Tag Archives: Defamation

Unmasking Fuboy

In Hadley v. Subscriber Doe a/k/a Fuboy, the Illinois Supreme Court weighed in on defamation claims arising from anonymous internet posts. In Hadley, an anonymous poster using the screen name “Fuboy” commented on an on-line article discussing Bill Hadley’s campaign … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? Unidentified Professor’s Defamation Claim Dismissed

As reported in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (login required), an Illinois appellate court affirmed dismissal of a Northwestern University professor’s lawsuit against media outlets over headlines reporting that he was alleged to have “raped” a student.  See Ludlow v. … Continue reading

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“Double Dipping Doctor” Defamation Dispute Dismissed

An Illinois appellate court affirmed the dismissal of the former Chief of Osteopathic Surgery at Stroger Hospital’s complaint against various media outlets for reporting that the hospital overpaid him tens of thousands of dollars via direct deposit while he was on an … Continue reading

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Mixed Results in Acquitted Rape Suspect’s Online Defamation Case

Rulings on an attorney’s complaint against online media outlets for reporting on sex charges against him present a mixed bag.  In Huon v. Breaking Media et al., a federal judge in Chicago dismissed the attorney’s claims against Gawker Media, publisher … Continue reading

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Courts .Gripe About Section 230 Immunity

Online review site Yelp recently continued its winning streak against businesses attempting to hold the site liable for allegedly defamatory content posted by users. Courts have consistently held that Yelp does not forfeit its right to immunity for third party … Continue reading

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Yelp Goes on Offense in Suit Against Law Firm

After some recent defensive victories that tested the limits of its immunity under the Communications Decency Act, the popular review site Yelp has gone on offense, suing a law firm for using its employees to post fake reviews on Yelp’s … Continue reading

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Two Setbacks for Online Review Victims

Faced with a unjustifiably hostile online review, the first impulse of many small businesses is to sue either the author or the website for defamation or some similar tort.  Two recent court decisions, however, demonstrate just how difficult it may … Continue reading

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IL High Court Shoots Down “Deadwood” Fraud Claim Based on Chat Room Romance

A woman who frequented a chat room devoted to the HBO show Deadwood claimed she found herself caught up in her own fictional western drama when another female fan drew her into a long distance relationship while posing as a … Continue reading

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Court Dismisses Rabbi’s Case Against Kimmel

The “Flying Rabbi’s” menorah may lose some of its shine now that a judge has dismissed his misappropriation complaint against late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and ABC. Daniel Sondik’s complaint alleged that Kimmel spliced YouTube clips of Sondik … Continue reading

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Conflicting Opinions on Anonymity

The Electronic Frontier Foundation takes issue with a recent Washington Times editorial opining that “the time has come to limit the ability of people to remain anonymous” on the Internet.  The Times focuses on the incivility and “trolling” that pervade … Continue reading

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Answer Critics Without Landing in Court

A recent Maritz Research poll found that social media users are not just venting when they take to the internet to complain about overcooked dinners and rude cashiers.  They expect a response.  The poll shows that 83 percent of Twitter … Continue reading

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Report: Digital Feuds Pervade Small-Town Gossip Sites

The New York Times reports that anonymous gossip sites are leading to modern day Hatfield and McCoy feuds across rural America.  The story focuses on the site Topix, a local news and discussion site which reportedly is morphing into a … Continue reading

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Should Truth Have Barred Interference Claim Against Blogger?

A judge in Minnesota held that a blogger could be liable for intentionally interfering with an employment contract by allegedly causing the plaintiff to be fired.  The blogger not only claimed the plaintiff was involved in a “high profile fraudulent … Continue reading

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Juvenile Court Upholds Conviction for Facebook E-Personation

A California appellate court upheld a juvenile court’s felony identity theft conviction of a teenager who logged into a classmate’s Facebook account and posted “prurient messages on two of her male friends’ pages (walls) and altered her profile description in … Continue reading

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Website Host Not Liable for Anti-Semitic Posts

New York’s highest court held that a message board host was immune from defamation liability for a third party comment even though he highlighted the allegedly defamatory post by turning it into a separate article and added his own commentary.   The comment, posted under … Continue reading

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