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Old 02-25-2010, 12:15 AM   #1
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Mundine could make more money suing this forum than fighting!!


Cyber poison-penner hunted down and sued
TONY WRIGHT

February 25, 2010



LEGAL counsel Martin Bennett has a short message for those who allow themselves to attack reputations over the internet, imagining they are safe under the cloak of anonymity. ''You can be hunted down and found,'' he said yesterday.

Mr Bennett has done just that for a Perth client, winning $30,000 in damages and costs, an apology, and undertakings from a Colac man that he won't post any more defamatory comments.
The hunt for the man's true identity proved the stuff of private detective novels updated into the age of blogs.

It is, Mr Bennett said, one of a very few such actions in Australia against the author of anonymous postings on an internet forum. He predicts it is the tip of a legal iceberg.

''There has been an increasing proliferation of internet chat sites where people feel free to hide their identities and make defamatory comments about companies and their executives and directors,'' he said in a statement released after the case in the Supreme Court of Western Australia was resolved.

The action against Graeme Gladman began after highly uncomplimentary comments appeared last November under pseudonyms on the HotCopper website, a stockmarket forum.

The postings related to technology security company Datamotion Asia Pacific Ltd and its Perth-based chairman and managing director, Ronald Moir. One posting appeared under the pseudonym of ''witch''.

Datamotion and Mr Moir hired Mr Bennett to launch defamation proceedings. But first Mr Bennett had to track down ''witch''. He asked HotCopper to reveal the identity of the person registered under that pseudonym, plus two others under different pseudonyms, but HotCopper refused.

Mr Bennett then took court action, forcing HotCopper to turn over its files. ''Unfortunately, the registered membership name appeared to be false,'' he said. ''It turned out to be attached to an escort service in Geelong.''

But Mr Bennett was not prepared to concede the trail was cold. He told The Age he did not wish to reveal the details of his next detective steps, but the upshot was a defamation action against Mr Gladman alleging that, as a result of his postings, Datamotion and Mr Moir had been ''brought into hatred, contempt and ridicule and thereby suffered damage''.

It was resolved last week, with Mr Gladman agreeing to pay damages totalling $20,000, taxed legal costs of $10,000, and to provide apologies and undertakings not to publish further defamatory postings.

Mr Bennett has launched two more cases. Both are pending before the WA Supreme Court.
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:21 AM   #2
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Bring it on.
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:44 AM   #3
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Ash will be one of the few who is safe from the clout of Mundine's legal council - lookout the rest of us!

(on a serious note, the above article has to come as good news, other than to the minority Trolls who try to stuff it for the majority with their b/s)
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:06 AM   #4
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Bring it on.
Leon you would claw some back from Kronks return insults.
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:09 AM   #5
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He insulted me back?

When?
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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So Leon's assets are seized and Kronky wins 2000 boxing matches on hard drive and half a packet of Pall Mall filter. He'll be stoked when he get's Johnny Cochrane's bill......
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:56 AM   #7
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He'll never find the drive full of European Po ah nature docos.
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:09 AM   #8
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that's something we share between friends hey?
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:34 AM   #9
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Can you imagine the descripions on that spreadsheet?

Would take me decades to complete.
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:45 AM   #10
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that's something we share between friends hey?
Please book a private room. Too much information.
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Hmmmm... suddenly ESB sounds lucrative to me also.. I wrote many positive Mundine posts a year ago.. I should be able to sue for positive comments with little return.. It worked for John Laws.

Rodin commented about "..your drugs"... I want my cut of that also!!

Numerous people have 'bet' Im a **** wit.. I want my winnings..
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Hmmmm... suddenly ESB sounds lucrative to me also.. I wrote many positive Mundine posts a year ago.. I should be able to sue for positive comments with little return.. It worked for John Laws.

Rodin commented about "..your drugs"... I want my cut of that also!!

Numerous people have 'bet' Im a **** wit.. I want my winnings..
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:17 AM   #13
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Now Im being laughed at......

PAIN AND SUFFERING!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:12 PM   #14
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Perhaps this explains why Leon turned to the dark side a while back!

(seem to remember he had a bad case of Mundinitis for about a week, some time ago)
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Perhaps this explains why Leon turned to the dark side a while back!

(seem to remember he had a bad case of Mundinitis for about a week, some time ago)

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