Traverse Internet Law reports that a South Carolina state court has awarded Scott Brandon $1.8 million in damages for defamation arising out of statements published on a Myrtle Beach based blog. Brandon, who is the head of an ad agency, sued in 2008 claiming that Wizeman was the author of Myrtle Beach Insider and that Wizeman had defamed him by publishing a June 2007 post calling him a “failed lawyer” and criticizing one of his ad agency’s campaigns. Traverse Internet Law reports on significant online defamation cases that lead to monetary judgments.
The $1.8 million award came after Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein assigned a “special referee” to determine damages and the court official, acting in place of the Judge, recommended an award to Brandon of $800,000 in compensatory damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages.
Traverse Internet Law continues to see judgments in excess of $1 Million for online defamation and Mr. Dozier’s upcoming release date for the “Google Bomb” book detailing this incredibly complex area of law is set for release September 1, 2009.