Thursday, January 27, 2011

Man Wins $404,000 in Internet Libel Suit

CNN reports that Gene Cooley has been "awarded $404,000 for libelous internet postings surrounding the death of his fiancee."

The Chicago Sun Times says that shortly after the death of Cooley's fiancée, who was shot to death by her ex-husband, "an anonymous poster hiding behind six user names labeled Cooley, among other things, a pervert and a drug user." He lived in a small town, Blairsville, Ga., and ended up losing his job and having to move 200 miles away to Augusta to be free of the lies about him by a woman who, as it turns out, didn't even know him. ... Read more.

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution has a thorough story related to Cooley's ordeal that also examines privacy online. Read it here.

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