Friday, January 13, 2006

Crazy Online Stuff...

I am quite sure there have been many a silly lawsuit concerning the internet...this is the first one that I've read about that really stuck out.

A man is suing ($25K) two men that were "mean to him" in an AOL chat room. (Be careful Free, if this guys wins...;) Meanwhile, they have all been in the same chat room for over five years --why did he keep going back if he was so offended?

"A generation ago, such petty personal beefs might have been settled with fists outside the corner bar, but now it's the Internet age — and Ohio resident George Gillespie instead filed a $25,000 lawsuit against two erstwhile cyber chums he met in the sprawling 900-room, mostly anonymous society that makes up AOL's chat universe.
Gillespie, 53, claims that Marlowe and Bob Charpentier, a 52-year-old Oregon resident, insulted him and harassed him in the AOL chat room called "Romance — Older Men" to the point where it inflicted "severe emotional distress and physical injury that is of a nature no reasonable man could be expected to endure it." (source)

This will be heard in court on January 31st and if the judge doesn't throw this right out and fine the plaintiff for filing a frivolous lawsuit and clogging the docket with nonsense -then we have gone deeper into the litigious quagmire than I could have imagined.

On the flip side, a 22 year old man in Oak Park heights Minnesota was posing as a 17 year old and going by the name Caspian James Chrichton Stuart IV. Student journalists, after some reading on his My Space page, did some online tracking and found that he was actually a sex offender on Florida's registry.

"It turned out that he was Joshua Adam Gardner, who was convicted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Winona County of Minnesota in 2003." (source)

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