Owen Benjamin and his fans have prevailed in their legal battle with Patreon.
According to reporting by Mike Cernovich, the Judge in the case has finalized a ruling ordering Patreon to pay at least $10,000 in arbitration fees to Benjamin and 100 of his fans.
Patreon banned alt comedian Benjamin for his political views last year. When Benjamin and his fans opened up arbitration over tortious interference in accordance to Patreon’s Terms of Service, the tech giant changed its rules in the middle of the dispute and counter-sued to intimidate the complainants.
Cernovich and other lawyers are estimating that silencing Benjamin could cost Patreon up to $20 million dollars in legal fees this year. If other victims of Patreon censorship, like Carl Benjamin (‘Sargon of Akkad’), were to pursue arbitration, they could bankrupt the company.