Bell v. Shah, Civil No. 05-0671 (D. Conn. filed April 27, 2005).

Status: Transferred to S.D. Fla. (March 31, 2006), then settled.

Plaintiff Joel Bell, who serves as a manager for several professional sports players, sued a writer for the the website (which closed when the legal action was threatened) for items on the site disparaging Bell. Ruling on a motion to dismiss, the federal court in Connecticut held that it lacked personal jurisdiction over the defendant, a Florida resident, even though the website was set up and registered by a one-time Connecticut resident. After the federal court in Connecticut moved the case to the federal court in southern Florida, the parties settled.

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