Sarah Jones Wins Her Defamation Suit

Former Bengals Cheerleader Sarah Jones

Former Bengals Cheerleader Sarah Jones

Former Ben-Gal Sarah Jones, (a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals), won her defamation suit today in Federal Court in Northern Kentucky. The jury awarded her $338,000.00 for the harm to her reputation. The case is extremely noteworthy from a tech and journalistic point of view, because the judge ruled that thedirty.com and operator Nik Richie were not immune from liability for third-party comments. The judge distinguished the site because Richie solicited the comments and responded with more of his own. Essentially, the court found that he could be liable since he was involved in the comments, and the jury found him liable as well. However, the jury did not award Ms. Jones the multimillion-dollar verdict that Jones’ attorney Eric Deters asked for with the intent of putting the website out of business. Collecting on this judgment will still be a challenge for Jones and Deters.

Advertisements

3 responses to “Sarah Jones Wins Her Defamation Suit

  1. A loss for the 1st amendment.

    Good luck collecting.

    I’m a gentleman.

    -nik

  2. And now I have to watch my comments, so I don’t get sued for what someone else says. We may not agree with Mr. Richie comments, but it is a blow for the First Amendment and freedom of expression. You have some interesting issues on appeal!

  3. Pingback: Sarah Jones and Nik Richie In Court for Appeal of Defamation Judgment | crimcourts : A Criminal Law Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s