Real Housewives star sues -- over internet comment

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Real Housewives star sues -- over internet comment

[h=1]Real Housewife Lisa Hochstein Sues Internet Commenter[/h]
*If* the comment is proven to be untrue, do you think she has a case? Secondly, do you believe this will have any impact on comments made online?

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It is silly and it needs to be thrown out. No one believes comments on the internet to be true.

Unless you are the woman in the Allstate commercial.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

It is silly and it needs to be thrown out. No one believes comments on the internet to be true.

Unless you are the woman in the Allstate commercial.

Who are you to decide that?

"Lisa was an escort who also did soft porn in Vegas," Lederman wrote, in response to a story about the Bravo franchise, according to the report. Hochstein says the comment is not only completely untrue, but also caused her "severe emotional distress," the lawsuit states.

If someone on pregnancy.org wrote that about me, it wouldn't really matter. People on here aren't going to care whether it's true or not. Now, if someone posted that about me on facebook, people aren't going to just dismiss it. There could be serious consequences for the lies. True or not, it's going to be investigated through my work and could give ammunition should my X ever question my parenting. Students could run across the comments.

The statement itself is believable. It could damage her reputation.

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Agreeing with EW. This statement is out there and can cause questions in the future. I wouldn't be pleased if I had this info, it was untrue, and it was over the internet even in a small comment somewhere. I would take that person to court.

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IF its untrue its slander. No problem with her suing. All of these reality people try to parlay their experince into future work and a statement like this could hurt her ability wo find work I. The slimy underbelly of reality tv. Then again it's probably some prearranged attentions lot to get a d list celeb some press.

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To clarify, we are talking about just the normal commits section of a website. Like the commits on Fox News or ABCnews. I would think a lot of that is untrue or just someone's opinion. Most of the time people do not even give a real name so how would you know who actually said it? DH has had the problem on ABCnews of posting then having someone with opposing views posting under the same sign in name as himself saying things he would never say. I believe this to be very common. The environment of those commit sections would change drastically if you could be held liable for anything said.

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Who are you to decide that?

If someone on pregnancy.org wrote that about me, it wouldn't really matter. People on here aren't going to care whether it's true or not. Now, if someone posted that about me on facebook, people aren't going to just dismiss it. There could be serious consequences for the lies. True or not, it's going to be investigated through my work and could give ammunition should my X ever question my parenting. Students could run across the comments.

The statement itself is believable. It could damage her reputation.

We aren't talking about facebook. We are talking about the comments section of TMZ. You can't believe half the stuff on TMZ itself, let alone the comments section!

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It doesn't matter where it is. If it is untrue, as Melissa said, it is slander because it was done in a public forum and can hurt her reputation.

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It doesn't really matter what the forum is, whether facebook or TMZ or the Wall Street Journal, and it doesn't matter if some people find it believeable or not.

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

It doesn't really matter what the forum is, whether facebook or TMZ or the Wall Street Journal, and it doesn't matter if some people find it believeable or not.

But how would you do it? Most of these sites do not require an e-mail address let alone someone real identification? How would you know who posted it? For example (I would never do this but have seen it done), if someone created a brand new e-mail and account on preg.org and then said mean or untrue things about someone else, the worst that could happen is that your account would be deactivated. I would not expect to sue someone else on here because they said something mean about me. I do not even see how or why you could?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

But how would you do it? Most of these sites do not require an e-mail address let alone someone real identification? How would you know who posted it? For example (I would never do this but have seen it done), if someone created a brand new e-mail and account on preg.org and then said mean or untrue things about someone else, the worst that could happen is that your account would be deactivated. I would not expect to sue someone else on here because they said something mean about me. I do not even see how or why you could?

Like in the case EW was saying. I see that as a really good point, especially since we hear of so many issues with teachers and character judgment. It would at least create a really horrible and embarrassing work environment for a teacher. The teacher may have to resign just out of that created environment, putting her life in such difficulty. There would be other professions where a person's character is expected to be cleaner than some others.

Saying mean things is ok legally I think to some degree, meaning not to some extent that it's bullying or something like this. But saying untrue things is not ok because it can cost someone quite a lot besides just hurt feelings.

People can express all over the internet or in person as much as they want. (doesn't mean it's good to hurt others but people have their right to some extent). But whatever they say should be true. If any harm comes as a result of that untrue expression, I do think some consequences should be available, like suing or pressing charges.

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A lawyer could contact the web page owner, get the IP address of the user name and password and find out who it was registered to.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

But how would you do it? Most of these sites do not require an e-mail address let alone someone real identification? How would you know who posted it? For example (I would never do this but have seen it done), if someone created a brand new e-mail and account on preg.org and then said mean or untrue things about someone else, the worst that could happen is that your account would be deactivated. I would not expect to sue someone else on here because they said something mean about me. I do not even see how or why you could?

First of all, IP addresses can always be traced to the source computer. So, if what you say from a fake account is really slanderous (whether you meant it or not) it is easy to track those posts back to the source. A HUGE part of making a case for slander or libel is being able to task the defendant (the person making the statement) with proving that what they stated, either in writing or verbally, they knew to be true. That is really big. If you read something off the internet, i.e. Justin B...... had a sex change operation, and then either in writing or verbally repeated it to someone else, then you would have a legitimate defence. If you just decide to get on the internet and say, with no other kind of backup ``Yeah, well JB is a (insert your own gay slam)....and he`s gay for sure` then that could end you up in some hot water.