer to Ude, on Wednesday, January 26, filed ECF 99, an appeal, requesting the reconsideration of the court's prior ruling that Wabote and his attorneys have not committed any misconduct regarding discovery or any alleged banking accounts.

Ude’s appeal was contained in a letter dated January 26, 2022, signed by Amadi and addressed to Honorable Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 504 West Hamilton Street, Suite 3401, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101.

The letter sighted by Realnews is entitled: “Re: Wabote v. Ude C.A. No. 5:21-cv-02214-JFL. Defendant’s request for a Reconsideration of this Court’s erroneous decision, Dkt. #98, on Defendant’s Request, Dkt. #91, for: Sanctions against the Plaintiff and his Attorneys for committing fraud on the court, for perjury and for acting in subornation of perjury in this case. Alternatively, Defendant requests for an order of this court mandating the Plaintiff and his attorneys to appear and show cause why they should not be held in contempt and/or sanctioned by this court.”

The letter asked Judge Leeson, Jr., “to take a second look at, and to reconsider, and prevent the manifest error and prejudice in the erroneous denial of the Defendant’s request for sanctions and/or for an order to show cause against the Plaintiff and his counsel, Dkt. #91. The reconsideration is respectfully necessary because the court committed manifest error of law or fact to the detriment and prejudice of the Defendant and the honest administration of justice in this case.”

Amadi submitted that without considering Defendant’s letter on its merits, the court denied Defendant’s said letter, Dkt. #91, on the incorrect belief that Defendant did not consult with the Plaintiff before filing the letter, among other things.

He stated that the plaintiff was duly consulted several days before the filing was made and submitted that the purpose of the “motion to reconsider is “to correct manifest errors of law or fact or present newly discovered evidence.

“Respectfully, my investigations still reveal, among other things, that those Bank Accounts associated with Plaintiff at the Zenith Bank of Nigeria and at the Fidelity Bank of Nigeria are still presently active, and still being operated to his benefit. This court is respectfully asked not to take the deceitful and fraudulent conducts of Plaintiff Wabote in this case for granted. It is noteworthy Plaintiff never revealed the existence of these bank accounts. But when their existence was discovered and revealed by the Defendant, Plaintiff started engaging in further fraudulent conducts to frustrate the honest administration of justice in this case, to the detriment and prejudice of the Defendant. Reconsideration of this court’s 1/20/22 ruling, Dkt. #98, is humbly requested in the interest of the honest administration of justice and to prevent manifest injustice.”

However, after reviewing Amadi’s lawyer request, the judge once again dismissed the motion for lacking merit. In denying the defendant’s letter-request, ECF No’s. 99, the judge explained: “The Court denies Ude’s letter-request to reconsider because he has not shown an intervening change in the law, the availability of new evidence that was not available when the Court issued its Order dated January 20, 2022, see ECF No. 98, or the need to clear error of law or fact to prevent manifest injustice. See Max’s Seafood Café ex rel. Lou-Ann, Inc. v. Quinteros, 176 F. 3d 669, 677 (3d Cir. 1999).

“Contrary to Defendant’s assumption, the Court did not deny Defendant’s prior requests (ECF No’s. 90 and 91) for technical reasons only. The Court denied his request for sanctions after it considered the merits of the parties’ letter-briefs and oral arguments. See Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 44–45 (1991) (explaining that district courts have the inherent power to decide whether sanctions are imposed or not).”

Realnews exclusively reported that the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on January 5, struck out Ude’s motion to dismiss the case of defamation. Also Realnews in December last year wrote a detailed story of the opinion of the judge when Ude’s motion against Wabote was first dismissed.

In dismissing “Ude’s motion in its entirety,” the court viewed it as “in conclusory, boilerplate type language: insufficient process; insufficient service of process; and failure to join a party under Rule 19. Ude’s Motion does not mention these defenses again. Nor are these defenses mentioned in Ude’s Reply. As a result, the court finds these defenses to be “[t]hrow-away arguments left undeveloped [and they] are also considered waived.”

The umpteenth dismissal of Ude’s case was contained in a two-paged paged document by Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., United States District judge, in the case which listed Ude as the defendant with Wabote as the plaintiff. Contrary to Ude’s claim, Judge Leeson Jr. ruled that the “Court has subject matter jurisdiction over Wabote’s claim and also has personal jurisdiction over Ude.” In addition, the judge rule that the venue is proper against Ude’s claim who wanted the case to be in Nigeria, adding that “Forum non conveniens does not warrant dismissal”.

