According to the ABA Journal, a woman agreed to pay $500,000 ($250K in actual damages, and $250K in punitive damages) to settle a defamation case involving a Facebook post. She was sued by the general manager of a radio station, after she posted a comment on a Facebook post about the manager that stated as follows:
"I didn't get drunk and kill my kid."
The general manager's son had been killed in an accidental shooting when he was 11 years old, but the manager had no involvement in the shooting. According to another news story about the case, the two women had known each other when they were trying to gain control of the radio station.
These type of lawsuits are fairly rare, and the size of this settlement even more so. Certainly, as we see more and more incidents of inflammatory social media activities, we will likely see more of these lawsuits.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf