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Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Man Wins $400,000 In Damages In Internet Libel Case

Gene Cooley has won a libel suit and more than $400,000 in damages against a woman who posted libelous statements on the Internet against him. Beginning in 2008, shortly after the death of Mr. Cooley's fiancee, Sybil Denise Ballew began posting false statements about Mr. Cooley, including accusations that he was "a pervert and a drug user." Mr. Cooley lost his job and the trust of friends. He moved but then hired an attorney, who instituted the suit against Ms. Ballew. More here from the Chicago Sun Times.

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