Unformatted text preview: of fact, which constitutes falsity because the blogger did not offer views as an opinion. Despite the informal questioning of two classmates before the blogger posted his or her view, Jones’s complaint would also refute the blogger’s post as being untruthful, thus claiming falsity. Finally, fault is the most important part of this case. The Supreme Court infused constitutional standards that allowed “honest mistakes” to be made without fear of retribution, but due to negligent research via dependence on uninformed sources, the blogger’s mistake was not an honest one. After discussing the tenets of libel, there was defamatory content in the drug charge, the claim was published over the internet, Jones was identified directly, the blogger was directly at fault for posting it, and the rumor turned out to be false. For these reasons, and especially when harm is not considered, Jones is very likely to win the lawsuit against the blogger....
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- Fall '08
- Pleading, Blogger, Joe Jones, defamatory content