A jury awarded $60,000 to a man who lost his job after being exposed by a local blogger. John Hoff connected Jerry Moore to mortage fraud, and he was fired the next day from his job at the University of Minnesota where he was studying foreclosures.
Rosie Gray, Village Voice:
Moore couldn't sue for libel because in order to win a libel suit, you have to prove falsity. Even so, the jury still thought Hoff's posts were damaging enough to merit legal redress. For two years now, Moore and Hoff have been engaged in a legal battle, which has now culminated in the First Amendment being kicked in the shins.