In January 2015 Ed Magedson of Ripoff Report filed a civil lawsuit against Ben Smith, the Sac County Iowa, prosecutor who was investigating him and Darren Meade for witness tampering, extortion and other felonies. The law suit was an obstruction of justice attempt by all parties and in particular Meade. This lawsuit was not part of any deal made by Meade when charges against him for witness tampering and extortion were dropped in May 2015.
One of the victims of the protracted reputation assassination and attempted extortion perpetrated by ed magedson and Darren Meade was Dr John Pitman, a famed plastic surgeon and war hero.
In January 2017 Dr Pitman sued Ed Magedson, Darren Meade and others for USD$60 million.
On 19 April 2017 the civil case against Ben Smith was dismissed in the Iowa Court. The criminal investigation into Ripoff Report and its employees was stalled during the civil matter. The investigation can now proceed. Detailed information on the crimes perpetrated by Ed Magedson, Darren Meade and Ripoff Report employees is available on ClickaNerd’s forum.