The Court of Appeals addressed an important issue – a newspaper’s obligation to reveal the identity of one who has commented on an online news story where the commentator’s statements were arguably defamatory. The Court held that a newspaper may be compelled to reveal the person’s identity if the plaintiff can first make a prima facie case of every element of a defamation claim. Our Court attempted to strike a balance between the often-competing interests of preserving free speech and punishing defamatory statements.
This case has potentially far-reaching impact and attracted two amicus briefs. This case seems to involve important constitutional issues on which the Supreme Court may wish to comment.
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