Gawker Media (“Gawker”) is the target of yet another high-octane Internet defamation lawsuit. This time, the infamously litigious and polemical blogger Chuck Johnson is going after the Internet media company for online libel.
Why? The Huffingtonpost.com explains (selected excerpts from the article):
Some People Think Chuck Will Lose This Internet Defamation Lawsuit
A quick Google search reveals that Chuck Johnson is somewhat of an Internet firebrand; like many of today’s shock pundits, people either love Chuck or hate him. And since the news of his Gawker defamation lawsuit hit, detractors have been setting their keyboards ablaze, sneeringly prognosticating the dismissal of Johnson’s case.
Johnson filed his Gawker defamation lawsuit in Missouri. His legal team’s reasoning, according to the claim:
In other words: I’m filing this lawsuit in Missouri because people in Missouri may have seen the Gawker post and thought less of me after reading it.
Internet Pundit Peanut Gallery: “What Is Chuck Doing!? He Can’t File In Missouri!? Can He?”
California-based Johnson’s decision to file a Missouri defamation lawsuit against New York-based Gawker has the digital peanut gallery shout-typing some variation of: “What is he doing!?” Some outlets, like TechDirt, have smartly speculated that Johnson picked Missouri because its weak anti-SLAPP law.
Other people are questioning Johnson’s wisdom to cry defamation over the statement “Web’s worst journalist” because, as folks have pointed out, such statements are pure opinion, and hence perfectly legal.
Twitter famously kicked Chuck Johnson off its service, time will determine if the U.S. justice system will throw out this case before it sees a trial.
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