Jury awards plaintiff $4.5 mil for internet defamation

In case you’re wondering what the latest trend is for online defamation (like the case in Hoboken, where two Zimmer Bloggers are accused of personally trying destroy the life of a family), over in Michigan, a jury awarded a plaintiff $4.5 million recently.

The plaintiff’s lawyer said: “Defamation refers to statements that are false that you say about another person. If you say my neighbor is having sex in a park with children, that is defamation. That is not First Amendment-protected. It’s not opinion. It’s provable as false. You can be held responsible financially.”

And in New Jersey – the Presumed-Damages doctrine was upheld in defamation cases, which probably makes the defendants here in the mile square case a bit nervous. We’ll see what pans out!