The court also ordered Ude to enter into a protective order before Wabote is required to disclose any banking or other personal and sensitive information. It gave Ude December 22, 2021, deadline for completion of fact discovery in the original scheduling order and to file dispositive motions by January 4, 2022, while all other deadlines remain in full force and effect.

He ordered that Ude’s failure to comply with this Ordermay result in a Show Cause Order or contempt proceedings.

According to court document sighted by Realnews, “Jackson Ude, a former Nigerian citizen now residing in Pennsylvania, owns and maintains a website where he publishes Nigerian news articles. One such article accuses Simbi Kesiye Wabote of accepting bribes and paints him as a corrupt Nigerian government official. Wabote filed suit against Ude in this Court, claiming that the article constitutes defamation.

“From Ude’s perspective, Wabote’s lawsuit is baseless, and its true purpose is to harass Ude. For this reason, Ude filed counterclaims against Wabote alleging abuse of process, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

“Both parties then filed motions to dismiss the others’ claims. For the reasons below, the Court denies Ude’s motion and grants Wabote’s motion.”

The court dismissed the counterclaims on November 24, upon consideration of the parties’ letter briefs and after a telephone conference held on November 22, during which both parties presented argument.

The court document sighted by Realnews stated that both Wabote (Plaintiff) and Ude (defendant) were represented by their attorneys Michael D. Cilento and Benneth Onyema Amadi, respectively.

Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., United States District judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who presided over the case, ordered that “The court Plaintiff’s Request... is moot because Defendant’s counterclaims have been dismissed.” Leeson stated that Ude’s (Plaintiff) Interrogatory is moot because his counterclaims have been dismissed.

The order stated that: “Depositions for Mr. Wabote and Mr. Ude are to be held in person within the area encompassed by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The judge overruled Ude’s objections to Wabote’s requests for production of evidence. “Defendant is ordered to produce the documents requested in Plaintiff’s Requests for Production 1–14 or, if Defendant does not possess the requested documents, inform Plaintiff of such, in a writing signed by defense counsel and also signed by the defendant,” the judge ordered.

The court also overruled Ude’s objections to Wabote’s interrogatories and ordered him to answer them fully and completely.

According to the court documents, “the facts of this section are taken largely from the Amended Complaint and accepted as true, with all reasonable inferences drawn in Wabote’s favor for purposes of deciding Ude’s Motion to Dismiss. See Lundy v. Monroe Cty. Dist. Attorney's Office, No. 3:17-CV-2255, 2017 WL 9362911, at *1 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 11, 2017), report and recommendation adopted, 2018 WL2219033 (M.D. Pa. May 15, 2018). The Court’s recitation of the facts does not include legal conclusions or contentions unless necessary for context. See Brown v. Kaiser Found. Health Plan of Mid-Atl. States, Inc., No. 1:19-CV-1190, 2019 WL 7281928, at *2 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 27, 2019). For purposes of deciding Wabote’s Motion to Dismiss, the Court accepts as true all facts alleged by Ude in the Counterclaim. See Counter. ECF No. 14.”

In the court document, which was sighted by Realnews, Judge Leeson, Jr. struck out Ude’s case on “5th day of January 2022, … after considering the plaintiff’s motion to dismiss defendant’s amended counterclaims and affirmative defenses in the action, and the defendant’s response,” based on the reasons given in the Court’s October 21, 2021, opinion in the case.

The court dismissed “Ude’s counterclaims without prejudice for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.” According to the judge, Ude’s “amended counterclaims are little more than a copy and paste of his dismissed counterclaims. Defendant simply dresses the amended counterclaims with the necessary elements, but “a formulaic recitation of a cause of action’s elements will not do,” citing the case of Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 540, 545 (2007).”

The judge stated that “at their core, Ude’s amended counterclaims still suffer from the same deficiencies as his original counterclaims. For that reason, there is no need to further analyze the amended counterclaims with another lengthy opinion; the Court hereby incorporates its October 21, 2021, Opinion as its reasoning for dismissing Defendant’s amended counterclaims.”

