I am reminded of this every time I see Brian Lafferty publish yet another internet post on Ms. Polgar. Frankly, I don't see Lafferty's comments as defamatory, which is not to say that they aren't childish, pointless, and reckless. Already, his post lawsuit comments have been cited in court filings as evidence against him.
Brian seems confident that his postings are within the bounds of the law. Fine, but, others might disagree, and, ultimately, his fate may come down to whether 6 folks in Lubbock think he stayed on the right side of the line. Polgar's best chance of winning this lawsuit, IMHO, is to portray Lafferty as a cyber-stalker. Which every post, he is helping her paint that picture.
Now, Brian holds no position with USCF, and I don't think his words can or should be attributed to USCF. If he were paying his own legal fees, I would say fine, but USCF is paying his legal fees. He is, thus, wasting the membership's money by needlessly complicating his case.
When your opponent is drowning, don't throw them a rope; throw them an anvil. Brian is throwing ropes, lots of them. Those ropes may not be enough to save Ms. Polgar's case, but it is a foolish risk to take.
Frankly, USCF's attorneys should order him to stop posting or discussing the case with anyone. If he won't follow their advice, they should withdraw, and let him pay for his own damn defense. If he wants to play with fire, let him do it on his own dime.