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Actor Files Defamation Suit Based on Twitter Posting

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When Twitter user “bwayanonymous” tweeted “Which Avenue Q cast member gave Marty Thomas crabs?,” Broadway actor Marty Thomas didn’t think it was very tweet-tastic. In fact, he found it defamatory and subsequently filed a lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court claiming the tweet was not only “malicious and false” but also seen by colleagues […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 18th, 2010 at 9:54 am

Google Exec Convicted of Defamation for “Suggest” Feature

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A French court has found Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt liable for defamation because the search engine’s new “suggest” feature brought up “rapist” and “satanist” when users typed in the plaintiff’s name. The plaintiff in the case had been convicted for corruption of a minor, although it was on appeal when he discovered that […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 27th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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Lindsay Lohan v. E*Trade: The Milkaholic Lawsuit

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Have you heard about Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against E*Trade? Back in March, Lohan sued the online financial company for $100 million over the “milkaholic” commercial that ran during this year’s Super Bowl. Lohan claims that the commercial, which can be seen in its entirety below, defamed her and violated her right to privacy as it […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 12th, 2010 at 10:47 am

Lawsuit Alleges Defamation Through Facebook Group

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The other day we talked about possible defamation via eBay feedback, and now there’s another defamation suit based on comments made on the Internet. This time, T & J Towing in Kalamazoo, Michigan alleges that a college student’s Facebook group called “Kalamazoo Residents against T & J Towing” is costing the business lost contracts and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 3rd, 2010 at 10:44 am

Can Negative eBay Feedback Be Defamation?

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Online eBay seller Elliot Miller has sued buyer Michael Steadman for $15,000, alleging defamation based on negative comments Steadman left on Miller’s profile after what he considered a bad buying experience. The suit arose out of a disagreement over a clock Steadman bought from Miller for $44 in 2008; Steadman alleges that the clock came […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2010 at 10:34 am