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Online Defamation Lawsuit

Online Defamation Lawsuit
« on: April 09, 2004, 08:56:52 AM »
This is an interesting case decided last week by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.  The case stems from a defamatory statement posted on a Compuserve discussion board.  The case ended up being decided on a personal jurisdiction issue. Alabama did not have jurisdiction over the defendant and the amount in dispute was below the $75,000 required to get into federal court.  It would have been a great case to follow if it had made it into the federal courts.

Here is the Westlaw citation.

Novak v. Benn, 2004 WL 692147 (Ala.Civ.App.,2004)