The Pittsburgh lawyer who says he was defamed by the Miami-based Web site Don'tDateHimGirl.com has followed through on his promise of a lawsuit. Lawyer Todd J. Hollis filed his lawsuit yesterday in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County Common Pleas Court against Tasha C. Joseph, owner and operator of the site, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
As Legal Blog Watch reported earlier this month, three women posted uncomplimentary references about Hollis on Don'tDateHimGirl.com. Hollis says the messages are false and defamatory in that they characterize him as a shabbily dressed and diseased womanizer. According to the Post-Gazette report:
"The lawsuit filed on behalf of Mr. Hollis, 38, of East Liberty, said Ms. Joseph has 'conspired with disingenuous people whose only agenda is to attack the character of those individuals who have been identified on her site.' The suit says there are no protocols to ensure statements on the site are valid or truthful. Mr. Hollis, who has practiced criminal law for 12 years, claims statements posted on the site, which appear to be by different people, have affected his practice and family life."
Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, one of the lawyers
representing Joseph, told the Post-Gazette that her client is protected by the federal Communications Decency Act, which immunizes Web hosts against liability for messages posted by others.
Hollis is the first allegedly slandered suitor to take Don'tDateHimGirl to court, but others may be considering similar moves, judging by the "legal action" site ClassAction-DontDateHimGirl.com.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 30, 2006 at 04:24 PM | Permalink
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