Zoom sues Sun 'n Fun... and loses !



Sun 'n Fun managers informed Jim Campbell almost a year prior to the 1999 event that he was banned from Sun 'n Fun due to his disruptive behavior. Yet Captain Zoom waited until a week before the 1999 opening before filing a legal request to have the ban overturned.

On April 1 (appropriate date, isn't it) Campbell's attorney, Daniel Moody, asked Circuit Court for an emergency hearing to have to Sun 'n Fun ban overturned. He cited Campbell's First Amendment rights as a journalist.

On April 6, Sun 'n Fun attorney, John Wendel, succeeded in having the matter transferred to U.S. District Court. Wendel asked that jurisdiction be transferred to a Federal Court because Campbell and his attorney, Dan Moody, raised U.S. Constitution related issues of freedom of the press.

On April 8, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara ruled that Sun 'n Fun, as a private organization, has a right to ban anyone it wants. Apparently, Campbell's claim of a First Amendment violation was found to have no merit.

"I frankly think this will put us out of business," Campbell said.

One legal observer commented that "it was Campbell's own grandiosity in insisting on arguing frivolous Constitutional issues that tripped them up."

04-02-99
The Ledger, Lakeland, FL
Campbell asks circuit court to overturn Sun 'n Fun's ban.
04-07-99
The Ledger, Lakeland, FL
Sun 'n Fun's attorney succeeds in getting Campbell's
case against the Fun 'n Sun' ban moved to Federal court.
04-09-99
The Ledger, Lakeland, FL
A Federal Judge upholds Sun 'n Fun's right to ban Jim Campbell.
04-09-99
The Tampa Tribune
Judge refuses to end fly-in ban on publisher
04-14-99
The Ledger, Lakeland, FL
Campbell wants to appeal court decision allowing
Fun 'n Sun to ban him, but needs to raise $10,000.
04-14-99
The Tampa Tribune
Campbell claims "We're the only ones who are blowing
the whistle on planes we think are dangerous."

04-08-99
Transcript of the 04/19/99 Federal Court hearing.
Zoom is told "Conduct Yourself Accordingly"...
by the Federal Court Judge.
04-02-99
The Ledger, Lakeland, FL
A year after the Sun 'n Fun ban is upheld by a Federal Court
Campbell continues to whine and distort facts to the media.
   

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Updated 04-04-01