Burt Ward, aka Robin from TV's "Batman," had his defamation suit against Barbara Laird of Westminster and two out-of-county defendants tossed out by Judge Jamoa Moberly last week.
Laird had bought a Great Dane from Ward's dog-rescue operation out in Norco. Ward took exception to the brand of food Laird started to feed the beast and threatened to take it away. That prompted Laird and the two others to criticize Ward on a variety of Web sites, which Ward says cost him business. So he sued.
Not only did he lose, but under a California law designed to protect free speech, Ward is also likely to be held liable for the defendants' attorney fees, which are going to be somewhere well north of $50,000.
For pure spectacle, I was looking forward to a trial, but this is a suit that should never have been filed. In fact, it's the second time he's had a defamation suit tossed out. In 2003, Ward sued the Riverside Press Enterprise, which had written about environmental issues stemming from water running off his property with a high fecal content - presumably from his dogs.