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Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:17 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 5:26 pm
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Attention flamers, vicious posters and other reputation-savaging knuckleheads who hide behind the anonymity of chatroom walls while tossing grenades at others:

Phil Mickelson is fighting back.

In a move that could bring unintended light to a very personal issue, Mickelson filed suit in Canada to learn the identity of a person who has been ripping him on the Internet.

According to the Courthouse News Service, Mickelson alleges in the complaint that "the postings suggest that plaintiff has an illegitimate child, that his wife has affairs and other similar vexatious statements that are absolutely untrue and, simply put, vicious.”

Mickelson has long been dogged by wild and absurd rumors, and his wife Amy has even been known to make jokes with friends about them.

But nobody’s kidding around this time.

"I'm all for freedom of speech, but I won't tolerate defamation, and so I've got a great attorney who's on it," he said after the first round of the Phoenix Open on Thurday.

Mickelson sought and was granted by San Diego Superior Court the right to subpoena Yahoo! for information about the identities of two screen names, "Fogroller" and "Longitude," and Yahoo! responded with Fogroller's Internet protocol address, which is registered to a Videotron subscriber, according to the Courthouse News report.  

The news report states that Videotron's attorney said Mickelson needs a court order for the company to provide him with the information. In the filing, Mickelson seeks the court order.

"It is urgent, and in the best interest of justice, to accurately identify the person using the 'Fogroller' pseudonym and posting these offensive and defamatory statements, in order to stop the dissemination of false and wrongful statements about the plaintiff and obtain reparation for the prejudice already suffered," the complaint states, according to Courthouse News.

Reparation, of course, is the legal euphemism that broadly means "blood and money."

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/
02/01/43527.htm

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I find it curious that with all the comments to this thread supporting openness and standing behind your comments, none of the screen names posting are similar to "BillJonesInFresno" or "ThomasSphinkterInHoboken".  You don't need Facebook to be recognized if you think that identification is such a good thing.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Troll of the year?



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

must be soccer fans...Frown




Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I am a little perplexed by the comment Ellings makes calling reparations "the legal euphemism that broadly means "blood and money." Sounds like he thinks what Phil is doing is petty, small minded  or something. The dictionary defines reparations as: "the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice" That is what Phil seems to be doing here and rightfully so. Its not blood and money, but what he is entitled to for the wrong done. I hope Phil gets to the bottom of this and makes this Canadian nitwit be accountable for his actions and hopefully Elling will see that there is a difference between his definition and the dictionary!



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

My guess is Phil has little intention of suing them, but simply wants to expose their identities and humiliate them.  I'm all in favor.  For that matter, as much as I don't like Facebook, I wish all sites would just use Facebook for their comments section so that commenters would be more civil in their discourse.  It's amazing how people change their tone when they have to show their face.



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

The litigious nature of our country is becoming more and more clear; what a joke.  ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,''...Dick the Butcher



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Phil, I wish you luck in winning this suit.  Too many people attack others anonymously on the internet and these stalkers like canuckle deserve to be shutdown.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Kudos for Phil. Way too many people hide behind the 'anonymity of the internet' a notion that is false by the way. Nothing you do on the internet is anonymous as far as IP addresses and MAC addresses go. Hacking that information is very easy and MAC identifyers are unique. In America you cannot go around libelling people or slandering people, destroying their reputation without recourse. There is recourse. I hope Phil sues this douchebag into oblivion. This guy is no better than the people who created a Facebook page to mock, deride and defame a little girl who was dying of cancer and eventually did die. You fit right along those scumbags.

If you are not brave enough to say whatever your saying to the face of whoever you are saying it too than you are a punk that deserves whatever financial repercussions your damaging acts warrant. You go Phil.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

The sad part of this is even though Phil is doing the right thing, it is receiving hundreds of times more attention and therefore, views than if he had done nothing. You go Phil, have a great 2012 Cool



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Wow, slippery slope Phil!  I'd love to be 'outed'; then I'd sue Yahoo or CBS for everything they had.  Part of the beauty of the internet is the ridiculousness that goes on in anonymity; eventually eroding into racism and bigotry.  Racist, bigots and clowns need a platform too!  Lighten up (Phil) Francis. Ha ha!


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