Fort Worth, TX, June 14, 2012 -- As you may be aware, the courts found that Bat World Sanctuary has been the target of a malicious and deliberate defamation campaign launched by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates and Cummins Real Estate Services. This smear campaign lasted almost two years. We are happy to report that our battle is finally over, and we arose victorious.
Randy Turner and Peekaboo, an orphaned Egyptian fruit bat at Bat World Sanctuary.
Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar were represented pro bono by Randy Turner, one of the best animal rights attorneys in the country. Turner was voted "Texas Super Lawyer" in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, and has never once lost an animal rights case. Mr. Turner and his paralegal, Kelly Bozeman, worked tirelessly for Bat World Sanctuary throughout this ordeal. Mary Cummins was accepted for an internship at Bat World in 2010, and left disgruntled only a few days after arriving. Shortly thereafter, she began posting horrific allegations of animal cruelty and neglect against our Founder and President, Amanda Lollar, and made repeated complaints to animal welfare groups and government agencies, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the USDA, the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Attorney General, the Department of Justice, the USDA, the IRS, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Veterinary Board, and the Mineral Wells Chief of Police, City Manager, Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement, Health Inspector, and District Attorney. Lollar welcomed investigations, and every agency that investigated found Cummins complaints to be completely without merit.
As she has done in previous lawsuits, Cummins represented herself throughout most of the case and during trial. Cummins' former attorney, Neal Callaway, withdrew from representing her after she accused him of sleeping during her court-ordered deposition. Cummins went on to accuse Randy Turner of touching her hand inappropriatly during this same deposition, despite the fact that seven people and two video cameras were present in the room (and no such behaviour was either witnessed or recorded). Ms. Cummins was also found in Contempt of Court.
Cummins has been involved in over 20 lawsuits and has been sued four times for defamation.
The trial, which lasted four days, also included the testimony of two veterinarians who have worked with Amanda Lollar, as well as former Bat World interns. Both veterinarians testified that they would rather take an injured bat to Amanda Lollar than attempt to rehabilitate it themselves. One vet even testified that she would drive a bat from South Dakota to Texas so it could receive Amanda Lollar's care. Lollar testified to Cummins' history of victimizing others using the internet. Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar sought 4-million dollars in damages due to Cummins' outrageous acts.
Amanda Lollar and Barney, an elderly African zoo bat who was slated for euthanasia before being rescued by Bat World Sanctuary.
At the trial's conclusion, Judge William Brigham compared Lollar's reputation in caring for bats to that of Jane Goodall's care for primates. The Judge stated that Cummins defamation of Lollar was egregious, intentional and malicious. He awarded a judgment of 6.1 million in damages. His verdict was read immediately after closing statements. Turner stated that it is rare for a Judge to deliver an immediate verdict at the end of a trial.
While we prevailed in this fight, our cyber-harasser continues to post defamatory and false information on the internet about Bat World Sanctuary, Amanda Lollar and Randy Turner. We doubt that we will ever see any portion of the 6.1 million dollar judgment awarded to us, however, our plans to raise the funds for a larger sanctuary, complete with indoor-outdoor flight cages and a teaching hospital, will continue. And, of course, we will share videos and photos of our progress.
Lollar, who has authored both scientific and popular literature, plans to write a book about her personal nightmare regarding this case. She hopes to bring about changes in the legal system regarding internet harassment and stalking as there are few legal remedies available to victims. This type of vicious behaviour is on the rise and lifelong careers can be ruined with a few simple clicks of the mouse. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Bat World Sanctuary.
Thank you, our treasured Bat World members, for supporting us throughout this ordeal.
More About Bat World's Cyber-Stalker:
This page has been created in response to numerous blogs, websites, and social media postings created by a cyber-stalker to ruin Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar's online reputation.
Defamation of Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary
A mentally troubled cyber-stalker has dedicated much of her life to smearing the reputations of Bat World Sanctuary and its Founder and President, Amanda Lollar.
It started when a woman named Mary Cummins, who says she is the president of something she calls Animal Advocates, a suspended non-profit in California attended an internship with Bat World Sanctuary. Mary Cummins apparently found the intership too challenging to complete and left the internship disgruntled.
Almost immediately Cummins began defaming Amanda on the internet, falsely accusing her of being cruel to animals, practicing veterinary medicine without a license, getting sanctioned by animal regulatory authorities, and countless other outlandish and false claims. She also started filing compaints against Amanda with virtually every federal and state law enforcement and animal regulatory agency in Texas. (Needless to say Amanda and Bat World were completely exonerated by all resulting investigations.)
Randy Turner, a renowned Animal Rights attorney, agreed to take Bat World's case pro bono and filed suit against Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates to stop her defamation. Mary Cummins initially had a lawyer but he withdrew from the case early in the litigation, telling the court that "Cummins had lied and her claims are false." Mary Cummins even claimed that Randy Tuner physically "assaulted" her during her video-recorded deposition while her lawyer was "asleep." (This absurd allegation was refuted by her own lawyer and disproved by the court reporter's affidavit and the video.)
$6.1 million judgment against our cyber-stalker
During a four-day trial in June 2013 highly trained expert veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators and other experts from around the United States testified that Amanda's knowledge, care, and other treatment of bats are essentially the gold standard among wildlife rehabilitators. After listening to all of the testimony and depositions, viewing videos, scientific literature, and professional publications, Judge Bill Brigham found that Cummins' lies about Amanda were "egregious as well as mailicious as well as intentional" and said that Amanda Lollar is to bats what Jane Goodall is to primates. He ordered Mary cummins of Animal Advocates to pay $6.1 million in actual and punitive damages as well as attorney's fees (read Star-Telegram article.) He also ordered her to remove the defamation from the internet.