Also, the “Court dismisses Defendant’s amended counterclaims with prejudice because he had an opportunity to cure his counterclaims’ deficiencies but did not. Any additional amendments would therefore be futile. See Boyd v. New Jersey Dept. of Corrections, 583 Fed. Appx. 30, 32 (3d Cir. 2014).”

Realnews also reported that Ude has been struggling to defend himself in the defamation suit when for the third time in a space of one month the US court ruled against Ude in a complicated case of motions both him and Wabote brought against each other. In one of the order, the American court squashed the subpoenas Ude issued to five banks, including three from Nigeria to provide Wabote's banking details.

Prior to this, Realnews on December 22, 2021, reported that the while dismissing his motion during one of the court sessions, the court ordered Ude to enter into a protective order before Wabote is required to disclose any banking or other personal and sensitive information. It gave Ude December 22, 2021, deadline for completion of fact discovery in the original scheduling order and to file dispositive motions by January 4, 2022, while all other deadlines remain in full force and effect.

Also, on January 5, 2022, the court while dismissing “Ude’s motion in its entirety” viewed it as “in conclusory, boilerplate type language: insufficient process; insufficient service of process; and failure to join a party under Rule 19. Ude’s Motion does not mention these defenses again. Nor are these defenses mentioned in Ude’s Reply. As a result, the court finds these defenses to be “[t]hrow-away arguments left undeveloped [and they] are also considered waived.” (to see details click the link)

Another court order against the publisher of the Pointblanknews.com was given by Leeson, Jr. on “this 12th day of January, 2022, upon consideration of Plaintiff’s letter-briefs, see ECF Nos. 81 and 84, Defendant’s response letter-brief, see ECF No. 85, and after a telephone conference held on this date,1 during which both parties’ presented argument.”

Again, the editor-in-chief of Pointblanknews.com, lost his reliefs in the defamation suit on January 20, when the court denied his motion and granted that of Wabote. The court gave its order after listening to both Wabote and Ude represented by their lawyers who argued their cases on Wednesday, January 19.

The court in ECF 97 Order which Realnews sighted granted the plaintiff’s (Wabote) request and stated that Ude (Defendant) must sit for an additional deposition and must answer all questions that he is asked, including all questions surrounding PointBlankNews and the identities of the reporters and editors that allegedly worked there and worked on the defamatory story.

Realnews reports that Ude during his earlier deposition December 21, 2021, evaded providing the names of his colleagues at the Pointblanknews.com on the grounds that they are endangered by the nature of the investigative work they do Nigeria and could be killed if their identities are known.

Also, the court ordered Ude's attorney not allowed or make any speaking objections during the additional deposition, adding that he should not coach the witness during deposition. Realnews reports that the transcript of the deposition showed that Wabote's counsel had argued with Ude's lawyer that he was speaking during objection and trying to coach him during deposition.

Realnews also reports that in ECF 98 Order, the judge denied Ude's requests and ordered that the Wabote does not need to respond further to interrogatories or document requests. The order stated that Wabote does not need to respond to the false allegations surrounding the Tee & T company or its bank accounts.

The court ruled that Wabote and his attorneys have not committed any perjury or fraud and have acted completely proper throughout the litigation and discovery process.

Judge Leeson Jr. made the order following a letter Cilento wrote to the court on January 19, 2022, requesting the court among other things, to dismiss the letter-briefs from Ude to the court dated January 14, 2022 (ECF 90), January 15, 2022 (ECF 91) and January 14, 2022 (ECF 90) and media reports on which the allegation of perjury is hinged.

Realnews gathered that on January 10, 2022, Wabote (Plaintiff) served Ude (Defendant) with responses to the later’s “Second Requests for Production and Interrogatories (the “Responses”) in compliance with this Court’s Order of December 21, 2021 (ECF 74).”

However, Cilento, in his letter, stated: “For the first time, on Friday, January 14, at 3:33pm, Defendant raised certain issues with the Responses, requesting that Plaintiff supplement the Responses within one hour by 4:30pm that same day. Defendant then immediately filed his ECF 90 letter that same night, obviously making no real attempt to discuss or resolve the purported discovery issues.”

Because of this, counsel to Wabote urged the court to “outright reject Defendant’s January 14, 2022 letter for failing to meaningfully confer or attempt resolution as required by Your Honor’s Policies and Procedures.”

