re: Fed Judge ENJOINS FL judge in Kyle Brennan Litigation This ruling couldn't have gone any better for Dandar. Merryday took his time and got the law right (in my opinion), though the precise issue has been so rarely litigated that it will likely be appealed to the 11th Circuit. Merryday saw right through Beach, even using the phrase "...Beach, acting on behalf of Scientology..." Aside from the smackdown on Beach, Merryday provided an additional public service by quoting the language from the settlement agreement at issue. The order goes on to state that Dandar is listed as a "party" to the settlement agreement, and this was the basis for Beach's rulings restricting Dandar under it. Wally Pope argued in the Tribune article that the question of whether Dandar is also bound by the agreement was addressed at the time and "heavily negotiated." Even if, for the sake of argument, Pope's statement is accurate and Dandar intended to be bound by the agreement, the matter is far from settled inasmuch as interpreting the agreement to include Dandar requires an illegal construction. Namely, Rule 4-5.6 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar: Merryday includes Beach's reasoning why Rule 4-5.6 doesn't apply, all of which are flatly unpersuasive. To wit, (1) case law developed regarding the scope of Rule 4-5.6 after the agreement was signed (ed.: so? this is less a reason than an observation); (2) & (3) Scientology would be harmed because they've thus far conducted themselves as if the agreement was valid (ed.: invaliding a clause within the agreement does not necessitate invalidation of the entire agreement; and (4) Dandar holds a personal and unreasonable animus against Scientology (ed.: Beach is a flat-out whore).