False Light Claim for Leaving Former Employee's Name as Domain Registrant

A Missouri appellate court has recognized a false light tort claim where a company failed to remove a former employee’s name from its Web site campaign. The court found that the subsequent abusive blogging received by the employee could be the basis for the tort claim of false light. Meyerkord v. Zipatoni, Court of Appeals, Eastern District, No. ED90736, December 23, 2008.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Will the false light case generate litigation on other other forms of Internet mistakes?
What about the potential problems of limiting free speech on the Internet?
What other potential causes of action exist in these circumstances?

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