Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Suing bloggers

USA Today has the story, via Overlawyered:

    Rafe Banks, a lawyer in Georgia, got involved in a nasty dispute with a client over how to defend him on a drunken-driving charge. The client, David Milum, fired Banks and demanded that the lawyer refund a $3,000 fee. Banks refused.

    Milum eventually was acquitted. Ordinarily, that might have been the last Banks ever heard about his former client. But then Milum started a blog.

    In May 2004, Banks was stunned to learn that Milum's blog was accusing the lawyer of bribing judges on behalf of drug dealers. At the end of one posting, Milum wrote, Rafe, don't you wish you had given back my $3,000 retainer?

The USA Today article is filled with question marks, which usually means somebody transferred from a word processor into HTML without any knowledge of this process. It's a pet peeve of mine.

Back to business. Here's another interesting bit from the article:

    Nearly two blogs are created every second, according to Technorati, a San Francisco firm that tracks more than 53 million blogs. Besides forming online communities in which people share ideas, news and gossip and debate issues of the day, blogs empower character assassins and mischief makers.

I probably fall into the last category mentioned.

1 comment:

Shane McAdams said...

Mrs. Long did confide in me that you are indeed a Character Assassin and Mischief Maker!