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Pittsburgh lawyer Todd Hollis has much to be proud of. Not only is he a lawyer, but in 2004, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he donated one of his kidneys to his mother and then set his sights on competing in an Ironman Triathlon event, even though he didn't know how to swim -- one prong of the three-pronged competition. He survived the swim and the competition, winning the praise of his girlfriend, who made the trip to Florida to watch him compete.

But if a Florida-based Web site is to be believed, other women he has dated are less enamored of Hollis. On Don', a search for Hollis brings up three uncomplimentary references from allegedly unhappy former suitors. Hollis says the comments are all wet and, according to a news report, he is instituting legal action against the Web site for defaming him. "To think someone would have a global platform to post damaging, untrue information, to be able to do so anonymously, is totally repulsive to me," the report quotes him as saying.

The attorney for the Web site says the law protects her client because, as an interactive computer service provider, it is not liable for unedited posts. "The Internet is the ultimate cyber forum and it is no different than a coffee shop or a bookstore where people hang out and talk," attorney Lida Rodriguez-Tasseff told Miami's NBC6.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 8, 2006 at 02:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (33)


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