Couple awarded $13 million in defamation case say laws must change

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A couple was accused of child molestation on their ranch but was eventually cleared on bail.  Although they were never found guilty the backlash of the allegation cost them their jobs and livelihood.  They had to sell their home and close down their respective businesses because everyone thought they were still guilty.  People were writing negative things about them online long after the trial was closed.  Their lawsuit consisted of websites releasing the names of the people who had posted defamatory comments online about them.  They did win that case because the comments people were right were very malicious and false.  Some of the people who posted comments said that they have the right of free speech, but an attorney said that still does not encompass libel.  These people were writing false facts about the couple.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Cleaning-up-a-Dirty-Online-Reputation-149328735.html

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