<< Subject: Re: Legal action against serious false accusations on Usenet
From: "Chas" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, Aug 9, 2003 9:05 AM
"S888Wheel" <email@example.com> wrotepedephile.On one of the Usenet message boards I was falsely accused of being ado iWhat legal recourse do I have? What action can and should I take and howDepends on whether you want revenge or money.go about it?
Do you know who it is- name, address, etc.?
If you do, draft up a good looking letter; give him a notice of intent to
sue and don't leave him an easy way out.
Pull down a complaint that fits your needs, process it, repro it and, after
30 days or so, file it with the Federal District Court in your District-
about $125 for the filing plus your repro costs. Look at the complaint that
Sidney Blumenthal's wolves drew up against Matt Drudge and AOL.
Use a 'postal' service of process so he has plenty of time to ruminate over
it. Maybe make a post on the board where he defamed you- tell him to expect
delivery; let him think about how to avoid it, or answer it; let him stew
A lawyer only has one way to answer your grievance, and so he is primarily
concerned with evaluation and assignment of 'damages'- he may be able to
satisfy your needs or he may not.
Depending on your intent and your diligence, you can take control of the
assault and reverse his attack, to his detriment. Step out of the arena that
he's chosen, and pull him into an arena with which he's not familiar or
There's enough law to go around.
'It's Fighting, not Folkdancing!'
Thank you for your response. What i want is my good name preserved. I want
someone who makes maliceous attacks with such power of potential damaage duely
punished. His accusations are no better than an assult in my view. I am not
interested in getting money. So punishement and public record of my innocence
are my priorities. I do know his name and his place of residence. My father is
a retired lawyer. he can write up a very good looking lawyer. If one writes a
letter of intent to sue one must sue correct? This is not to say i would not be
happy to do so.
Thank you for your help. Just for clarification you recomend I draft a letter
of intent to sue, post on the board that he can expect a letter of that nature,
wait 30 days and then file a complaint with the Federal District Court and use
a postal service of proccess. What would be the nature of my complaint? what do
false acusations of criminal actions on an internet message board fall under?