The Internet’s Most Hated Lawyer

Hell hath no fury like a scorned Internet, as Charles Carreon is finding out the hard way.

First, Carreon sued online comic the Oatmeal on behalf of his client over a blog post published a year ago wherein the Oatmeal’s founder, Matt Inman, criticized FunnyJunk for hosting copies of his comic without proper attribution. Carreon and his client accused Inman of defamation and demanded $20,000 in damages.

Inman’s response was, predictably, to publicly mock Carreon and FunnyJunk in a blog post detailing the ludicrousness of Carreon’s accusations and. Furthermore, Inman responds to the demand of $20,000 in damages by launching a charity campaign where he raises $20,000 but, instead of handing it over to Carreon, he donates it to charity.

Less than two weeks later, Inman had raised $200,000 for charity, ten times his original goal.

Carreon’s response? He has now filed suits agains Inman, the charity fundraising site Inman is using (Indigogo), as well as the charities Inman has selected as the beneficiaries of his charity drive (the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society). He’s also subpoenaed Ars Technica and Twitter, two venues that flared up with activity that, to put it lightly, disparaged Carreon.

Mr. Carreon has become the latest example of the “Streisand effect, ” whereby efforts to make a problem go away only makes it worse. Anger with Carreon and FunnyJunk is likely only to grow as they make one mis-step after another.


  1. If any of the suits are brought in California, they may fall quickly to the state’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Otherwise they suggest that the US is in need of a good loser-pays costs rule.

  2. Sounds like a bona fide a-hole.

    Some people take themselves far too seriously. More familiarity with Shakespeare is in order. To wit:

    “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    No need to add more idiocy to one’s life than necessary. On the other hand, it generates fees, so what the heck? No such thing as bad publicity right?

  3. Seems Mr Carreon (the name, the name…!) strayed north of the tomfoolery border a few years back and got disciplined by California for practicing law in Canada (i.e. BC) without a license.

  4. so it turns out that Carreon, when checked, had baggage…