Miranda v. Sykes, No. _____ (
Status: Settled for $5,000 charitable donation
A radio talk show host who posted and responded to a listener's e-mail on his blog (http://www.620wtmj.com/_content/talk/charliesykes/index.asp) settled a lawsuit against him for $5,000. WTMJ-AM talk show host Charlie Sykes removed the e-mail within a few hours of posting it in November 2004 post, after he learned that it contained factual errors. But the posting was still available via an enterprising Internet search three months later. The suit, filed by Spanish Journal editor Robert Miranda, was settled in return for the station establishing a $5,000 scholarship for high school journalism students.
Links and Court Documents:
http://www.620wtmj.com/_content/talk/charliesykes/index.asp?id=8&month=7&year=2005 (scroll down to July 27, 2005, 7:19 a.m. entry)