The article goes on to name William Brockbrader and his "publisher"TAMPA --
A Tampa attorney on a crusade to expose those who pretend to be Navy SEALs is trying a novel approach: suing them.
Lawyer Gene Odom filed the first of what he says could be multiple similar suits on Monday. The suit, filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, targets Barry ?Bear? Silverman, who runs a business called ?Tactical Deterrence? in Broward County. The business? ?principal purpose is to offer training to customers seeking Navy SEAL instruction in weapons use and security deployment,? according to the suit.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of retired SEAL Don Shipley, who runs Extreme SEAL Experience, which provides students with training similar to what SEALs experience during the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. Shipley?s training center is based in Chesapeake, Va., with an adjunct office in Hillsborough County, according to the suit.
Odom also has filed a defamation lawsuit against another man he says is making false claims of being a SEAL, and the man?s publisher. He says that in an article titled ?More Truth Revealed,? William Brockbrader stated that Extreme SEAL Experience ?only pretends to provide actual SEAL instructor training.?
Odom said he is suing Brockbrader because he is claiming to be a SEAL and is using the defamation language as the basis of the suit because the law does not allow someone to be sued solely for falsely claiming to be a SEAL.
In the lawsuit, Shipley?s lawyers claim that by pretending to be SEALs, Brockbrader has ?diminished the competitive and economic advantage of SEALs seeking to re-enter the civilian workforce? and that he has suffered economic loss as a result of Silverman misrepresenting his status as a SEAL.
Brockbrader, who denies he defamed Shipley, said he was a SEAL between 1992 and 2000. He said he has witnesses who can verify his SEAL training and that any records pertaining to his service were sealed because he served with a ?classified program.?
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