Thursday, April 27, 2006

A first case against any blogger that has gone to trial and resulted in a liability verdict.

Attorney Rafe Banks III sued political activist David Milum for statements made on his website on local politics in Forsyth County, Georgia, United States, aboutforsyth.com. Several postings on the site alleged that Banks had delivered bribes from drug dealers to a now-deceased judge. After a four-day trial and six hours of deliberation, the jury awarded Banks $50,000 in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages. Banks had sought between $400,000 and $2 million in damages. After the verdict, Milum said that someone else was taking over the web site.

The whole story is available at http://www.forsythnews.com/news/stories/20060129/localnews/61856.shtml.

More information on media law and also blogs is available here: http://www.medialaw.org/.

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