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Huffington Post: Chamber Of Commerce Still Suing Yes Men Over Last Year's Prank

October 10, 2011- It's been exactly a year since international pranksters, The Yes Men, made headlines by posing as Chamber of Commerce officials and staging a press conference in Washington, D.C. to announce their support for comprehensive climate change legislation.

And the Chamber is still not amused.

A week after the incident -- which used a fake press release and a modified version of the Chamber's Website to fool several news organizations -- the Chamber sued The Yes Men, alleging that the parody crossed the line into fraud.

The Chamber hired high-powered lawyer Richard Wyatt Jr. of Hunton & Williams. The attorney once represented Food Lion in its infamous lawsuit against ABC News after the news network reported that the food chain sold unsanitary beef. His firm, which commands some of the highest hourly rates in the legal world, is still pursuing the Chamber's case against The Yes Men, who are being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that supports increased protection for Internet civil liberties.

Currently, The Yes Men's motion to dismiss the case is still pending. A spokesperson for the Chamber emailed HuffPost that its request to start discovery in the case is still pending. Wyatt did not return calls for comment.

The initial complaint and related motions should be required reading in any college course on parody and satire. The Yes Men's defense and the Chamber's response include a summary of the history of parody, from Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" to the hijinks on "Saturday Night Live."



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