Urban cavers fight over turf and free speech

How an exploration dispute between academic Greg Brick and Action Squad's Gabe Carlson became a vicious legal battle

"From my perspective, it's really imperfect," Brick said after first reviewing the offer. "But I just need to move on, and I don't have the money to go up against [Borger], so I'm pretty sure I'm going to settle."

But hours later, Brick had a change of heart. The clause he couldn't accept stated that if he ever came out with a second edition of his book, he would have to omit any references to "urban exploration websites/groups."

Brick says he still hopes to come to an out-of-court agreement of some kind with Carlson, but he won't sign this one.

The Action Squad atop Abbot Surgical Hospital, overlooking the city.
courtesy of Gabe Carlson/Action Squad
The Action Squad atop Abbot Surgical Hospital, overlooking the city.
Carlson, a.k.a. Max Action, on a trip the Ford mines.
courtesy of Gabe Carlson/Action Squad
Carlson, a.k.a. Max Action, on a trip the Ford mines.

"It's real heavy-handed censorship in return for him not calling me names," says Brick. "I'm not ceding control of my book to him." 

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