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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: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:15 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

This story should be a daily post on the CBS Sportsline to at least make some of the idiots in our midst  hesitate before they post racist, threatening, and downright hateful comments.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:59 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

As someone who works with kids this is a huge problem especially with the younger generation.   They will write anything online because they don't view people as people....everyone is just a facelss name somewhere out there and nobody cares about the feelings or just simply decency that we all should provide for each other.....I'm not sure what the free speech arguement will or won't protect here but on principle.....there's something very wrong here



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:54 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Good for Phil! Even on this site, the ignorant rants/blogs some of these people post are ridiculous in nature because they know no one will ever match a face with a screen name. While I'm not in favor of censorship as a whole, lies and defamation have no place in society, unless it comes directly from the government...just kidding. If you are man enough to post something, then you should be held accountable, that's all...
I agree 100%!



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:53 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I rarely have rooted for Phil on the course, but I am rooting for him 100% in the courts! The societal issue of hiding behind anonymity to conduct a campaign of slander has spiraled so out of control that the judicial system just has to step in. It's not just Phil: any celebrity or politician has a huge target on his/her back, of course. But so does the boss in the office, the religious leader in a community, the ethnic minority member who is succeeding in a competitive environment, the painfully shy child next door who is getting taunted at school...no one is exempt. Good luck, Phil. May you make an example of that slanderer.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:49 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

I agree 100% Hogs.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:43 am
 

Mickelson sues to quash on-line Canucklehead

Good for Phil! Even on this site, the ignorant rants/blogs some of these people post are ridiculous in nature because they know no one will ever match a face with a screen name. While I'm not in favor of censorship as a whole, lies and defamation have no place in society, unless it comes directly from the government...just kidding. If you are man enough to post something, then you should be held accountable, that's all...


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