Skip to comments.Internet trash talk results in lawsuit; Medina man sues over chatroom posts
Posted on 01/18/2006 12:07:24 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican
Medina- George Gillespie knows Bob Charpentier and Mike Marlowe only from an America Online chatroom, where they have traded insults electronically for five years.
But face-to-face meetings in Medina County Common Pleas Court may be in their futures.
Gillespie, of Medina, sued the two men - one from Oregon and the other from Alabama - saying that they insulted and harassed him to the point that "no reasonable man could be expected to endure it."
Gillespie, 52, is seeking a $25,000 judgment. He also sued America Online Inc., charging that the Internet service provider was negligent in not canceling Charpentier's and Marlowe's accounts after he filed complaints against them.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.
Let me take a stab at where this is headed. This guy will be represented by a LAWYER. The other guys will be represeted by a LAWYER. There will be 1,000's of other cases like this with this new rule about anonomous postings offending people. Each case will require minimum of 2..you guessed it..LAWYERS.
This will be a total drag on the court system and will make a lot of money for..one last time...LAWYERS!
More than amazing, it's frightening. If the courts decide to intervene on the behalf of a participant in a flame war, that's the end.
"Of the LAWYERS, by the LAWYERS and for the LAWYERS."
World's first internet bullies? Or, world's first internet crybabie?
As someone succinctly observed: We don't have a justice system, we have a legal system.
Seriously, I will be interested in following this and how much liberal interest "rights" groups (ACLU, etc.) take a stand in this.
And who does the complainant allege forced him into that chatroom to take the alleged abuse till he could stand it no more?
Respect my a-thor-a-tai!!!
You bitches jump when I say jump...
Further, we must assume he was chained to his keyboard, not allowed to log off and limited to only one website.
If the courts decide to intervene on the behalf of a participant in a flame war, that's the end.
And this knucklehead feels A-O-hell has some sort of duty to tombstone paying customers?
He may as well sue his computer manufacturer and ISP. And the person who taught him how to use the computer. Heck, throw in the operating system manufacturer. And the power company that provides electricity to his home or any other place he signed on for the abuse. Not to mention the company that made the desk on which his PC sits, and the chair maker.
Come to think of it, he should sue God for giving him a life that could be so harshly treated.
(You're giving the liars..er, ah, LAWYERS more ideas!)
The original report of this ongoing story stated that these two men (being sued) physically went to the plaintiff's home and photographed it, then they posted the pics online. So why was the jerk giving out his personal info in a chatroom? Furthermore..what's the ISP got to do with it? Why sue AOhell, they don't care who insults who unless someone is gay and gets offended. AOhell is all about gays and no one else. Other than that, this whole story is stupid from the get-go.
To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice.
Senator Spector, the RINO gift which keeps on giving.
If he can demonstrate A-O-Hell failed to live up to their obligations under the terms of service agreement, the knucklehead can expect a ruling in his favor.
Bring back duelling.
If AO Hell doesn't have a clause in their user agreement saying basically they don't promise you, the user, diddly squat, they are sleeping.
It seemed like there was more to the story than the Plain Dull reported.
So on A-O-hell, they post pictures and allege this guy is straight? In Dennis! Kuchinich's District, such an allegation could ruin a "flamer's" reputation.
He'll need to sue his English teacher as well - after all, if he never learned English, he wouldn't have understood the insults.
Gillespie = pwned
Gillespie = pwned
Right you are. And the typing teacher, too. I wonder if he wears specs; if so, throw the optometrist or opthamologist, and the eyewear maker into the suit. If it's contacts, then we're talking serious money over the contacts maker and the cleansing and wetting solutions,
and if he has had lasik ...
You FReepers and your Viking Kitty haven't heard the last of me!
I read the rules of my ISP and basically it says that they can do anything they want to, any time they want to and if they want they can change any rules they want without notice to me.
Oh, I meant that in the earlier posted article re the same story that it was a bit more involved than this current article. I think the reason the guy sued these two was because they drove to his house and took photos. And then they went and posted them on the net. Sort of a harrassment thing, only he gave them his personal details in a chatroom. Why he did that, I have no idea.
AOhell never gets rid of anyone who causes trouble unless troublemaker flames a gay, it seems. They are oh so protective of gay rights over every else's at AOhell. That seems to be the consensus of many of my chat buddies there. Oh, and if you're an Arab terrorist or someone pretending to be one and make threats, why, AOhell thinks you are ok, too.
They just seem to hate us rightwingers, women, heterosexuals, Christians, churchgoers, billpayers, worker bees. Oh, and if we are troops, they REALLY hate us. AOhell is the ultimate libnut ISP and I despise them. AOhell is the ISP of the gay male neoMarxist and they don't want anyone else's business, it seems. Unfortunately, I'm dug in there for a bit longer till I can move elsewhere.
They must have said something pretty defamatory about Gillespie. I'm guessing they called him a liberal!
Tormentor: "No, this is Abuse...awfully sorry about that."
I learned the lesson presented here way back in middle school:
The rich kid with no comeback threatens with a lawyer.
He needs to plock down $15 for a book of comebacks.
Maybe the lawyers in the case could just call each other names in court and this goofball and his chatroom pals could stay out of it...
Ditto to what Gamecock just said in #25 and to anyone else left out in any way....so this is to ALL, everywhere, anytime, of any stripe.
:>) (i.e., with joyous regard)
That's it! I'm gonna sue!
Somebody get my lawyer on the phone!
Let me take a stab at where this is headed. This guy will be represented by a LAWYER. The other guys will be represeted by a LAWYER. There will be 1,000's of other cases like this with this new rule about anonomous postings offending people. Each case will require minimum of 2..you guessed it..LAWYERS. This will be a total drag on the court system and will make a lot of money for..one last time...LAWYERS!So, if I understand your post correctly, you are suggesting that this goofball gets upset and sues, and its entirely the fault of the lawyers? Does the non-lawyer who decided to sue have anything to say about it, or is he a poor helpless victim of a lawyer. I suspect this is the case, the lawyer read about this guy being flamed in one of the chat rooms. The lawyer then decided there was a good lawsuit here, and went to the guy's house, tied him up, made him get upset about the postings, drug him down the courthouse -- and MADE him file a lawsuit! Dang lawyers, forcing all these poor non-lawyers to file these lawsuits!
FWIW, if my understanding of the lawsuit is correct, he is alleging other actions besides a flame war. He is alleging that Marlowe traveled to Ohio from Alabama to file a change-of-address form for Gillespie to disrupt his mail service, took photos of his house for the purpose of publicly distributing them for harrassment purposes, etc. At some point, these internet spats can spill over into the real world.
Bring it on troll boy.
We can't help it that messianics show up as "other". Perhaps it's just an identity crisis of sorts. :-)
Oh, you are both sooooooo sued. (And darnnit, I can't find a screencap of Tom Cruise from the end of the South Park Scientology ep to go with that caption.)
Apparently one of the two men actually found out where this guy lives. Went to his home and took pictures and posted them on the Internet along with a bunch of nasty, harassment type stuff.
Moral: never give out private details on an anonymous chat board.
I was really confused whether I should be complimented by the very kind things Gamecock said, or wonder why Gamecock would think that I might think he hates me. :^D
... I think...
(...Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy, and Fr. Gerry, and Sr. Rita,...)
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