At an initial hearing Tuesday, May 21, JZK, Inc. requested a temporary restraining order, essentially asking the judge to call a “time out” on the behavior of Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF). Judge Settle declined to do so this early in the proceedings.
“We were surprised at this ruling today [May 21, 2014], but pleased that Judge Settle warned the defendants that further dissemination would not be without risk,” said Mike Wright, Legal Affairs Manager for JZK, Inc. “While the judge was unwilling to grant this emergency request, he did allow an expedited track to a hearing on a preliminary injunction in a few weeks so he could study the matter in more detail,” Wright said.
Wright concluded, “The efforts by the Freedom Foundation to engage in partisan attacks and their attempts to disenfranchise voters while wrapping themselves in a flag is the antithesis what they claim to represent. Just last week, their managing editor wrote in his blog about Pope Francis ‘it is impossible to legitimately redistribute what belongs to someone else.’ Yet today, they claimed otherwise with JZK, Inc.’s proprietary property.”