Defamation Lawsuit Tops Jury Awards in California | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | June 28th, 2010

The 2009 list of top verdict awards in California courts is out, published by The Recorder–which is a California legal newsletter. At the top of the list sits a defamation lawsuit. This is not entirely uncommon, we have seen many times that defamation lawsuits can reap large rewards–but they are typically not very high profile.


The jury in the case awarded $370 million to five former employees of Guess? Inc., who were accused of embezzlement and found to be innocent. The Recorder had a full list of the top ten rewards given in California in 2009, as well as a side-by-side comparison chart of the same statistics in New York.


Also of interest is that the defendant in the suit, Georges Marciano, the founder of Guess? Inc., is also attempting to run for Governor of California as an Independent this year.


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Thai Team To Crack Down On Sites Insulting Royals | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | June 16th, 2010

Briatin is renowned around the world for having some fairly difficult anti-defamation laws that mean the onus is on the accuser to prove that the Internet poster means to cause harm by making certian posts, but considering some of the alternative, there are considerably worse situations to find ourselves in.


Thailand, a country that is equally well known for its movements against online defamation against the royal family and protecting their online reputation, has announced that it is heading up a new cyber crime division called the Bureau of Prevention and Eradication of Computer Crime.


The main role tasked to the Bureau will be to investigate allegations of anti-royalty claims posted on the Internet. According to the lese majeste rules that the country currently abides by, it is a criminl offence to say anything negative against any member of the royal family and police are duty bound to investigate every submitted claim of online defamation. The strict government rules mean that anybody found guilty of such crimes may face up to 5 years in jail.


The government’s bid to protect the online reputation of the idolised king and royal family saw a new computer crime law introduced in 2007 and police are quite happy to enforce this law in order to protect the name of the royal family.


Since 2006 there has been an increased instance of such comments and crimes in Thailand and the government continues to keep a keen eyeo on them investigating all reports of such activity.


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Use Your Eyes When It Comes To Online Defamation | Online Defamation Law Suits

Posted by admin | June 9th, 2010

This article is incredibly interesting, because it pertains both to the medical world and to online defamation. The medical industry is one which is particularly susceptible to online defamation because people do research their procedures and surgeons before they ever go under the knife. They do not want a much-criticized doctor working on their eyes…


Janet Auyoung opens a laptop, pulls up her review and starts reading “My experience with Dr. Boothe was horrible.”


She vented her frustrations online, and goes through a review she recently wrote “I wasn’t given enough numbing medicine so I could feel everything during the surgery.”


But her words in cyber world could come back to haunt her in the real world.  “It was pretty much the worst thing I could have imagined,” explained Auyoung “I can’t see signs that I should be able to see. It makes it difficult when I’m driving.”


Auyoung, 26, posted a review on Google after having Lasik Eye Surgery at Boothe Eyecare and Laser Center in Plano.  She says she didn’t think the surgery went well, and wanted her money back for the work done on one eye.  She says Dr. William Boothe refused.


Just a few weeks ago Auyoung was served legal papers and could possibly be sued for her online review.  Court documents say she has to attend a deposition to see if there is even enough evidence to file a lawsuit.


“This tarnishes his reputation,” explained Charla Aldous, Dr. Boothe’s attorney.


What do you think readers? Is this a clear cut example of online defamation, an example of negligence by the doctor, or something in between?


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