questions are unfortunately getting close to the
1) "How much are you seeking in
damages?" -- In English law, the Court (i.e.
here, the judge) sets the amount of damages,
categorised for each item, in the event that the
Plaintiff (now renamed the Claimant) prevails.
In the famous 1963 Dr Dering case against my
first publisher, William Kimber Ltd, the
Auschwitz doctor prevailed, but was awarded the
smallest coin of the realm (and had to pay the
costs); Leon Uris's book "QB.VII" was based on
that case. Under the new rules, I am obliged to
make an offer to the defendants; this will be
embarassingly moderate, probably in the nature
of requiring (a) a payment in my name to a
charity for the limbless, in memory of my late
daughter and (b) my costs in the case.
2) "Why sue Lipstadt in particular?"
-- You will have seen what I allegedly told Don
Guttenplan of the NY Times (on my website at
Prof. Lipstadt may find it unfortunate that she
is the one to be taken out of the line and shot.
The fact is that Lipstadt was silly enough to
print her libels within the jurisdiction of the
British courts. Others have been more
circumspect. If Abraham Foxman, who is a
far more pernicious libeller, stuck his head
into the tiger's cage like that -- if he were to
come to London and print similar things about me
-- he would find the same thing happening, with
far more interesting results, as we would then
obtain an order for Discovery of the ADL's
files; and if he did not comply with that, there
would be a place beginning with "p" waiting for
him the next time he came to our shores.
I can reveal that given the role played by
the ADL in this, I did investigate ways of
getting a N Y District Court order for
third-party Discovery against him and the ADL in
this Lipstadt case; in England this might not be
possible, in the USA it certainly is. But I
concluded there were too many imponderables, and
I already have all the documents I need, and
more. Watch this website, once the trial