He also explained to the court that Wabote “has submitted responses to Defendant’s purported issues, as shown in the true and correct copy of a letter dated and sent today to Defendant’s counsel attached hereto as Exhibit A. January 15, 2022 (ECF 91) Letter”

According to the Cilento’s letter, which Realnews sighted, Ude and "his counsel’s January 15, 2022, letter is the most recent frivolous and ludicrous attempt by Defendant and his counsel to manipulate and deceive this Court and the public, and to spin fake news narratives out of this case.”

Realnews reports that it was after the court granted Cilento’s reliefs that Ude’s lawyer went to court again and lost out on behalf of his client. What this means is that Ude will now sit for his second deposition on February 9, during which he is expected to reveal the names of the reporters and editors who worked with him on the defamation story. It should be recalled that Ude, in his first deposition, refused to reveal their names because he claimed that their lives are endangered because of the dangerous work they do in Nigeria in unravelling corruption in government.

However, the judge ruled that he can provide the names of the reporters and editors without stating which portions of the story they contributed to.

Since the efforts of Amadi to stop his client from revealing the names of the reporters have failed, interest parties will now wait for the outcome of the February 9, deposition to see if Ude will under oath reveal the name
Family / Re: So I Am Getting A Divorce... How Do I Adjust? by maxti: 8:03am On Jan 08
You will be alright.
Nothing to be ashamed of, neither should you worry about any mockery.

You need to discuss the terms of divorce properly to accommodate needs of the kids.

Staying financially stable is one important factor.

You might be vulnerable at this point, dont allow anyone take advantage of you.

Lastly, life isn't a competition. Don't be moved by what happens next on the life of your ex.

A Neighbor got divorced with 4 kids, because he ex remarried, she rushed to get married too.
She paid for everything by herself and it didn't end well.

Live your life, you will be fine.

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Crime / Re: Nigerian Caught With Fake US Dollars, Arrested In South Africa (Photo) by maxti: 6:17pm On Dec 31, 2021
Too bad!
Jobs/Vacancies / Re: NGO Jobs by maxti: 1:53am On Dec 14, 2021
uthlaw:
not opening!

https:///ngojobsite
Just type ngojobsite and search on Telegram
Education / Re: A Big Modern Primary School With Students At Agbado Lagos Is For Sale!!! (Pics) by maxti: 12:10am On Dec 03, 2021
otipoju:
Which of the schools is this. TIFEDAYO ? or the other two government schools sharing the same junction.

It has to be Tifedayo. Its the private school existed way back 1990 sef. More than 40 years old.

Our own Former Tifedayo.
I just wish I could buy it Back for the Memory of the Late Proprietor.
Phones / Re: My Wife Was Robbed Of Iphone 11 Yesterday In Lekki. How Can I Track It? by maxti: 10:16am On Oct 10, 2021
I wonder why peeps keep saying phone tracking doesn't work.
SIB in Bayelsa does it for just 15k.
Career / Salary Scale For Cooperative Staff by maxti: 7:41pm On Oct 06, 2021
I am urgently in need of Salary Scale for Staff of Multi Purpose Cooperative Societies.
Salary Scale From the Manager to Desk Officer.
Would Appreciate Diverse Contributions.
Thanks.
Jobs/Vacancies / Re: 20 Dropshippers Needed In Each States by maxti: 8:49pm On Aug 03, 2021
Let's Rep Bayelsa

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Education / Re: Students Of NDU Complain Over Dirty Water Supplied To Hostels (Pics& Video) by maxti: 9:15am On Feb 08, 2021
FAKE NEWS!
NO HODTLE IN NDU HAS SUCH A SMALL SIZED CUP ( TANK) .
Phones / Re: Deceitful Offer From Jumia, Please Help!! by maxti: 10:19pm On Nov 25, 2020
Kindly report to FCCPC.

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Technology Market / Re: Scrabs Items For Sale.. Going Very Cheap!!!!!!! by maxti: 4:42am On Jan 06, 2019
Interested in the Lenovo laptop. O 80 5730739 6
Science/Technology / Re: 9 Lionesses Brutally Attack Lion At West Midlands Safari Park by maxti: 7:31am On Sep 11, 2018
"Two other males stepped back and didn't get involved while the females attacked the leader. He may have ate before his turn."

This got me laughing so so so loud!

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Romance / Re: Update On The Girl I Met In A Stripers Club by maxti: 3:33pm On Sep 02, 2018
Just One at a Time.

