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Quote of the Day - My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I had no character. - Charles Barkley
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Craziness On The Internet, And Other Things You Probably Didn't Want To Know

It was just a matter of time, as MIPTC predicted earlier, and not all that long ago at that.  Yep, there's nothing like a man scorned to trigger a lawsuit. 

Todd Hollis, a self-avowed "highly respected" criminal attorney from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sued the website dontdatehimgirl.com for defamation.  Hollis alleged in his suit that the site posted comments like this one alleging that Hollis gave one woman herpes, among other per se defamatory statements.  It's unlikely, however, that Hollis will recover against the site itself, but highly likely he could recover against the women who posted these statements. 

According to one of this blog's sister (should I say "familial"?) publications, the Miami-based Daily Business Review, Hollis' suit claims that "he and his attorney asked [site operator and defendant Tasha] Joseph to take down the comment," but she refused.  He claims subsequent postings occurred, including one declaring he was homosexual or bisexual, another saying he had infected a woman with a sexually transmitted disease and another complaining about the quality of his home and his clothing."

Ouch.  Some days it may not be worth getting out of bed in the morning.  Or checking that website, if you're a guy in the dating market, even if you do get an apology.

The several posts from the site are chronicled on SoCalLawBlog if you want to exercise your prurient interest a bit further. The Don't Date Him Girl site is written by women, for women and refuses to accept posts that comment about women.

Turnabout is fair play however, and there is a nondiscriminatory site called Psychos and Players where you can find posts about both women and men.  Posting about someone else might not only end up in a lawsuit, but making everyone involved more famous than they need to be. 

Some things are better left unsaid.  And unwritten.

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