Gun blogger files motion to dismiss second FireClean lawsuit
By Daniel Terrill
A bottle of FireClean on top of linked ammunition. (Photo: FireClean/Facebook)
The gun blogger accused of defaming gun lubricant maker FireClean has asked an Arizona federal court to dismiss the company’s second lawsuit against him.
The motion filed this month describes the renewed allegations against Andrew Tuohy, owner of Vuurwapen Blog, as “vicious” and “unprovoked,” and offered a new iteration of the arguments that successfully defended him in the first case.
“Like a 55-gallon drum attempting to be filled with 60 gallons of vegetable oil, FireClean’s Complaint is literally overflowing with broad, vague, conclusory, confusing and unsupported statements of law masquerading as allegations of fact,” the motion says.
Less than two months after a Virginia federal court dismissed the first lawsuit, FireClean owners David and Edward Sugg filed a revised complaint in Tuohy’s home state of Arizona. But instead of arguing that Tuohy slandered FireClean, they allege he infringed on the company’s trademark.
Almost two years ago, Tuohy published a review characterizing FireClean as a type of vegetable oil. His article contained a scientific analysis showing similarities between the chemical makeup of FireClean’s signature product and Crisco cooking oil. In the article, Tuohy said he was exploring an Internet rumor started by one of FireClean’s