From reading his article, I don’t see much to be scared of. Looks like you’ve got to do some outrageous stuff to get sued for blogging.
Anyhow, here’s Miller’s summary on 3 cases (one did not involve publishing a blog).
- Banks v. Milum – Georgia. $50,000 in compensatory damages awarded to lawyer in which case a disgruntled client published “Rafe Banks will never make one single move against me or this website because he knows that we have the witnesses to prove that he carried these drug dealer payoffs to [a] judge.”
- Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC v. ThumbCo – Arizona. David Clabuesch, a Michigan judge, got upset his 1970 Hemi Barracuda didn’t fetch as much at a car auction (only $300,000), he wasn’t happy. “He chained the wheels after the auction, put up a sign that saying the sale was void, and accused the auctioneer of quick-gaveling the sale. Though Miller didn’t find that the judge posted anything on line, “chat rooms and blogs had a field day talking about the auction.” The auctioneer sued Clabeusch on the grounds that his claims were damaging the company’s reputation.
- Yoon v. Carney – California. Defamation lawsuit. ACLU activist Joanne Yoon’s job was, basically, to keep a close eye on the San Diego Minutemen while they held their rallies. Through mass-circulated emails and blog posts, members of the Minutemen group, who’ve taken the responsibility upon themselves to monitor the US’s border with Mexico, called Yoon an ‘anorexic ACLU slut’ and ‘a skank’ who sleeps with ‘those little brown Border Hoppers’ daily.
By the way Chubb Insurance, another month goes by without claims against those thousand of lawyers throwing ‘caution to the wind’ by publishing legal blogs. When will you start covering blogs?