TUCKER MAX RESPONDS TO FORMER MISS VERMONT DROPPINGS CHARGES

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Tucker Max responds to announcement that Katy Johnson voluntary dismissed her lawsuit against him.

AUSTIN, TX. - Tucker Max is pleased to respond to Katy Johnson voluntary dismissing her lawsuit against him. Johnson obtained an ex parte injunction removing the true story about their romantic relationship from Max's website, and restricting him from posting her name on the site. In response to the voluntary dismissal, Tucker Max, John Carey, and Ross Hendin have prepared comments.

Tucker Max: "I had hoped that the court would have a chance to rule on the pending motions and set a precedent that Internet speech receives the same protection as all other forms of speech , but ultimately I am just glad that this ridiculous lawsuit is finally over."

Ross Hendin, Tucker's Agent: "Katy Johnson quietly dropped her lawsuit before the court had an opportunity to rule on Tucker's motions to dismiss the suit and dissolve the injunction. Katy didn't achieve any of her goals, and there is now no doubt that the Miss Vermont Story is an accurate account of Tucker's relationship with Katy. By bringing this lawsuit, she made the story one of the hottest topics on the web."

John Carey, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan: "This ill-conceived lawsuit has been put to an end. We are pleased that Ms. Johnson and her lawyer were eventually able to appreciate the folly of their legal position."

After learning about the injunction, Tucker removed the case to federal court. He then moved to dismiss her claims for invasion

of privacy and commercial use of name as being without any legal merit. Max also filed a motion before the federal court to vacate the state

court's injunction as an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech. Tucker also moved to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of personal jurisdiction. Tucker lives in Austin, Texas, and argued that he did not subject himself to a lawsuit in Florida merely by publishing the Miss Vermont Story on his website. Prior to the court ruling on these requests, Ms. Johnson withdrew the suit.

Tucker Max owns and operates http://www.tuckermax.com. Max, who received his J. D. from Duke University School of Law and his B. A. from the University of Chicago, has been operating the site and writing its content since September, 2002. The site details his biographical information, life experiences, and some of his personal adventures. http://www.tuckermax.com has logged over 17 million hits since January of this year. ###

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