“Defendant Mary Cummins was duty-bound to obey the commands of the Court contained in the judgment. Defendant failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse to obey the commands of the Court. Specifically, Defendant has intentionally violated the Court’s order by failing and refusing to permanently remove the above-described statements from the internet. Each statement which Defendant failed and refused to permanently remove constitutes a separate act of contempt of court.
On return of such show cause order, the judge shall proceed to hear proof, and if satisfied that such person has disobeyed the injunction, either directly or indirectly, may commit such person to jail without bail until he purges himself of such contempt, in such manner and form as the judge may direct.
Because Defendant, Mary Cummins, continues to fail and refuses to obey the commands of the Court contained in the injunction, Movant has no alternative but to institute this contempt proceeding to have Defendant held in contempt of court and punished in accordance with Rule 692 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
WHEREFORE, Movant requests that Defendant, Mary Cummins, be ordered to appear before the Court at a designated date and time and show cause why she should not be held in contempt of court for violations of the injunction contained in the August 27, 2012 Final Judgment and punished accordingly.”
Fake web sites titled “batworldsanctuary.com” and “batworldsanctuary.org” have been created by Bat World’s cyber-stalker, Mary Cummins, a woman who has been stalking Bat World’s founder and president, Amanda Lollar, for the past three years.
In June of 2010, Bat World Sanctuary unknowingly accepted this mentally troubled Los Angeles woman into an internship program held in Texas. Cummins found the internship too challenging to complete and left the internship early, finishing less than six days of a two-week internship. Before leaving, Cummins alleged that she had “bumped her head” and Bat World owed her $2,500 for a cat scan. Bat World refused.
Within days, outrageous lies about Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary began appearing on the internet, posted by Mary Cummins. These lies included animal cruelty, animal neglect, fraud, extortion, filth, endangering human health, practicing medicine without a license, plagiarism, illegal drug use, forgery, libel, theft, illegally being on welfare and more. Cummins made numerous false complaints to the USDA, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the DA, the IRS, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the Texas Veterinary Board, the City of Mineral Wells, the Texas State Dept of Health, the DEA, the CDC and animal rights groups around the world including PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, ASA, GFAS, IFAW and others. Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary welcomed investigations, and all of Cummins’ complaints were found to be baseless. Click here to view the results of those investigations.
With the help of renowned animal rights attorney, Randy Turner, who represented Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary free of charge, a lawsuit was brought against Cummins.
In June of 2012, the court stated that Amanda Lollar is to bats what Jane Goodall is to primates, and awarded a judgement of 6.1 Million in damages to Amanda Lollar for Cummins “egregious as well as malicious as well as intentional” defamation.
After the judgement, it was discovered that Cummins is considered a career litigant. Click here to see a list of the 30 lawsuits that Mary Cummins’ has been involved with in her 47 years.
Since the judgement, Cummins reign of terror against Amanda Lollar has increased, and Mary Cummins has been charged with contempt of court for the third time. Cummins’ defamation has also intensified. The fake “batworldsanctuary” websites that were purchased by Cummins are part of her continual defamation. We are taking steps to have the sites removed, however, it is a lengthy process.
The following bullet-point list provides a history of Cummins’ attacks and retaliatory actions against Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary. Links to court documents and web pages are provided when available:
- Mary Cummins begins stalking and posting defamation about Amanda Lollar
- Cummins uses “Google bombs” to spread her malicious web pages
- Cummins is sued for defamation by Bat World Sanctuary
- Cummins hires an attorney, who withdrew after stating her claims are false
- Cummins begins defaming and stalking BWS attorney, Randy Turner
- Cummins begins defaming the judges involved in the case
- Cummins stalks Amanda Lollar’s father, who was in nursing care
- In retaliation, Cummins sued Amanda Lollar in federal court, and lost
- Cummins sues Bat World’s expert witness at trial
- Cummins appeals her Federal case, and loses
- Cummins requests a reconsideration and is denied
- Cummins files a personal injury lawsuit against Amanda Lollar
- Cummins sues Bat World’s Board of Directors
- Cummins files false police reports against Amanda Lollar
- Cummins then uses the reports to obtain a TRO (temporary restraining order) against Lollar
- Cummins lies are discovered in court and her TRO is denied. Cummins is ordered to pay sanctions in the amount of $6,350
- Cummins posts death threats and a Terrorist Threat police report is filed against her
We receive numerous questions about what more can be done to stop Mary Cummins from her continual harassment of Bat World Sanctuary. Unfortunately, cyber-stalking, bullying and online harassment is new territory and laws have not yet been created to stop malcontent’s like Mary Cummins. Defamation is a civil issue, not a criminal issue, so
law enforcement is unable to help (when death threats are posted, however, action can be taken).
