Blogger Asks 9th Circ. To Void Obsidian's $2.5M Verdict

Law360, New York (October 12, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT) -- A blogger hit with a $2.5 million defamation verdict for criticizing Obsidian Finance Group LLC’s trusteeship in a real estate bankruptcy proceeding asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday for a new trial, saying the court erred in refusing to give her the same First Amendment protections as journalists.

In an appellant’s brief, blogger Crystal Cox said the court, in treating Obsidian like a private figure instead of a public official, gave the company stronger defamation protections than it was entitled to and failed to give her...
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