God Bless your Good heart!
....... But... Please, try not to get lost while trying to save another

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Politics / Re: Nigerians Dig Out Picture Of Buhari And Osinbajo Drinking Tea With N20 Milo by maxti: 1:56pm On Aug 28, 2018
jchioma:


You don't get it?

Zombies are praising him as a sign of prudence and austerity, just like they hailed him for seating on a "torn" chair, but those with foresight called it hypocricy.


I do Sir. Thanks
Politics / Re: Nigerians Dig Out Picture Of Buhari And Osinbajo Drinking Tea With N20 Milo by maxti: 5:50pm On Aug 25, 2018
They area probably at a workshop! what were u expecting? A 1kg Tin?
Family / Re: My Husband's Pride Wants To Ruin Our Home by maxti: 5:07am On Jul 15, 2018
HEseesall:



He doesnt want that, i suggested it he said no, he has to be in charge fully not jointly

He is a bad man
DONT CHANGE IT.
If you do, you will regret it
Politics / Re: Bill To Compel Companies To Hire ‘indigenes’ Passed By Akwa Ibom Assembly by maxti: 10:07am On Jun 10, 2018
Afam4eva:
I don't like this kind of law. It;s tantamount to just dividing the country, so that everyone can rest. Instead of this, why not compel companies to to employ people who have lived in the state for at least 2 years because these people are also contributing to the state through taxes.
Exactly my thoughts. We keep demeaning "one Nigeria"
Politics / Re: Bayelsa Workers Protest With Coffin Against Governor Dickson (Photos) by maxti: 4:20pm On May 14, 2018
This is long overdue
Celebrities / Re: Sir Victor Uwaifo: "Simi Is In Trouble For Stealing From Me" by maxti: 8:50am On May 12, 2018
BeemaxWorld:
What a disgrace to Nigeria. Please how many presidents do we hear always leaving their country to another country for medical checkup.

Nigeria president going for checkup in UK is a big shame to the country as a whole. If the Nigerian president is not confident about the health care system in his country, then I wonder about the masses that can't even afford a trip by bus to neighboring countries.

The number one citizen of a country finding better health care outside his country and leaving those he rules to die in the country.

We are coming for all politicians soon. We will end all corrupt lives by all means. It is a greater war than that of the child's play Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are doing but we know we will be fighting a greater course.

All level of government will be wiped out and the humble shall rule.

We are getting ready to what has never been seen before in Nigeria. No Level for any useless cabal from the presidency.

This is just a brief information for what is expected.


This is last long overdue
Crime / Re: Ugandan Man Storms Police Station With Rats That Ate His Money In A Box. Photo by maxti: 8:47am On May 12, 2018
Solstar:
Only a naturally intelligent person who is trying to scam the State can push a case this far, and trust me, in all fairness he will win. Those rats are declared a threatened specie on the road to extinction and are protected from being killed and he didnt kill them, so now he needs compensation and interest. In the absence of laws prohibiting home storage of values in form of legal tenders, he will win. That is if the case is not struck out as a desperate strategy of a nutcase.

Exactly my thoughts
Jobs/Vacancies / Re: How To Apply For Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition 2018 by maxti: 8:43am On May 12, 2018
Dumdumfashion:
When I see stuffs like these I always want to apply but something in me always keeps telling me that those that will benefit have already been selected somewhere and am just wasting my time. Like if you agree. Am sure am not alone in this. I could be wrong though

Not in all cases.
Nairaland / General / Re: Big Python Killed In Uhonmora, Edo State By My Brother (Photos) by maxti: 11:19pm On Apr 29, 2018
Mind!
Education / Re: Students Of Creek Senior High School, Apapa Heading into a Street Fight (Video) by maxti: 10:26am On Apr 28, 2018
anochuko01:
it used to be worse those days o!
iganmode
tomia
ansarudeen
ac school


and them likes.
those sets have graduated to become politicians and political thugs of today.



I sight u. Abi na Alagbado u grow?
Crime / Re: Lady Arrested For Videoing Her 3-Year-Old Twin Sons Engaging In Gay Act In Lagos by maxti: 6:36am On Apr 26, 2018
I suspect we already missed the Rapture!

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Family / Re: Lady Celebrates Married Girlfriend Who Is About To Start Cheating by maxti: 6:33am On Apr 26, 2018
Best of Luck...



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