A ruling has been made in one of the first lawsuits of its kind; suing for libel over a post on Twitter.
Courtney Love’s former lawyer, Rhoda Holmes filed a lawsuit back in May 2010, accusing the Hole frontwoman of libel when she wrote that Holmes had taken a bribe. The tweet that Love posted, alleged that Holmes had refused to represent her in litigation against the estate of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, because Holmes had been “bought off.”
During court, Love had said that the tweet had been intended to be a direct message to someone as an answer for a question they had asked and accidentally posted it in the public forum. She quickly deleted the tweet from her account when she realized what had happened.
After four hours of deliberation, the 12-person jury found that she indeed published a tweet that contained false information while 11 of them did conclude it would have been damaging to Holmes’ reputation.However, they also ruled 9-3 that Holmes’ lawyers did not prove that Love knew that the statement had inf act been false at the time meaning that she could not be held for libel.
While Holmes did not come out $8 million richer, like she probably hoped for at the initial beginning of the lawsuit, her attorney Mitchell Langberg told Reuters, “What she’s really happy about is when the jury found that she didn’t get bought off, that she didn’t abandon her client for money.”