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ARTICLE ID 193876

$________ – DEFAMATION – INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS - FALSE INFORMATION POSTED ON INTERNET – DAMAGE TO REPUTATION – LOSS OF PROPERTY SALE - LOSS OF LAW PRACTICE – DAMAGES ONLY.

Miami-Dade County, FL

The plaintiff, a former Florida attorney, filed this action against a Bahamian rap musician and his company, asserting counts of defamation and intentional interference with business relationships. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants posted false and defamatory statements about him on the internet. As a result, the plaintiff alleged that he lost the sale of his property in the Bahamas. The defendants were in default at the time of trial, and the case proceeded on damages only.

The plaintiff alleged that he was the owner of property in the Bahamas located on Rum Cay. The plaintiff claimed that, in ________, he had a potential buyer for the property at a price of $________. However, the potential buyer logged onto various websites hosted by the defendant where it was posted, that the plaintiff was not the owner of the property, according to the plaintiff’s claims. The plaintiff contended that, as a result of the defendant’s false internet statements, he lost the property sale. The statements about the plaintiff posted on the web sites were removed by court order in ________.

The plaintiff claimed that the defendant’s motive for the defamation was to assist a third party, a convicted felon, in disparaging the plaintiff’s title to the property; so that the third party could have another person claim the title.

The plaintiff testified that he still owns the property on Rum Cay in the Bahamas, but has been unable to sell it at the price agreed upon in ________, due to the false internet postings by defendant. The plaintiff sought a total of $________ in damages from the defendants.The jury awarded the plaintiff $________ in damages.

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