A Victory For Bat World Sanctuary &
It's Founder Amanda Lollar!
Fort Worth, Texas, June 14, 2012 -- After nearly two years of depositions and court appearances, Amanda Lollar, Founder and President of Bat World Sanctuary has come out victorious in the lawsuit against Mary Cummins for defamation of character, libel and internet harassment.
Bat World Sanctuary is an internationally renowned, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of bats. The sanctuary survives solely on donations and volunteers, and was severely impacted because of the malicious and false claims made against them by this individual.
Ms. Lollar felt that she had no choice but to file this lawsuit to protect the reputation of herself and more importantly, to protect the over 50,000 bats that are now in her care at the sanctuary. Had it not been for the sanctuary's stellar reputation with governmental officials, every bat that has lived peacefully at Bat World Sanctuary for almost 20 years was put in jeopardy of being destroyed by inhumane decapitation due to her outlandish claims.
With determination, strong will, and the help of a top-notch animal rights attorney, Ms. Lollar has won the fight and can now get on with what she does best. "We are just so glad that this is finally over so we can just focus on what's important-the bats," says Amanda Lollar.
"I would also like to thank everyone who stood by us during this trying time, continued to donate, volunteer and never, ever lost faith in us. We also could not have persevered without the invaluable pro-bono services of our attorney, Randy Turner. I will be forever grateful to him for all that he has done for us," says Lollar.
About Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary
Ms. Lollar, who has authored both scientific and popular literature, plans to write a book about her personal nightmare with adult cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying. She hopes to bring about changes in the legal system regarding internet harassment because in most states there are no laws that protect the victims. This type of crime is on the rise and she would like to bring in to the forefront
Bat World Sanctuary is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Amanda Lollar. Amanda is a licensed bat care specialist in the State of Texas and is permitted to work with threatened and endangered species. Along with rescuing and rehabilitating bats, the sanctuary also conducts educational programs for children, and operates continuing education internships and workshops for animal professionals and rehabilitators. You can learn more about Amanda Lollar and her work at the sanctuary by visiting her website at www.BatWorld.org.
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
Please check back for updates.