Blogger Can't Duck $2.5M Verdict In Obsidian Case

Law360, San Diego (December 7, 2011, 11:00 PM EST) -- An Oregon federal judge last month held that a blogger was not entitled to certain protections intended for journalists, clearing the way for a $2.5 million jury verdict against her for defaming Obsidian Finance Group LLC and its co-founder, who had acted as a trustee in a real estate bankruptcy proceeding.

A day after a jury found that blogger Crystal Cox of Montana was liable to Obsidian for $1 million and co-founder Kevin Padrick for $1.5 million, U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez issued a Nov. 30...
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