An internet smear and intimidation campaign
Following the trial Mary Cummins launched a comprehensive internet smear campaign against everyone she apparently now blames for her misery -- Randy, Amanda, Judge Brigham, Judge Sudderth, Eric Shupps (the IT expert who testified at trial), and even the process server who served her with the lawsuit papers. Mary Cummins has created hundreds of websites, blogs, and social media pages which have no apparent purpose other than to destory these people's reputations and ruin them on the internet. Mary Cummins has also posted on the internet as much personal information as she could find about Amanda, Judge Sudderth, Judge Brigham, Eric Shupps, Bat World, and Randy's family, including home addresses, dates of birth, spouses' employers, monthly income, a brother's legal problems and tragic death, records of financial difficulties, eating habits, educational backgrounds, non-profit boards that a spouse serves on, bank records she obtained in the lawsuit, a judge's person hobby, veterinary records of pets, real estate data, and countless other items of personal information. (Of course there is only one reason why a person would do this; fortunately, Randy's son already knew he was adopted.) When Cummins was unable to dig up any "dirt" on Randy, she concocted outrageous, bizarre and sometimes despicable lies about him and posted them all over blogs, websites, and social media pages. This cyber-stalker makes money doing search engine optimization (SEO) so she knows how to spread her venom far and wide across the web.
Stalking Amanda's father, a war veteran in a nursing home?
During a deposition Mary Cummins repeatedly asked Amanda where her father lived and which nursing home he was in. Amanda, quite understandably, repeatedly refused to tell her. Cummins finally angrily announced in frustration, "I reserve the right to depose Ms. Lollar again to get the name of the nursing home." Cummins later bizarrely posted on the internet, "I have no desire to harass her dad in a nursing home. I've known where he is living for over a year." Amanda's elderly father had absolutely nothing to do with Cummins or the lawsuit. Major Luther Lollar was a kind and gentle man, quietely spending the last part of his life in a nursing home. He was a highly decorated WWII and Vietnam combat veteran who had saved the lives of many fellow soldiers in battle. He was a real American hero and he was none of Cummins' business. Why did she want to know where he was? Amanda's dad had nothing to do with Cummins or the case. This cyber-stalker's sick obsession with Amanda's loving, helpless father terrified her, especially given another unrelated post where Cummins stated, "I have a gun with hollow points. I bought this one for shooting at close range. I can instantly drop someone with this gun and these bullets." Amanda had no way of knowing what this depraved woman had in mind for her dad.
Punishing the trial judge
Unfortunately, even the judge who presided over the trial did not escape Cummins's vengeful wrath. Not content with smearing Judge Brigham on the internet, she publicly posted a six-page rambling compaint that she said she filed against him with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct almost a year after the trial. The complaint is nothing more than another one of her sociopathic rants and it will be dismissed of course, which will inevitably send the cyber-stalker back to the drawing board to figure out another way to punish the judge who ruled against her.
The cyber-stalker also started filing several frivolous lawsuits to get revenge. Of course no lawyer is representing her in these personal vendettas, but, because she has been involved in over 20 lawsuits around the U.S. and has been sued at least four times for defamation, she is savvy enough to act as her own lawyer. In fact, Cummins boasts on her blog, "I always represent myself and I always win." She filed a federal lawsuit in California against Amanda and three perceived enemies from her past along with ten anonymous "John Does," alleging defamation and various ridiculous legal theories she most likey found by doing a Google search. Incredibly, she even sued Eric Shupps, the IT expert who testified against her at trial, claiming he "defamed" her and "inflicted emotional distress" on her. (His trial testimony actually was very compelling and probably did cause her some distress.)
Although Cummins tried desperately to convince the judge that her lawsuit was not frivolous the case was summarily thrown out of court. She tried to appeal the judge's ruling but the Court of Appeals dismissed her appeal. She also filed another frivolous lawsuit in California against Amanda Lollar and Bat World claiming that she had been wronged in various ways, including an allegation that she had somehow bumped her head while trying to climb through a window at Bat World. After ruling that Cummins had acted in "bad faith" the judge threw out most of her allegations and then transferred her bump-on-the-head claim to a Texas court. Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is demanding $500,000 in that lawsuit for her so-called "injuries," although the case is expected to be dismissed by summary judgment long before it ever reaches the trial stage.
Other victims of Mary Cummins
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is obessive, vindictive and relentless. Sheh has been attacking and smearing her perceived enemies on the internet for many years but has escaped liability by using her favorite argument that the courts "lack jurisdiction." That argument did not work when she asserted it in Texas because she had signed a contract and transacted business in Texas. Numerous websites have been set up by her victims over the years. Here are a few of them:
- Victims of Miss Cummins
- Mary Cummins Gooble Bombs
- The Truth About Mary
- Mary Cummins Gets Punked
- Mary Cummins Stalker
- Mary Cummins Special Series
- Mary Cummins Crackpot
- Mary Cummins Stalker Alert
- Mary Cummins Animal Nutz
- Did Mary Cummins Embezzle from her Own Grandmother?
- Mary Cummins recevies CADFG reprimand for squirrel with no eyeballs
- About Mary Cummins
- Mary Cummins Lengthy Lawsuit History
Unfortunately, the current laws are inadequate to deal with mentally unbalanced malcontents like Mary Cummins who use the internet to destory others. Defamation lawsuits may be filed and won but cyber-stalkers can simply hide their assets, ignore the court judgment, and keep on defaming people on the internet. Creating pages like this is the only way to fight back.
Bat World Sancturary is an open book. Stay tuned to updates to this page as we will expose every lie Mary Cummins continues to post.
May 29, 2013: A Preemptive Strike
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