Read time: 1 minute

John Oliver Finally Gets Revenge On Coal Baron's Frivolous Lawsuits

Last Week Tonight and HBO were sued for defamation, for telling jokes about Massey Coal's Bob Murray

John Oliver and his team at HBO's Last Week Tonight swung for the Emmy fences on Sunday, and hit a grand slam home run.

The segment was about a lawsuit against them from Bob Murray, coal baron and SLAPP lawsuit filer.

It turns out he is also an alleged (Please note, C&L "legal team") workplace harasser who allegedly (same note) demanded a female employee find his kidney stone on the office carpet, but I digress, and so did John Oliver.

SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation" -- nuisance lawsuits designed to intimidate and silence critics -- illegal in the majority of states. So people like Bob Murray simply file their SLAPP suits in states like West Virginia, where they are NOT illegal.

After two years and a massive legal bill, HBO and John Oliver triumphed, and are able to speak about it.

Or sing on the streets of New York City in full Broadway regalia.

They pulled out all the stops:

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team