Topix Anonymous Poster Lawsuit – Jury Awards $13 Million

Topix Anonymous Poster Lawsuit, troll lawsuit

A Texas Jury has awarded $13.8 Million to Mark Lesher & Rhonda Lesher in the Anonymous Poster case in Lesher v. Topix. This was a defamation lawsuit against anonymous message board posters on the popular website The McClatchy Company, Tribune Company and Gannett media companies have a an ownership in Topix. Mark and Rhonda Lesher of Clarksville, Texas filed the suit against the anonymous posters who accused them of being sexual deviants, molesters and drug dealers. In February 2009, a Texas judge ordered Topix to turn over identifying information about the anonymous posters (or Trolls) including the IP Addresses, or the unique name assigned to each computer. This led to the couple that had accused the Leshers of sexual assault in 2008. The The jury ordered Jerry Coyel to pay Mark Lesher $5.1 million for mental anguish and loss of reputation. Shannon Coyel and Charlie Doesher must pay $1.7 million each. Jerry Coyel must pay Rhonda Lescher $3.168 million for mental anguish, loss of reputation and loss of her business, a hair salon and day spa. Shannon Coyel and Charlie Doescher were ordered to pay Rhonda Lescher $1.056 million each. Sources: ABC News Citizen Media Law Project Wikipedia

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