Cyberslander Claims Face Constitutional ConcernsIn one of the first trials of its kind, a cyberslander trial ended with a verdict for the defense. The jury trial rejected a $700 million suit by an Internet company that claimed it was harmed by negative electronic messages posted by an employee of a competing company. In the case of ZixIt Corp. v. Visa International et al, it was alleged that the vice president of Visa had posted more than 400 anonymous messages that were negative about the company and caused the stock to drop in price. This verdict demonstrated that these cases will be difficult to prove.
The following questions have been addressed in this article:Have there been other cases that have addressed similar issues?
Can companies hire a firm to look for defamatory material being posted about them?
What are the obstacles of successfully suing these cyberslanderers?