It's specifically required under the Texas retraction statute. A denial has to be verified. That's why that's the only section submitted in that form.It looks like it's boilerplate, yes. Maybe it's legally required. Although, now that I'm thinking about it, I've checked and the Plaintiff's Original Complaint didn't include such a certifying statement from any of Vic's counsel... so clearly it's not required on every document that's filed.
Have we verified that's what actually happened? I read that as Ron Soye promising to sponsor Kamehacon. I'm rather interested as to whether he was actually doing that as an agent of his employer, or whether he was falsely representing himself as having the authority to do that, since Ron "Walter Mitty" Soye does seem to have the practice and narcissistic personality to represent himself as having authority he doesn't have.How hard would it be to attach the Tuttle Group (Ron's employer) as a defendant to this case? The messages in the teaser were already pretty bad. TG could replace Funimation (assuming they settle) as the big money defendant.
Because if he actually was acting as an agent, he may have made his employer liable for every bit of this.
I seriously suspect, though, that the Tuttle Group is going to be as surprised as anyone else to learn that they promised to sponsor some anime convention and then were so enraged about Vig Mignogna groping all of Ron Soye's personal friends and roommates that they then threatened to cancel it.
It would be very professionally embarrassing to get caught doing something like that.
And it would be very professionally embarrassing for the Tuttle Group, if they are as mystified as anyone else to find out that they did this, to end up getting sued for tortious interference by someone they never heard of.
I suspect a certain hirsute gentleman will be in touch. This perplexing factual issue is in need of clarification.