May 27, 2009
Lawsuits Are the Hazzard of Blogging
Blogging can get someone in trouble. Just ask Lyndal Harrington who was just released from jail yesterday on a contempt of court charge for failing to turn over a computer as part of a defamation suit against her. Harrington has been sued by Virgie Arthur, mother of the late Anna Nicole Smith. The details of the suit are in this article from the Houston Chronicle web site. The most interesting part is a short statement from Robert Cox, president of the Media Blogger Association who notes that suits against bloggers are more common these days. His best line is “Bloggers have a tendency to believe myths — like that they are judgment-proof.” Sad but true. His organization offers blogger insurance for judgments. The article also contains a link to the Media Resource Law Center which maintains a list of suits against bloggers, including status updates. Some of the entries contain links to the orders and documents in the various cases. It is a useful resource when tracking these things.
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What a day when a person can be sued for something she had no part in. Harrington's crime was living in Harris Co. Tx and that gave McCabe the "in" to the court of his choice. More to come on this. Hang tight. It's not over by a long shot.
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