Courts Wade Through Murky World Of Online Defamation

By Bill Donahue (February 11, 2014, 9:29 PM EST) -- A recent ruling in Florida striking down an injunction against a blogger wasn't particularly groundbreaking, but it represents one small piece in a bigger recent story: how courts across the country are slowly figuring out how to apply defamation law to the Internet age.

After a state trial court imposed an injunction on blogger Irina Chevaldina for posting sharply critical blog entries about her former landlord, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal unsurprisingly declared that order an impermissible prior restraint on free speech. What was notable about the ruling, however, was that the court took care to specifically address the...

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