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Associated Press, Published August 20 2012

Appeals court overturns $60K award against blogger

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An appeals court has overturned a $60,000 award against a Minneapolis blogger whose post led to a man's firing.

The case against John Hoff, known as “Johnny Northside,” had drawn attention for its free speech implications.

Hoff wrote a blistering post in 2009 on a man named Jerry Moore, accusing him of being involved in mortgage fraud. Moore was quickly dismissed from a University of Minnesota job in which he was to study foreclosures. Moore then sued Hoff.

A district court jury found that Hoff's post was true, but his actions interfered with Moore's employment contract.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/SIIqtS ) the appeals court ruled that Hoff can't be liable if the information he posted is true.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com


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