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Monday, May 12, 2008

Virginia Bloggers Face Lawsuit

H/T To Alton.

Roger Woody has filed a multimillion $$$ lawsuit against some Christiansburg bloggers. The Roanoke Times has this.

CHRISTIANSBURG -- Roger Woody, a major landowner and developer in the town, has filed suit against four women he accuses of conspiring to harm his business, interfering with his contractual relations and libeling him.

But two of the women named in the lawsuit say they have no inkling of what Woody is talking about.

In a complaint filed Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Woody named Terry Ellen Carter, Tacy L. Newell-Foutz, Meghan Dorsett and Carol Lindstrom as defendants in the lawsuit, which asks for $10 million in actual damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

He claims the women "combined, associated, agreed, mutually undertook or concerted together for the purpose of developing a Web site on the Internet to be used willfully and maliciously" to injure him in his business. The complaint, prepared by lawyer B.K. Cruey of Shawsville, lists the Web site as

This sounds to me like a big pocketbook bullying of bloggers. Alton writes

"Come on Roger, ease up. If you don't like the publicity you're getting, talk to the community. Make an effort to improve your relationship with the community you built. Don't unleash a couple of highly paid attorneys to silence your detractors with threats of a lawsuit that will benefit no one."

I agree. I predict we will see more of this in the future.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:21 PM) : 

Thanks for the coverage of this issue. I'm one of the defendants, and appreciate the added awareness that the blogosphere is contributing to this struggle to maintain First Amendment rights.


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