Seems you have to be very careful what you blog for. Even if your life isn’t in danger, your wallet could be.
Reports suggest that a Miami-based Real Estate developer is being sued for twenty-five million dollars over some negative comments he made on his personal blog.
According to “How to Split an Atom”:
In a posting, he spoke poorly of the Opera Tower, a condo owned by a developer, one Tibor Hollo.
Tibor believes that Lucas’ post constitutes Libel. Lucas stated that the development company responsible for the Opera went Bankrupt during the 1980s and that future buyers should be weary [sic] of dealing with them.
Tibor says the company never went Bankrupt… and says that Lucas’ post has been seriously detrimental to his business.
Of course, anyone could have written this, though I can’t help thinking that a traditional journalist would have simply had to print a retraction.
Perhaps it’s the nature of blogs, that they “hang around” online for much longer than a print newspaper does.
With ridiculous legal challenges like this springing up, it’s not surprising that many businesses are so nervous of blogging.
Downright irresponsible blogging, like any form of public writing, should be held accountable, but surely this case is beyond a joke?
(Via How to Split an Atom)