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clintjkracht View Drop Down
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  Quote clintjkracht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: defamation
    Posted: 02/February/2012 at 20:37
hi guys im currently being sued for defamation for a throw away line on facebook. i received a writ last nite in person and it states that i need to attend the supreme court in march. my solicitor doesnt seem to fussed bout it all. was wondering what worse case scenario is if im found liable. iam a low income earner and have a non working wife and three kids under ten. very interested to hear peoples response

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  Quote MartinO Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/February/2012 at 21:44
Have you removed the post? What did you actually say, (don't mentions any names.)

Who did the writ come from, the court via the other parties solicitor or did he deliver it himself? And what damages is he seeking?

Depending on what you said it may come down to removal and a letter of apology, but if he can show his good name has been damaged and that this has cost him business and can quantify how much that is, you could receive a substantial bill, if his action is successful.
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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/February/2012 at 13:14
I'm not surprised your solicitor is not fussed. Money for comments on FB? Seriously? Any chance you don't use a fake name on FB like sensible people do? This will be settled out of court I imagine, a grovelling apology (written - published publicly and privately to your solicitors instructions) will probably stop it dead in it's tracks.
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