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Russo & Hale threatens defamation suit

Monday, April 09, 2007 by Dave Winer.

Earlier today my lawyers received a letter from Jack Russo, my former attorney and former friend, demanding that I retract statements I made here on Scripting News.  Permalink to this paragraph

I just had a conference with my attorneys, and read some background on libel law as it applies to bloggers, from the EFF, and California's anti-SLAPP statute.  Permalink to this paragraph

I'm not going to, at this time: 1. Publish their letter; 2. Link to the portions of articles they want retracted; 3. Retract anything previously published. Permalink to this paragraph

I am going to spend some time thinking about this, studying, and learning about libel law to find out what the options are.  Permalink to this paragraph

I am going to solicit the opinion of readers of this site, especially those who are lawyers.  Permalink to this paragraph

I take my integrity as a blogger seriously. I only say things I believe to be true; and if there's any doubt, I label opinions as such. I have at times made mistakes, and when that happens, I retract and apologize. If I have done this, in the matter of Russo & Hale and its lawsuit against me, UserLand and VeriSign, I will both retract and apologize. But anything I do is going to be done openly and in consultation with the readers of Scripting News. Permalink to this paragraph

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