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OK, ..I'm really, really sorry... I was just kidding!

By Mickster269 ·
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http://usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-10-internet-defamation-case_x.htm

"A Florida woman has been awarded $11.3 million in a defamation lawsuit against a Louisiana woman who posted messages on the Internet accusing her of being a "crook," a "con artist" and a "fraud."

Legal analysts say the Sept. 19 award by a jury in Broward County, Fla. ? first reported Friday by the Daily Business Review ? represents the largest such judgment over postings on an Internet blog or message board. Lyrissa Lidsky, a University of Florida law professor who specializes in free-speech issues, calls the award "astonishing." "

Man, I am in such deep doo - doo.

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I must assume

by jdclyde In reply to OK, ..I'm really, really ...

that you have heard from my lawyer today? ;\

And how fitting, twice in one week.

You break down and admit that it really is YOU who is involved in an activity that would GET you DEEP IN DOO DOO. :0

Yes sir, the loudest are always the ones trying to deflect blame, huh?

Thanks ok though, I won't judge you. B-)

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Not so astonishing.

by TonytheTiger In reply to OK, ..I'm really, really ...

If I sue you for anything and you don't show up at the trial, I win by default!

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Funny

by Oz_Media In reply to OK, ..I'm really, really ...

I've explained that to several people for years, only t thier disbelief. Defamation of personal character where it does not effect income is a bit odd though.

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It was her professional reputation, not personal

by jdclyde In reply to Funny

"Scheff, who operates a referral service called Parents Universal Resource Experts"

It was this professional service that was getting slandered.

And yes, the morons that think they have "freedom of speech" to say anything they want about anyone they want, anywhere they want, will find themselves in for a rude awakining someday soon.

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How do you prove someone is an @rsehole in a court of law?

by mjwx In reply to OK, ..I'm really, really ...

No refference to you JD,

But if I get sued for calling someone an @rsehole do I not then have to prove my claim before I am vindicated?

If so how? "Your worship (honour), the defendant is an @rsehole"

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No

by Oz_Media In reply to How do you prove someone ...

You are making the 'WRITTEN'assertion and identify a specific person or company as an @rsehole.

If people who conduct business or have the potential to conduct business with the said @rsehole are then influenced into NOT conducting business with @rsehole,due to what you have WRITTEN, you are then considered libel.

If you state a generalization that cannot be directly associated with the person or company, you are not guilty of a crime.

ie:

Jenny's Cat Grooming company is a rip off! = Libel

Cat grooming companies are a rip off! = no offense.

If the assertion is VERBAL it is then considered slander, again with the same identifying factor needed to determine guilt.

In your case, if you PROVE the person is an @rsehole, then you are not libel or slanderous.

Ex. 'Jenny's cat grooming overcharged me for my grooming services.' Is an OKAY way of saying she's a rip off without becoming libel, IF you prove you were overcharged. If you were to prove the person or company actually WAS an @rsehole (somehow?) then you would not be libel, it would be the defense.

"Jenny's cat grooming company sucks eggs!" This is considered libel because it is highly doubtful that her company actually sucks eggs and your comment is a false assertion.

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Sesame Street for..

by Shellbot In reply to No

@rseholes :)

Sorry, but i just had an image of Big Bird standing in front of a bunch of kids explaining libel and slander to them !!!!!

:)

yes..how does one actually prove @rsehole-ism?

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@rseholism

by Oz_Media In reply to Sesame Street for..

Just search a bunch of my posts, I am an @rsehole by choice, or as needed.

I know theres a 12 step, but it's just a game here really.

But yes, sometimes it is like Sesame Street trying to explain legal issues to people here. People get the most confused ideas because of news clips, chit-chat etc.

the funnies one is how many pople ***** about free speech and feel it applies to their posts on TR.

For a nation known for raising its children based on the Constitution, and how many Americans use the Bill of Rights as their defense, it is simply ridiculous how many have no idea how and where such rights apply.

Sometimes it's hard NOT to come off like an @rsehole though, when comments get so off kilter and are so blindly applied.

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Triple post! -NT

by Oz_Media In reply to How do you prove someone ...
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TRIPLE POST! -NT

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