Courtney Love Settles Twitter Defamation Lawsuit; Pays Up

from the did-they-negotiate-in-140-characters dept

Two years ago, we wrote about the first big Twitter defamation lawsuit, involving Courtney Love complaining, rather emphatically, about a fashion designer, Dawn Simorangkir, with whom she’d had a falling out. Of course, we noted that the legal filing against Love seemed to make statements that appeared equally libelous towards Love as the statements she had made towards Simorangkir. We also pointed out that there seemed like better ways to deal with the case other than a lawsuit. The lawsuit really only served to call much more attention to the statements about Simorangkir.

Still, it seemed like Love’s defense didn’t have much substance, so it’s really not a huge surprise that Love has agreed to settle and is paying out a stunning $430,000.

Yeah, that’s an expensive tweet.

Love’s lawyer tried to brush this off as a “modest” settlement, but I don’t think most people think $430,000 for an outburst in 140 character chunks is “modest.” I’m not sure what went into the decision to settle, but what worries me about this ruling is that it will encourage people to file more defamation lawsuits in hopes of getting similar settlements out of it.

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Spaceman Spiff (profile) says:

Big vs. Little

Well, perhaps $430k isn’t out of order for when a big start defames a small business owner (which I assume Simorangkir is), since their actions have much deeper and broader effect than some “little person” slandering/defaming a big star. Since I don’t know much about this case, that’s just a comment on the relative impact of what one person says vs. another when one is widely known, quoted, followed, and the other is just another head in the crowd.

Anonymous Coward says:

The problem is that the statement Love made is arguably libelous and untrue. With the media coverage that Love gets when having outbursts like these, its likely to spread to many more eyes and ears than others. While the statements in the suit against Love are, with common knowledge of her history, likely to be entirely true.

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