Monday, February 20, 2006

Blog defamation lawsuit lacks jurisdiction

Eric Goldman reports at Technology & Marketing Law Blog on a important federal court ruling involving jurisdiction over an out-of-state blogger. In v., the U.S. District Court in Nevada dismissed a defamation lawsuit against a Pennsylvania blogger for lack of personal jurisdiction.

In Internet cases, courts often look to a Web site's degree of interactivity to determine personal jurisdiction. Applying this precedent, the Nevada court concluded that the defendant's blog, "while interactive in the sense that it allows individuals to read an dpost comments on a forum, does not rise to the level of interactivity to tip the 'sliding scale' in favor of personal jurisdiction."

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