People like Mary Cummins have to be sued in court, which we have done. Until internet laws are strengthened, cyber-stalkers and bullies like Mary Cummins are free to destroy innocent people over and over again. Our only recourse is to warn other people by posting pages like this one.
For more information about our case and other like this please join us on Facebook at Stand up to Cyber-Stalkers.
In an attempt to lure Amanda Lollar to Los Angeles, CA, Mary Cummins filed false police reports against Amanda Lollar, then used them to convince a judge into giving her a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Lollar in an attempt to force Lollar to attend a hearing in Los Angeles, CA. During this time, Cummins made continual threats to shoot Lollar when she came to defend herself against the TRO.
Lollar did not attend the hearing in fear of her own safety. The overwhelming evidence against Cummins (including her death threats) was presented to the Judge Carol Goodson by Lollar’s attorneys. Not only did Cummins LOSE her case against Lollar, she was ordered to pay Lollar’s attorney’s fees.
While we prevailed in this fight, our cyber-tyrant continues to post defamatory and outlandish statements about Bat World Sanctuary, Amanda Lollar, Eric Shupps and Randy Turner.
2/11/13 update: Mary Cummins loses in her second attempt in federal court
Fort Worth, TX, June 14, 2012 –
As you may be aware, the courts found that Bat World Sanctuary has been the target of a malicious and deliberate defamation campaign launched by Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates and Cummins Real Estate Services. This smear campaign lasted almost two years. We are happy to report that our battle is finally over, and we arose victorious.
Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar were represented pro-bono by Randy Turner, one of the best animal rights attorneys in the country. Turner was voted “Texas Super Lawyer” 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012, and has never once lost an animal rights case. Mr. Turner and his paralegal, Kelly Bozeman, worked tirelessly for Bat World Sanctuary throughout this ordeal.
Mary Cummins was accepted for an internship at Bat World in 2010, and left disgruntled only a few days after arriving. Shortly thereafter, she began posting horrific allegations of animal cruelty and neglect against our Founder and President, Amanda Lollar, and made repeated complaints to animal welfare groups and government agencies, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the USDA, the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Attorney General, the Department of Justice, the IRS, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Veterinary Board, and the Mineral Wells Chief of Police, City Manager, Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement, Health Inspector, and District Attorney. Lollar welcomed investigations, and every agency that investigated found Cummins complaints to be completely without merit.
As she has done in previous lawsuits, Cummins represented herself throughout most of the case and during trial. Cummins’ former attorney, Neal Callaway, withdrew from representing her after she accused him of sleeping during her court-ordered deposition. Cummins went on to accuse Randy Turner of touching her hand inappropriately during this same deposition, despite the fact that seven people and two video cameras were present in the room (and no such behavior was either witnessed or recorded). Ms. Cummins was also found in Contempt of Court.
Cummins has been involved in over 20 lawsuits and has been sued four times for defamation.
The trial, which lasted four days, also included the testimony of two veterinarians who have worked with Amanda Lollar, as well as former Bat World interns. Both veterinarians testified that they would rather take an injured bat to Amanda Lollar than attempt to rehabilitate it themselves. One vet even testified that she would drive a bat from South Dakota to Texas so it could receive Amanda Lollar’s care. Lollar testified to Cummins history of victimizing others using the internet. Bat World Sanctuary and Amanda Lollar sought 4-million dollars in damages due to Cummins’ outrageous acts.
At the trial’s conclusion, Judge William Brigham compared Lollar’s reputation in caring for bats to that of Jane Goodall’s care for primates. The Judge stated that Cummins defamation of Lollar was egregious, intentional and malicious. He awarded a judgment of 6.1 million in damages. His verdict was read immediately after closing statements. Turner stated that it is rare for a Judge to deliver an immediate verdict at the end of trial.
While we prevailed in this fight, our cyber-harasser continues to post defamatory and false information on the Internet about Bat World Sanctuary, Amanda Lollar and Randy Turner. We doubt that we will ever see any portion of the 6.1 million dollar judgment awarded to us, however, our plans to raise the funds for a larger sanctuary, complete with indoor-outdoor flight cages and a teaching hospital, will continue. And, of course, we will share videos and photos of our progress.
Lollar, who has authored both scientific and popular literature, plans to write a book about her personal nightmare regarding this case. She hopes to bring about changes in the legal system regarding internet harassment and stalking as there are few legal remedies available to victims. This type of vicious behavior is on the rise and lifelong careers can be ruined with a few simple clicks of the mouse. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Bat World Sanctuary.
Thank you, our treasured Bat World members, for supporting us throughout this ordeal.