My google-fu has failed me, so I turn to crowdsourcing.
I read, several years ago, a tale of Ambrose Bierce being sued for libel.
(If you don’t know who he is, I’m sure wikipedia covers it, although it has been said that he is most famous for being undeservedly unknown.)
It was while he was serving as editor of a San Francisco paper, and he insulted a man most floridly. The man took umbrage and sued, whereupon Bierce used his position as editor to ensure that the paper had a story every single day about the news event where this man was suing him for libel. As in, “There were no developments today in the case where (insert name) is suing me for having called him a (insert exact quote of the original insult)”
I seem to recall that series of stories concluded with, “Yesterday the jury apparently agreed with me that he is a (insert exact quote).”
What I remember about the insult is as follows:
[li]It was funny.[/li][li]It was long.[/li][li]It did not include calling him a “horse thief”, which I believe was a crime at the time.[/li][li]It did include calling him a “stage-manager of a one-horse opera”[/li][/ul]
I think it also accused the man of being a union breaker.
That insult must exist on the internet somewhere, but as I said my normally sufficient skill with keywords has not found it.