Lawyer Sues Facebook Claiming Other Users Defamed Him

from the they-don't-teach-section-230? dept

It’s always impressive when you see lawyers file lawsuits which suggest they’re not entirely familiar with the law. Eric Goldman points us to a lawsuit filed by a Nevada lawyer, Jonathan Goldsmith, suing Facebook and two Facebook users for defamation, due to some mean Facebook comments.

Of course, Section 230 clearly shields Facebook from the actions of its users in defamation cases. As a lawyer, aren’t you supposed to be aware of the law? There are some other oddities in the lawsuit as well, such as claiming both slander and libel for the Facebook comments. Normally, slander applies to spoken comments, libel to written. Now, I recall at least one case (in the UK, not the US), where the court suggested online forums were more like slander than libel, but it still seems a bit odd to see it in this case. And, either way, he claims both slander and libel. There are a few other oddities as well, including a claim that the mean comments on Facebook caused him to “seize” advertising on the site. I’m assuming he meant “cease”?

Yet again, it seems like sometimes even when people say mean stuff about you online, which might not be true, it’s better to just shrug it off than filing a lawsuit, drawing a lot more attention to the mean things… and anything else that might get attention.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Lawyer quotes through history are not kind at all to lawyers LoL

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.
William Shakespeare
King Henry VI Part 2.

Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.
Ambrose Bierce
The Devil’s Dictionary.

Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.
Will Rogers

A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.
Mario Puzo

It is better to be a mouse in a cat’s mouth than a man in a lawyer’s hands.
Spanish Proverb

Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne.
The Bible, Luke 11. 46.

WTF! even Jesus knew.

Ray Trygstad (profile) says:

Especially if you're stupid...

“…it’s better to just shrug it off than filing a lawsuit, drawing a lot more attention to the mean things… and anything else that might get attention” which of course is particularly true when you might be drawing attention to the facts that a) apparently you don’t know your own business very well and b) you appear to be stupid.

This is only an opinion, though; nothing actionable here. Move along now, there’s nothing more to see here.

BTW, I have lawyer jokes too:

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