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Monday, January 27, 2014

Jury Decides First "Twibel" Case

According to a variety of news sources, the jury in the first known "twibel" case (i.e., a defamation case involving Twitter) found in favor of the defense - in this case, Courtney Love.  Love's former attorney had filed the case after Love tweeted the following:  "I was (expletive) devastated when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of san diego was bought off."  Holmes had previously represented Love in a fraud case against the estate of her late husband, Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.  She claimed that the tweet and other statements the singer made against her after she was fired from that case caused her substantial damage, to the tune of $8 million.  

The jury disagreed.  Although the jury found that Love's tweet was a false statement, because Love didn't know it wasn't true, she wasn't liable for damages under traditional defamation law.

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